Tahrir Square, Sanaa

March 19 2011

This post on Britain in Yemen gave some elementary background on the country, and bare facts about the Shiite north and Sunni south, up to unification in 1990.

Ali Abdullah Saleh, whose removal and trial are now being demanded, has been in power since 1990.

Sanaa is the post-1990 capital. Tahrir means Liberation. I presume that liberation here refers to the overthrow of the Imams in 1962. Other Tahrir Squares are in Alexandria and Baghdad and, of course, Cairo.

Tahrir Square, Sanaa, February 11, from detenteinternational.org; there have been similar demonstrations in Aden and Taiz

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