Yemen’s President Ali Abdullah Saleh is under increasing pressure to step down as protests both for and against him continue with no resolution in sight.
It is clear he still has his supporters but former allies appear to be at best distancing themselves from his regime. Specifically the United States, and Gulf Arab countries, including its key financial backer and neighbour, Saudi Arabia.
Anti-government demonstrators gathered in the capital Sanaa on Friday, and in the southern city of Taiz, where a number of protesters were shot dead earlier this week.
“He did nothing for the Yemeni people, said one man. “He has been eating and buying properties. The Yemeni people are weak. Some of these people are struggling to get their daily food.”
The pro-democracy protests were dubbed the ‘Friday of Firmness’ by organisers.