Military Committee to Remove Pro-Former Regime Tents from Inside Sanaa
[Yemen Post] The military committee will start Thursday supervising the removal of the tents which were pitched last year by the loyalists of Yemen's ex-president in a reaction to the popular uprising against the former regime, Saba reported.

The tents were pitched in some areas in downtown the capital Sanaa including the Althawra stadium, the Sabeen and Tahreer Squares and Asser area.

Last week, the General People's Congress, chaired by ex-president President-for-Life Ali Abdullah Saleh
... Saleh initially took power as a strongman of North Yemen in 1977, when disco was in flower, but he didn't invite Donna Summer to the inauguration and Blondie couldn't make it...
, decided to remove the tents. The party signed a power-transfer deal in November for half of the opposition-led power-sharing government.

The committee, formed under the power-transfer deal brokered by the GCC and backed by the UN, discussed in its meeting today ways to start Thursday overseeing in coordination with the GPC the removal of the tents, Saba said.

It formed a panel to reopen the Marib-Sanaa road and to remove all checkpoints, forces and tribal groups from on it, in a move which comes within its duties to restore stability and security in main cities, the agency said.

Furthermore, a panel was formed to visit the southern military area to inspect the situation and tackle all security disorders, Saba continued.

When the popular uprising erupted in January last year, Saleh brought many of his loyalists, mostly rustics, to pitch tents in downtown the capital in the face of the mass protests against his regime and the tents pitched by the youth-led protesters in other parts of Sanaa.

Though they accepted to participate in a comprehensive national dialogue expected in months on condition the dialogue should ensure meeting the goals of the uprising, the youth-led protesters have refused to leave their tents inside the change and freedom squares.

They argued the squares will remain until they see the goals of the uprising are practically achieved.

Prime minister, Basindwa, also assured the protesters during a speech in Taiz that no one can remove the squares and the youths remain the first and best tool of change in the country.

Posted by: Fred 2012-05-17