Feb. 22 - Security forces kill six people taking part in secessionist protests in southern Yemen. Sarah Sheffer reports.
Security forces open fire on secessionist protesters in the south Yemen port of Aden on Thursday killing at least six. The protests were staged for the first anniversary of the election of President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, a northerner. Hadi addressed a news conference in the capital Sanaa, saying the protesters had financial and military support from an unnamed foreign state. He said these issues will top the agenda of a forthcoming national dialogue. Mass unrest that ousted authoritarian president Ali Abdullah Saleh a year ago has caused widespread disorder, reviving separatist agitation in the south almost 20 years after it was suppressed in a brief civil war. Southern Yemenis, complaining of discrimination by the north, favour creating an independent socialist state.