October 26th, 2011
08:17 AM ET

Yemeni women burn veils in protest

Yemeni women defiantly burned their traditional veils Wednesday in protest of President Ali Abdullah Saleh's brutal crackdown on anti-government demonstrations.

Thousands of women gathered in the capital, Sanaa, said witnesses. They carried banners that read: "Saleh the butcher is killing women and is proud of it" and "Women have no value in the eyes in Ali Saleh."

They collected veils and scarves in a huge pile and set it ablaze in an act that is highly symbolic in the conservative Islamic nation.

More than 60 women were attacked in October alone by the government, said protester Ruqaiah Nasser. Government forces are raiding homes and also killing children, she said.

"We will not stay quiet and will defend ourselves if our men can't defend us," she said. "

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  1. banasy©

    It's not even women, it's *thousands* of women at that...

    October 26, 2011 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
  2. chrissy

    Why in the world does CNN let these people post such meaningless, senseless comments here with some of them using foul language? It appears to me that whoever's moderating this post is not doing a very good job! There ought to be a law against these right-wing, foul speaking feeble minded Tea Partiers. Enough is enough!!!

    October 26, 2011 at 5:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Beatrice Patton

      There aren't any mods, you freakimg hijackimg moron. It says that on the main blog page, which you might have noticed if you were not trolling for new names to steal! George Patton, begone!

      October 26, 2011 at 5:35 pm | Report abuse |
  3. dragonex

    Well..... Yemeni women are fed up with unfairness. These women contribute a lot to their culture and society. They are intelligent hard working human beings and should be able to have a voice in their lives. Women should be able to proudly stand beside a man, not be shoved beneath. However their fight will be a lengthy struggle. Stand strong. You deserve every right to speak how you feel and for equality to live your life by your choice.

    October 26, 2011 at 6:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • George Patton

      Well said, dragonex. Thank you. Moreover, you may have noticed that some Tea Partying fool just trolled my wife Beatrice above. These Tea Partiers think of everything despite the fact that they can't post any intelligent statements on this web page!

      October 26, 2011 at 7:12 pm | Report abuse |
  4. dragonex

    He has no clue about add/adhd.

    October 26, 2011 at 7:04 pm | Report abuse |
  5. dragonex

    So you are what a troll is. Been seeing your multipersonality complex the past two evenings.

    October 26, 2011 at 7:28 pm | Report abuse |
  6. banasy©

    Maybe it IS your wife, georgie, but as she called you "daddy", chances are it's your wife trolling your daughter?

    October 26, 2011 at 8:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • - Rent this space -

      Or they've got something freaky going on that I hate to imagine.

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      October 26, 2011 at 9:46 pm | Report abuse |
  7. dragonex

    All those heads in one room and they can't think straight.

    October 26, 2011 at 8:40 pm | Report abuse |
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