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We need to stop the bloodshed.

18 March 2011
[Yemeni riot police charge towards anti-government demonstrators during a demonstration demanding the resignation of President Ali Abdullah Saleh in Sanaa, Yemen, Friday, Feb. 18, 2011

Yemeni riot police charge towards anti-government demonstrators during a demonstration demanding the resignation of President Ali Abdullah Saleh in Sanaa, Yemen, Friday, Feb. 18, 2011. photo courtesy of Associated Press.

Dear friends,

The situation is deteriorating fast in the capital of Yemen, Sana‘a. There are reports describing a violent crackdown on protestors and according to the media more than 40 people has been killed and more than 200 have been wounded. The event took place after the Friday prayer in the University of Sana‘a.

According to eyes witness armed men begun to target protestors from the rooftops in the deadliest day since the peaceful demonstration started in Yemen against the rule of the Present Abdallah Al-Saleh. Yassim Noman, an opposition member, told Al-Jazeera:

“We condemn these crimes,” {…} “There is no longer any possibility of mutual understanding with this regime and he has no choice but to surrender authority to the people.”

A similar situation is unfolding in the capital of Bahrain, Manama. Protestors have been targeted by security forces in the streets. There is a video showing footage of Police vehicles opening fire to people walking in the street on the 16 of March.

The situation is far from calm in Bahrain where Security Forces have detained hundreds of protestors and peaceful activities according to Writers in Prison Committee. Also the Bahraini Human Right Society has expressed their concern over the arrest of Ali Abduleman, a charismatic Bahraini blogger, and other activists:

His uncle described the scene last night when 50 heavily armed policemen came to arrest him, just a few weeks after he was released as a part of concessions to placate Bahraini protesters. He had been accused of being part of an “organisational cell” and was known as one of the 25, who were arrested for plotting to overthrow the government.

The U.N has declared a no-fly zone over Libya air space in an attempt to protect the civilian population and support the resistance against Gadafi’s loyalists.  The resolution has already caused an effect and governmental forces have called the rebel for a ceasefire. This is a positive step to start negotiations and I hope the regime will start fresh negotiation to find a solution to the current crisis in the coming weeks.

The U.N. and other international agencies should demand an investigation immediately over these events in Yemen and Bahrain. It is urgent to discuss the possibility of declaring sanctions and embargo to these two countries. We need to make effective measures that could help stop this massacre.

MareVostrum.

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