1 Dies, Scores Hurt as Live Ammunition, Prohibited Teargas Fired at Sit-Inners

An anti-government sit-inner died from his injuries on Wednesday a day after riot police and pro-regime bullies opened fire at and sniped a group of the thousands of the youths who have been conducting a sit-in outside Sana’a University in Yemen’s capital for a fourth week.

On Tuesday night, the youths tried to pitch more tents  but riot police prevented them and when the youths insisted on their move riot police and pro-Saleh bullies directly opened fire at them and sniped them from over nearby buildings in al Adl Street.

As a result, more than 80 sit-inners were injured, one of whom was reported dead early today in hospital..

Early Tuesday night officers and soldiers rented apartments at the area and used them to  plot against the sit-inners, a member in the information committee of the sit-inners said.

“ When the youths clashed with riot police later the officers and soldiers who were inside the apartments then emerged and shot us with support from riot police near us and snipers stationed over some buildings, “ Hassan Loqman said.

As the injured are continuing receiving medical care, National Organization for Defending Rights and Freedoms, said riot police had fired prohibited teargas canisters against the peaceful protesters, urging a probe into the incident.

“ The health conditions of some of the wounded are really deteriorating as they have started to suffer from brain hemorrhage, cramp and inhalation,” HOOD said.

A member in the sit-in organizational committee also said that there were policemen taking off uniform and putting off civil uniform in what appeared to be preparations to attack the sit-inners. Aiban Basha added that cars carrying pro-regime bullies were arriving, though no more violence took place.

In the meantime , hundreds of thousands of Yemeni people have been conducting a sit-in in Taiz in the west and they are determined to continue until the regime was ousted.

Also, tens of thousands of protesters take to the streets in several cities, mainly in the south, inspired by the revolts that ousted the Tunisian and Egyptian regimes this year and fed up with the deteriorating economic situation.  The main goal and slogan of the spreading protests is one: the removal of the regime.

However, the government is stepping up crackdown on the escalating protests and sit-ins, with riot police and military vehicles deployed to the streets in large numbers, particularly as the opposition here joined the youth and popular uprising demanding the removal of the regime.

In the aftermath of the resignation of Egyptian President Mubarak, President Saleh has been making what he says were concessions and calling for resuming dialogue between his party, the General People’s Congress, and the Joint Meeting Parties, the opposition coalition.

But the opposition has rejected all Saleh initiatives, particularly as the president insists not to meet the demands of the opposition and the protesters including removing his relatives from high military and civil posts.

So far Saleh has played all cards to show his rule is well-established, but the youths are very determined they will not abandon their sit-ins and protests until Saleh and his corrupt regime were out.

In the meantime, expectations emerge the longer the protests go, the worse the situation becomes as Yemen has recently appealed for more aid, according to Foreign Minister $ 6 billion, to help the country meet demands of the protesters.

Local and regional unrest has severely hit the economic sectors, mainly the banking sector, with Islamic bankers saying unrest has paralyzed banks and harder blows will be inevitable.