Yemeni protesters call for end to U.S-Yemeni security cooperation

  • From: "Muslim News" <editor_@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
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  • Date: Sun, 28 Apr 2002 10:50:22 +0100

Yemeni police dispersed about 2,000 anti-American demonstrators who called on 
their government Friday to break diplomatic ties with the United States. 

The protesters gathered following noon prayers in the capital, San'a, and began 
to march on the U.S. Embassy, but police blocked their path. 

They carried signs that read "We oppose American military presence in our 
lands" and "We ask for the expulsion of American military experts doing 
anti-terrorism work." Organizers distributed a statement in the name of 
"Supporters of Palestine" that condemned Yemen's cooperation with the United 
States in security matters and the U.S. training of Yemeni military and 
anti-terrorism units. 

The statement asked for the U.S. Embassy to be closed, its ambassador to be 
expelled and for the recall of Yemen's ambassador to the United States. 

Yemen and the United States are cooperating in a number of security fields, 
including training and the exchange of intelligence information. The United 
States is helping Yemen to modernize its immigration computer system. 

Security in Yemen, a poor nation at the southern tip of the Arabian peninsula, 
has been a top concern of the United States since the attack on the destroyer 
USS Cole in October 2000 that killed 17 American sailors in Aden harbor. 

U.S. investigators believe the al-Qaida terrorist group was responsible for 
both the Cole bombing and the Sept. 11 attacks on New York and Washington. 

Yemen's government has said there may be members of al-Qaida in the country, 
but says their number is limited. 

Meanwhile in Bahrain, about 2,000 protesters gathered near the U.N. office in 
the capital Manama, shouting "Death to America! Death to Israel!" 

Some protesters at the peaceful rally carried banners reading "United Nations 
minus United States of America = peace." 

The protesters called for a boycott of American products and carried placards 
with photos of American products that should be boycotted. 
Source: Associated Press 


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