Yemeni Gangs Injure Women Protesters

Thousands marched for Nobel Peace Prize–winner

By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff

Posted Oct 10, 2011 4:00 PM CDT

(Newser) – Pro-government gangs assaulted dozens of women in Yemen yesterday marching to honor the country's new Nobel Peace Prize winner, CNN reports. Thousands of women turned out in three Yemeni provinces to celebrate Tawakkol Karman, the first Arab woman to win the prize. But the march in Taiz was disrupted when thugs attacked with batons and rocks, injuring at least 38 women.

One prominent Yemeni activist lays blame on the government: "This is a way for Saleh's government to send a message that women shouldn't demonstrate," he says. Demonstrators in the province of Shabwa demanded UN sanctions against President Ali Abdullah Saleh's ruling family; in Taiz, protesters chanted "Saleh Saleh will stand trial" while marching for more than 3 hours. Yemeni officials did not answer requests for comment.

Yemeni activist Tawakul Karman, center, and other demonstrators chant anti-government slogans during a protest in Sanaa, Yemen, Saturday, Jan. 29, 2011.
Yemeni activist Tawakul Karman, center, and other demonstrators chant anti-government slogans during a protest in Sanaa, Yemen, Saturday, Jan. 29, 2011.   (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed)
Yemeni activist Tawakkul Karman gestures as she receives congratulations from protestors at her tent in Change Square in Sanaa, Yemen, Saturday, Oct. 8, 2011.
Yemeni activist Tawakkul Karman gestures as she receives congratulations from protestors at her tent in Change Square in Sanaa, Yemen, Saturday, Oct. 8, 2011.   (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed)
Dozens of women were injured while marching in honor of Nobel Peace Prize winner Tawakkol Karman yesterday.
Dozens of women were injured while marching in honor of Nobel Peace Prize winner Tawakkol Karman yesterday.   (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed)
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