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Protests and water, power shortages in Yemen

Wednesday, June 22, 2011 - 02:00

June 21 - The calls for a new regime continue in Yemen as months of demonstrations have left many without water and electricity. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.

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The persistent call for change in Yemen. Hundreds of protesters gather in the capital Sanaa. They continue to call for Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh to step down. They are seeking a transitional council. SOUNDBITE: Mohammed al Asal, saying (Arabic): "We are willing to stay here in the square and we have as much patience, persistence and will as the state's rulers have in cowardice, terror and fear. I would like to say that in the next couple of days we will intensify our revolution. The elevation of events will surprise everyone, God willing. If they do not head towards the establishment of a transitional council, we will escalate events throughout Yemen." Months of protests against Saleh's rule has also left its mark on the economy. Citizens are facing water and electricity shortages. In the capital people gather to collect water. But the taps are running dry. SOUNDBITE: Sanaa Resident Al Asal, saying (Arabic): "There is no water - it was cut-off due to power outages. there is no electricity. there is nothing -- no generators, no diesel. What can one do?" Yemen government officials ay the country has already lost lost nearly $1 billion in revenues since a a recent blast blamed on tribesmen cut off the country's main oil pipeline. An economic blow to a country of 23 million people now struggling for the bare essentials. Deborah Lutterbeck, Reuters.

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Protests and water, power shortages in Yemen

Wednesday, June 22, 2011 - 02:00