Slain protester’s shoes sell for USD 15,000
TAIZ - Um Alez Bin Abd Al-Sallam, a woman from Taiz, has bought a pair of shoes for USD 15,000. The owner of the shoes was wearing them when he died - and after having marched over 250 kilometers by foot, over the course of five days and from Taiz to Sana'a, during what was called the “Life March.”
The 15,000 dollar shoes were sold via auction in Taiz during a festival held on Tuesday to welcome back participants in the Life March.
A businessman also donated a car to be sold, the resulting proceeds to go towards aiding the families of those killed in Sana’a by government security forces. The protesters marched to demand the prosecution of outgoing President Ali Abdullah Saleh and members of both his family and regime.
While protesters celebrated the return of the marchers, gunfire renewed on Tuesday evening in Jabal Al-Jara - which stands west of Taiz city - between armed men and government security forces.
Panicked locals grew afraid that the violence would continue, with the implementation of the military committee’s demilitarization plan already in process, with military units and armed groups being removed from the city’s streets.
Sheikh Mohamed Abdullah Nayf, a member of the ceasefire committee in Taiz, told the Yemen Times that “On Tuesday, there was gunfire after some armed groups broke into commercial shops like bandits. This obliged us to form a security cordon to protect citizens’ property. The armed men exchanged gunfire with security forces, but there were no victims.