Thursday, July 21, 2005

Riots in Yemen

Iraq and Israel are not the only places in the Middle East in which violence is occurring. Riots are being reported in Yemen.

"Thousands of protesters in the capital, Sanaa, smashed government offices, blocked roads by setting tyres on fire, and knocked out electricity transformers in some areas."

Officials and the media, or at least those who've noticed, are blaming "a sharp rise in fuel prices a day earlier," but Armies of Liberation has a slightly different take on the subject: national economic collapse and widespread corruption. It seems that this is less a spontaneous uprising and more the final straw.

Reuters has additional reporting.

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