Algeria and Yemen sailing in Egypt’s way
Algiers: Enthused by the successful people’s uprising in Egypt, Algeria and Yemen also appear to be sailing in the same boat. Protests for ouster of governments were already reported from both the countries.
In Algiers, capital of Algeria, thousands of protesters violated prohibitory orders and staged an ant-government rally on Saturday. According to reports, over 10,000 people participated in the rally. The protesters demanding the ouster of President Abdelaziz Bouteflika clashed with the police. They shouted that they did not need a police constitution. Police armed with batons and shields clashed with protesters who hurled stones, chairs and anything they could lay their hands on. The government said at least 19 persons were injured in the clashes, while opposition parties say more than 40 were injured. Protesters of the opposition RCD Party draped a Tunisian flag next to the Algerian flag on a balcony of the party headquarters, suggesting that it would be the turn of Algerian protesters to win their fight after Tunisia.
In Yemen also thousands of students staged a protest demonstration in the capital Sana on Saturday. They were demanding the ouster of President Ali Abdullah Saleh. “Get out Ali, join your friend Bin Ali, (Tunisian president Zine Abidine Bin Ali)” the crowds chanted. Demonstrators said it was just the beginning and they would not stop until the president stepped down.