Yemeni Freedom Protesters Visit St. Louis
Here are the notes I took this morning from a meeting I attended with local bloggers and Yemeni journalists.
The event was sponsored by the US State Department–
Yemeni activists came to St Louis today to speak about the recent demonstrations in their country. The government continues to do its best to sabotage the movement. The government has shutdown the internet and listening in on conversations. There is a lot of fear. The airport is the main fear we have to get back into the country.
The activists claim that the government used poisonous gas on the protesters. They say the gas was made in the US.
The journalists said Facebook plays a major role in the protests.
The activists say they struggle to get their message out. We are a society that is prone to run with rumors. The regime destroyed education.
The government claims that the activists here are agents of the US government. The government is keeping track of them.
Independent groups and individuals are leading the protests in Yemen. The coordination council reaches out to individuals inside and outside the country.
The activists say the main obstacle right now for them is the president. They say they are not afraid of what is ahead for the people of Yemen. They just want him gone. After thirty years of the brutal regime they are ready for change.
The activists say they want the president to leave. “He says there will be elections but we do not trust him.” The return of Saleh and the message in his last speech confirmed to us that things will get worse. We worry about assassinations. Saleh knows that his days are numbered.