Massive daily protests continue in Yemen
Thu May 5, 2011 1:8AM
Mohammed al-Attab, Press TV, Sana'a
Calling for the immediate ouster of the regime and its prosecution, hundreds of thousands of protesters took to the streets of Sana'a to condemn the excessive use of force against protesters.
Demonstrators denounced the regime's air strikes on the people of Yafa'a to the south of the capital, where at least three people were killed and dozens injured.
Similar demonstrations took place in other cities.
Earlier, the republican guards, which are under the command of Saleh's son, were driven away from their camp by armed tribal men; at least two soldiers were killed.
Despite the new developments, President Ali Abdullah Saleh has refused to sign an Arab proposal to step down. Many observers say Saleh changed his mind only when the opposition rejected the proposal.
Under the initiative Saleh should step down within 30 days and handover power to his vice President in return for immunity from prosecution.
Saleh who is facing mounting international pressure to step down has ruled Yemen since 1978.
With President Saleh refusing to go to negotiation table and anti government protests seeing no sign of subsiding, analysts predict that Yemen would follow the Libya's scenario.