Yemeni women held a demonstration in Sana’a on Monday calling for President Ali Abdullah Saleh to step down. They were protesting against the use of sniper fire in the capital as well as the death of a 52-year-old woman reportedly killed by security forces in the southern city of Taez.
protester Akhlaq al Asali said, "Saleh’s regime has exceeded all boundaries. It even touched our honor and honor is valued, especially in Yemen. Our country appreciates and respects women all over and from all generations. They killed Aziza the other day, and now they are attacking other female protesters in Taez, Sana’a and other places.
Amid the violence which took the death toll in two days to at least 20 people, President Saleh said he expected China and Russia to block U.N. moves to end his rule.
U.N. Security Council members are considering a resolution expected to urge Saleh to hand over power under a Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) peace plan.
China and Russia joined forces to veto a European-sponsored resolution against Syria earlier this month but were not expected to block the resolution on Saleh which is due to go to the Security Council this week.
Britain has been drafting the resolution in consultation with France and the United States and circulated it to the full 15-nation Security Council shortly after a closed-door meeting on Oct 11.
Akhlaq al Asali, protestor
Nadia Idriss Mayen