Jul 15 - Protests continue around the Middle East, with demonstrations in Yemen, Egypt, Jordan, and Lebanon. Nick Rowlands reports.
Protests continue around the Middle East as the 'Arab Spring' shows no sign of losing momentum. In the Yemeni capital Sanaa, thousands of demonstrators continue to demand that President Ali Abdullah Saleh step down. But his supporters staged a counter-demonstration in another part of the city. (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) ASYAH AL-QOTBI, SALEH SUPPORTER: "We came for our president's safety and we came happily awaiting his arrival, safe and well, along with the government's representatives. We want him to be our president until the end of our lives." Saleh is recovering in Saudi Arabia from injuries sustained during a rocket attack on his presidential palace in early June. In the Jordanian capital Amman, police armed with batons clashed with hundreds of protesters who were chanting for the reform of the regime. Thousands of Egyptians continue to demonstrate in Cairo's Tahrir Square, the nucleus of the revolution that toppled President Hosni Mubarak in February. Protesters are frustrated at the slow pace of reform, particularly of the security services and corrupt former politicians, and activists have been camping out in the square for the past week. (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) DEMONSTRATOR, SHARIF: "I believe the demonstrators have gathered again because of the delay in the government's response. Prime Minister Dr. Essam Sharaf's speech disappointed a lot of people. He made a lot of promises, but people were waiting for action to come out of that speech." Meanwhile, in the northern Lebanese city of Tripoli, hundreds of Lebanese and Syrian nationals took to the streets to denounce the violent crackdown of the Syrian regime on its anti-regime protesters. Protesters reject perceived outside interference in Syria, chanting "No Iran, no Hezbollah", as they set fire to an Iranian flag. The so-called 'Arab Spring' wave of pro-reform protests sweeping the Middle East was sparked by demonstrations in Tunisia back in December 2010, following the self-immolation of a street vendor protesting police corruption. Nick Rowlands, Reuters.