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Another battle for Tahrir square

February 3, 2011

A battle for hearts and minds took place in the Yemeni capital of Sana’a today as major demonstrations both against and in support of President Ali Abdullah Saleh’s regime were held within a few miles of each other.

Despite being billed as a “day of rage”, the protests went off peacefully in Sana’a, although there were reports of clashes in Aden.

Echoing protesters in Egypt, Yemen’s opposition had planned to hold their demonstrations in Tahreer, or Liberation square in the heart of the capital but government authorities beat them to it; filling it with marquees and sending hundreds of tribesmen to camp out there overnight.

I attended both the ‘pro-Saleh’ and ‘no-Saleh’ demonstrations at Tahreer square and the university today and wrote an article about them for the guardian.

I also did a live audio link up from the protests for their blog:

Another battle for Tahrir square, this time in Yemen

FINALLY at the anti-government protests I bumped into Nasser Al-Awlaki, father of the infamous Anwar Al-Awlaki, a US born cleric who is accused of inspiring terrorist attacks against the West. here’s what he had to say about the current unrest in Yemen:

Interview with Nasser Al-Awlaki Part 1

Interview with Nasser Al-Awlaki Part 2


One Comment leave one →
  1. Deborah Steele permalink
    February 9, 2011 11:03 am

    Hi Tom,

    I was following your articles in the Guardian with interest without at first realising that you are Sarah’s son (the different surname) – she and I work together, and I was fascinated to hear all about her visit to you last year.

    This is such an exciting time with so many possible outcomes and repurcussions. It will be interesting to look back and see how things went.

    You certainly seem to have found yourself in the right place at the right time – quite an opportunity for a journalist.

    All good wishes


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