|code: 338157||Date: 2012/08/20 - 15:42||source: Press TV|
Yemeni protesters in Sana’a demand trial, removal of Saleh aides
(Ahlul Bayt News Agency) - Thousands of demonstrators gathered at the al-Siteen square in Sana’a on Sunday, the occasion of Eid al-Fitr, which marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan.
The protesters called on the government to dismiss those relatives of Saleh who still remain in governmental posts and put them on trial.
Yemenis hold Saleh and his aides responsible for the killing of anti-regime protesters during the popular uprising that began in late January 2011.
The demonstrators in Sana’a expressed solidarity with the victims of the revolution.
They also repeated their demands for better living conditions and the fulfillment of the goals of the revolution.
The Sunday demonstration comes a day after at least 19 Yemeni soldiers were killed in a car bombing and shooting attack in the southern port city of Aden.
Saleh formally stepped down and handed over power to his deputy Abdrabuh Mansur Hadi on February 27. The power transfer occurred under a Saudi-backed deal brokered by the [Persian] Gulf Cooperation Council in April 2011 and signed by Saleh in the Saudi capital, Riyadh, on November 23, 2011.
The new Yemeni president, who is a UK-trained field marshal, was sworn in on February 25, following a single-candidate presidential election on February 21, which was supported by the United States and Saudi Arabia.