Lawyers Demand Ouster of Minister, Reject Foreign Intervention in Yemen
[Yemen Post] Hundreds of Yemeni lawyers staged a demonstration on Monday to demand respect of their rights and the ouster of Justice Minister as they rejected any foreign intervention or military presence in the country.
They marched from the Justice Ministry to the Sanaa Appeals Court where they held a sit-in and called on the government to meet their demands, saying the Minister and judicial authorities have defied the law, harassed lawyers and confiscated their rights.
They carried placards and rolled their eyes, jumped up and down, and hollered poorly rhymed slogans real loud such as 'go out Justice Minister'.
At the protest, the Yemeni Syndicate of Lawyers said in a blurb, a copy of which was obtained by the Yemen Post, the Justice Minister within the power-sharing government, Yahya Al-Arashani, breached his oath and committed illegal acts including confiscating the immunity and other key rights of the lawyers.
Furthermore, the statement rejected the presence of foreign troops on the Yemeni soil and foreign intervention in the country's affairs whatever the reason or the pretext for that is.
"The Yemeni lawyers reject any foreign presence affecting their country's illusory sovereignty and urge the government to respond to their demands fairly and immediately," the statement said.
The US has sent tens of marines and special forces with military equipment to the capital Sanaa after mobs stormed the US embassy in protest against a film offending prophet Muhammad that was produced in the US.
New US forces and vehicles were reported to have arrived in the port city of Aden in the past few days after the authorities foiled an attempt to bomb the Anad army base that is being used for US drone and other military operations.
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