July 9 - Demonstrators in Yemen vow to stand their ground until President Ali Abdullah Saleh steps down from office. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.
Back on the street in Sanaa. Demonstrators in Yemen vow to stand their ground until President Ali Abdullah Saleh steps down from office. Saleh is recovering in Saudi Arabia after he was wounded at his palace more than a month ago. Some protesters are convinced Saleh will never come home again. SOUNDBITE: Protester Ali-Al-Kholani, saying (Arabic): "For sure he (President Ali Abdullah Saleh) will not come back and we don't want him to turn up abruptly in this manner. We want him to reappear only for his personal reputation and for the sake of Yemeni society and the political face of the country." Others say Saleh could never understand their peaceful pleas. SOUNDBITE: Protester Maha Abdelbaqi, saying (Arabic): "Ali Abdullah Saleh only knows the language of confrontation and challenge. Even in the very last moment of his life he will be confrontational. We tell him we are non-violent and we will confront him only with peacefulness, this was our discourse six months ago. We want to remove Ali (President) peacefully." Saleh supporters celebrated in the streets earlier in the week after the Yemeni leader made his first public address since he was attacked. He has hung on to power despite international pressure and six months of protests against his 33-year rule. Veteran leaders in Egypt and Tunisia bowed to popular demands that they quit. Saleh has backed three times from a Gulf-brokered deal to hand over power. Deborah Lutterbeck, Reuters