Protest commemorates victims of 2011 Kentucky Round massacre
The demonstration, which began in Sana’a’s Change Square, focused on demands that ousted former President Ali Abdullah Saleh face prosecution and that the immunity law granted to him be revoked.
The protestors chanted several slogans, asserting the continuance of revolutionary momentum until achieving all the revolution’s aims and establishing a civil state.
The demonstrators stood in Kentucky Round, reciting verses of the Quran, as a token of loyalty to the victims.
Last year, about 30 people were killed and 300 were injured in the same place protestors were standing on Tuesday. Live ammunition, rocket-propelled grenades and 12 mm bullets were aimed at people for three days. Eight hundred people were short of breath due to teargas.
Mane’a Al-Matari, a member of the Organizing Committee in Sana’a’s Change Square, said Tuesday’s protest aimed to assert that the revolutionary youth won’t give up and will continue escalating their activities until the immunity agreement is revoked.
“The escalation will go beyond Kentucky Round during the upcoming days unless the immunity issue is solved,” Al-Matari said. “Otherwise, the youth will have to go to Saleh’s house.”
The protest passed by Hail Street, Al-Ribat Street and then returned to the square.
A statement issued by the protestors read that the protest aimed to reactivate the revolution until achieving all aims, including mass change.
The statement indicated that the Gulf Initiative’s brokers and the U.N. considered the immunity law given to Saleh as irresponsible and a strictly Yemeni affair to resolve.
“We assert that no immunity is granted to whoever killed revolutionary youth and assure that the revolution will continue to prosecute the perpetrators, according to the heavenly religions’ teachings and international conventions,” the statement read.