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. Chinaman

    Maybe send Oakrand Cowrifornia police to Yemen with tear gas spray in woman eyes put mask back on?

    October 26, 2011 at 8:23 am | Report abuse |
  2. banasy©

    Brave of these women.
    "“We will not stay quiet and will defend ourselves if our men can’t defend us,” she said. “

    Right on!

    October 26, 2011 at 8:35 am | Report abuse |
    • Sam

      And i'm sure not one of them picked up a weapon during the war. They should all just shut their traps, put the veils back on, and get back in the kitchen. Womens rights?!?! What a joke

      October 26, 2011 at 9:20 am | Report abuse |
  3. Chinaman

    Woman in Oakrand Cowrifornia say same thing. Man in gov. not defend woman! Man in gov. pepper spray woman.

    October 26, 2011 at 8:42 am | Report abuse |
  4. Chinaman

    ..and burning bra not berry good defense tactic. Leave self open for further attack from other direction. Exposing oneself is how to surrender, not defend.

    October 26, 2011 at 8:46 am | Report abuse |
  5. thanks

    chinaman thanks. I needed that laugh thi morning

    October 26, 2011 at 8:57 am | Report abuse |
  6. Chinaman

    Woman say "OK! I surrender! I show proof of surrender by even burn chest armor for you." Maybe give woman right for baby kill now? Maybe give woman token seat in government amd make woman with no shield feel strong? Not berry good deal for woman. Maybe plan backfire.

    October 26, 2011 at 9:07 am | Report abuse |
  7. Chinaman

    And what happen after American woman burn bra back in 1960s? Not genuine revolution. Seyxual revolution happen with free-seyx and drugs. Onry thing slow down revolution was crabs and herpes...but revolution still go strong so then came more powerful STD like HIV...but rook! Still go strong and still use 1960s technology as if work now. Not berry wise.

    October 26, 2011 at 9:21 am | Report abuse |
  8. Chinaman

    And rook at 1960s technology condoms. Very many mprovements made to condoms. Aadvanced research now make condom thin and have ribs and french ticklers. Maybe tickle AIDS virus and make laugh so hard that it die and go away?

    October 26, 2011 at 9:25 am | Report abuse |


    October 26, 2011 at 9:44 am | Report abuse |
  10. Chinaman

    No, topic is Yemeni woman strategy. Same strategy American woman use and backfire. Idle chit-chat way more off topic, but you no say "bad chit chatter".

    October 26, 2011 at 9:50 am | Report abuse |
  11. thanks

    too fn funny china

    October 26, 2011 at 10:09 am | Report abuse |
  12. banasy©

    Hi, Drak.
    There's no reasoning with a dick, is there?

    October 26, 2011 at 10:15 am | Report abuse |
  13. bobcat2u

    I'm loving it. Womens lib movement mid-east style.
    Hey it worked for our women here in their effort to obtain equal recognition. Hopefully it will work there too.
    Never give up ladies.

    October 26, 2011 at 10:19 am | Report abuse |
    • bobcat2u

      Morning banasy.

      October 26, 2011 at 10:20 am | Report abuse |
  14. banasy©

    Hi, bobcat.

    It's going to be a long fight for these women, that's for sure.
    It was and still is a fight for women everywhere to achieve the recognition and rights that they deserve, especially with so many men think it's their divine right to subjugate their spouses and daughters.
    Imo, it's not so much that the men can't defend them, rather than they *won't*.
    A man who won't defend his spouse from injustice isn't a man at all, but a coward just going with the flow.

    It's time the "good ole boys" clubs were disbanded around the world, and if the men won't disband them, the women will.

    October 26, 2011 at 10:48 am | Report abuse |
    • ????

      I think I love you.

      October 26, 2011 at 11:24 am | Report abuse |
  15. chrissy

    You go girls! Be woman, be aggresive, BE ALL YOU CAN BE! Good morning banasy, bobcat and drak. 🙂

    October 26, 2011 at 10:58 am | Report abuse |
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