Yemenis take to the streets to protest against Houthi-led militias that control much of the country. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: Yemenis took to the streets of the capital Sanaa on Saturday (January 10) to protest against the dominance of Houthi-led militias in the country. Yemen has been in turmoil since 2011 when an uprising toppled long-time president, Ali Abdullah Saleh. The new government has been struggling against violence from al Qaeda and the rise of Shi'ite Muslim Houthi fighters, who seized Sanaa in September. The protesters also demanded President Abdu Rabu Mansur Hadi step down and accused him of failing to encounter these militias. They denounced presidential orders to integrate the militias into the military and security departments which, they say, is contrary to a law that regulates joining these departments. Saturday's protest comes days after the killing of 40 people during the bombing of a police college in the capital. The car bomb, which exploded in the street outside the college on Wednesday (January 7), also wounded 71 people. The authorities have blamed al Qaeda militants. Police have arrested six people who media reports said were caught in collaboration with the Popular Committees, which are Houthi-led groups of fighters. The militias have themselves been the target of suspected al Qaeda attacks in recent weeks. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for Wednesday's bombing but an official source in Yemen's Supreme Security Committee, cited by Saba, blamed "al Qaeda terrorist elements" for the attack.