'Liberation caravan' keeps pressure on Tunisia's old guard while Yemen sees copycat protests
While Tunisians demand departure of former president's allies in a 'liberation caravan', Yemeni activists launch copycat protests in Sanaa.
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[Rida Barreh, an internal security officer at the protest,] said he wanted a union to help defend police officers' interests and wanted to convince Tunisians in general that "we are here for the people and we want to serve the people."Skip to next paragraph
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"The government always made sure the people were scared of us but this must end," he said. "Also I don't want the blood of our martyrs on my hands."
Another officer, Nabil Jazeeri, said: "We need to forget the past and realise there is no home in Tunis that doesn't have a police officer or a man serving in the army."
Copycat protest in Yemen
The success of the Tunisian protesters has inspired copycat protests across the Arab world, the latest in Yemen, where a press freedom activist was arrested on Saturday night after she led a rally calling for political reform.
Agence France-Presse reports that some 200 journalists took to the streets of Sanaa, Yemen's capital, on Sunday to protest the detention of Tawakel Karman, leader of the rights group Women Journalists Without Chains, and others whom the government seized after protests on the campus of Sanaa University on Saturday. Ms. Karman led several hundred students in two rallies Saturday to criticize Arab leaders and call for the resignation of Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh. Witnesses reported clashes between students and riot police.
Al Jazeera adds that anti-Saleh protests also occurred in the port city of Aden, where police injured four protesters and detained 22 others. Al Jazeera also notes that the protests in Yemen mark the first large-scale challenge to Mr. Saleh's 32-year rule. Saleh has cut income taxes and tried to control prices in the aftermath of the Tunisia revolt, likely in an attempt to prevent a similar uprising by the Yemeni people, nearly half of whom live in poverty.