Video: Yemeni forces kill 40 demonstrators

posted at 3:35 pm on March 18, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

Yemen became the latest Arab government in the winter uprisings to choose to use force rather than negotiation with political opponents. Firing from rooftops into a demonstration with over 10,000 protesters, security forces killed 40 people, including three children, and wounded a hundred more:

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Barack Obama condemned the attack and called on the Yemeni government of President Ali Abdullah Saleh, a nominal US ally, to protect demonstrators and the political opposition:

President Barack Obama on Friday condemned the shooting attack in Yemen that killed dozens of protesters, and urged authorities there to protect peaceful demonstrators and said those responsible must be held accountable.

“It is more important than ever for all sides to participate in an open and transparent process that addresses the legitimate concerns of the Yemeni people, and provides a peaceful, orderly and democratic path to a stronger and more prosperous nation,” he said in a written statement.

Saleh responded by declaring a national emergency, giving security forces even more latitude to take action:

Hours after the crackdown — the largest yet in the popular uprising — President Ali Abdullah Saleh declared a nationwide state of emergency, formally giving the security forces a freer hand to confront the demonstrators. There was no word on how long the emergency laws would remain in place.

In response to the assault, Yemen’s opposition said there was no longer any way to reach a mutual understanding with the government.

It’s the second such crackdown this week by governments allied to the US.  Earlier, the monarchy in Bahrain also declared a national emergency, invited the Saudis to send 1,000 troops to Manama, and then demolished the monument around which opposition had rallied for the past month:

Bahrain’s army has demolished the 300 foot (90-meter) pearl monument that had become a symbol of a monthlong Shiite uprising against the Sunni monarchy.

The six white curved beams topped with a huge pearl had risen above the square in the capital, Manama, that was the center of the anti-government protests in the Gulf nation.

Friday’s destruction of the monument underlines the resolve of the Sunni regime to root out any dissent in the kingdom, now under emergency rule. The monument long served as a reminder of Bahrain’s history as a pearl diving center but more recently became associated with the protests that have roiled the nation. …

Amateur video footage of security forces shooting and beating protesters has spread across the internet and fueled fury in predominantly Shiite Iraq and in Iran, where a senior cleric on Friday urged Bahraini protesters to keep going until victory or death.

“Brothers and sisters” in Bahrain should “resist against the enemy until you die or win,” Ayatollah Ahmad Jannati told worshippers at Friday prayers at Tehran University, a nationally televised forum seen as expressing the views of Iran’s ruling Shiite clergy.

Obama had earlier cited violence against unarmed citizens as a reason for the non-legitimacy of Libya’s dictatorship.  Afterward, though, the US and its allies hesitated for weeks to apply any serious consequences along with the demand that Moammar Gaddafi step down, at least until late last night.  Those countries allied to the US and the EU have apparently taken the appropriate lesson from the example, which is that the West will avoid intervention to defend dissent even when demonstrators are violently suppressed.

To some extent, that lesson was unavoidable anyway.  The alternate outcomes in Bahrain and Yemen would almost certainly be disastrous for the US, particularly in Yemen, where al-Qaeda has built a dangerous operational network.  The same was true to a lesser extent in Egypt, where Obama quickly demanded Hosni Mubarak’s ouster and then had to settle for a retirement of sorts.  In Libya, there were fewer scenarios worse than Gaddafi, while in Iran — where Obama barely even gave rhetorical support to protesters in 2009 — we’re already in the worst-case scenario.

After botching Egypt, Obama would be wise not to push the relatively friendly governments out in Manama and Sana’a, but either way, violent suppression is what the West implicitly, if accidentally, endorsed through its quick talk and slow action over the past two months.


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Yemeni children hardest hit.

esnap on March 18, 2011 at 3:38 PM

Hey, Honey!

Yes, Barack!

Honey, I gotsta go out and condemn another attack in another Muslim country.

What country is it this tiiime?

It’s Yemen, I think, they’ll have it in TOTUS for me.

Well, hurry up. You still need to pack the girls’ suitcases before we hit Rio tomorrow and….Barack….?

Yes.ssss….?

Don’t you even think of canceling this vacation on me like you did last year or you’ll wish that Jesse Jackson got a hold of you after I get done with you…

Yes dearrr…..

ted c on March 18, 2011 at 3:39 PM

Time for another Cairo Speech!(sarc).

canopfor on March 18, 2011 at 3:41 PM

I can’t distinguish between the mideast governments and the people. They’ve supported terrorism against Israel and western nations, including us, for decades.

Blake on March 18, 2011 at 3:42 PM

So…who do you root for in Yemen? You have an undemocratic, hateful Muslim leader and a population of insane-hateful 7th century Muslim terrorist-wannabees. Do you root for endless civil war?

Jaibones on March 18, 2011 at 3:42 PM

Again, it just goes to show that tyrants always like it when the people cannot shoot back.

People having guns really puts a crimp in their plans.

Isn’t Obama looking to push more gun control on the nation?

Colbyjack on March 18, 2011 at 3:42 PM

Yes.ssss….?

Don’t you even think of canceling this vacation on me like you did last year or you’ll wish that Jesse Jackson got a hold of you after I get done with you…

Yes dearrr…..

ted c on March 18, 2011 at 3:39 PM

red c:Haha,thats beautiful,and believable!!:)

canopfor on March 18, 2011 at 3:42 PM

weakness breeds contempt.

Daveyardbird on March 18, 2011 at 3:44 PM

Where’s the UN no-fly zone? Why aren’t we sending Americans there to overthrow these terrorist supporters in charge? What makes Yemen any less worthy than Libya of the world government’s attention?

MJBrutus on March 18, 2011 at 3:44 PM

Again, it just goes to show that tyrants always like it when the people cannot shoot back.

People having guns really puts a crimp in their plans.

Isn’t Obama looking to push more gun control on the nation?

Colbyjack on March 18, 2011 at 3:42 PM

it is, I hear, easier to be president of China where no one is out there talkin’ all that noise….n’ such.

ted c on March 18, 2011 at 3:44 PM

OK we gonna give them some “no fly zone” love? Fi so, Obama is a WARMONGER!!!!! If not, why does Obama hate Yemeni’s!!!

Alden Pyle on March 18, 2011 at 3:45 PM

We need to lend the Yemeni government some flamethrowers and Gatling cannons for crowd control.

If Yemen goes we will have a big problem with both terrorism and the spread to Saudi Arabia who have a large number of Yemeni’s (not as many as they used to have though).

sharrukin on March 18, 2011 at 3:45 PM

The problem with Yemen is this, if the govt is overthrown,it’ll be a strategic disaster for the US. But the way things are going, they are going to hate us more anyway.

Lance Murdock on March 18, 2011 at 3:46 PM

Bahrain’s army has demolished the 300 foot (90-meter) pearl monument that had become a symbol of a monthlong Shiite uprising against the Sunni monarchy.

The six white curved beams topped with a huge pearl had risen above the square in the capital, Manama, that was the center of the anti-government protests in the Gulf nation.

Trying to imagine the amount of manufactured outrage if Israel had shot 40 people and destroyed some Muslim shrine. (623rd holiest site in Islam!)

mudskipper on March 18, 2011 at 3:46 PM

So…who do you root for in Yemen? You have an undemocratic, hateful Muslim leader and a population of insane-hateful 7th century Muslim terrorist-wannabees. Do you root for endless civil war?

Jaibones on March 18, 2011 at 3:42 PM

Jailbones:Well,there was the US Cole attack,so,um..Yemen
isn’t to high on my care list!:)

canopfor on March 18, 2011 at 3:47 PM

What makes Yemen any less worthy than Libya of the world government’s attention?

MJBrutus on March 18, 2011 at 3:44 PM

SHHHHHHHH!! the games about to start…

right2bright on March 18, 2011 at 3:47 PM

Ugh,thats Jaibones,sorry,not Jail!:)

canopfor on March 18, 2011 at 3:48 PM

Trying to imagine the amount of manufactured outrage if Israel had shot 40 people and destroyed some Muslim shrine. (623rd holiest site in Islam!)

mudskipper on March 18, 2011 at 3:46 PM

Ever heard of the Hama massacre?

15,000 to 40,000 dead and no one even remembers.

sharrukin on March 18, 2011 at 3:49 PM

Next up,on the batting deck,Somolia!!!!!!!!(sarc).

canopfor on March 18, 2011 at 3:50 PM

President Barack Obama on Friday condemned the shooting attack in Yemen that killed dozens of protesters, and urged authorities there to protect peaceful demonstrators and said those responsible must be held accountable. He also said that these Brazilian babes are fantastic, and he regrets missing carnivale, but will be sure to catch it next year. Michelle has been seen sambaing in the chic restaurants and stores where rich internationals mingle….Wheeeeeee!!

frizzbee on March 18, 2011 at 3:51 PM

15,000 to 40,000 dead and no one even remembers.

sharrukin on March 18, 2011 at 3:49 PM

That was before they learned to call themselves Freedom Seeking Protesters.

Rocks on March 18, 2011 at 3:51 PM

Name me one people, I dare you, who are free due to Obama.

He has the monkeys in the U.N. sign a worthless piece of paper.

Quaddafi outsmarts him/U.N. with cease fire, then kills, kills, kills.

Media give Obama credit for saving the world.

Yemen and region kill, including children.

Obama and Michelle live it up in Rio.

World celebrates.

‘Humanity’ is regressing exponentially.

The meek will never inherit the earth, but they will be fooled by charlatans like Obama. There isn’t a bigger one around, likely never will be one again.

Medis, suffocate from what you consume, his caca.

Schadenfreude on March 18, 2011 at 3:52 PM

Ever heard of the Hama massacre?

15,000 to 40,000 dead and no one even remembers.

sharrukin on March 18, 2011 at 3:49 PM

sharrukin:I noticed in your link,that they don’t pussy foot
around,nor,do they wait for a UN Resolution,with

this kind of Tactic!!

************Attack type Scorched earth*********************

canopfor on March 18, 2011 at 3:53 PM

O/T
====

Drudge

Japan govt finally admits radiation leak serious enough to kill…

canopfor on March 18, 2011 at 3:55 PM

Obama’s campaign slogan was mesmerisingly simple and brimming with self-belief: “Yes we can.” His presidency, however, is turning out to be more about “no we won’t.” Even more worryingly, it seems to be very much about: “Maybe we can… do what, exactly?“ The world feels like a dangerous place when leaders are seen to lack certitude but the only thing President Obama seems decisive about is his indecision. What should the US do about Libya? What should the US do about the Middle East in general? What about the country’s crippling debts? What is the US going to do about Afghanistan, about Iran?

What is President Obama doing about anything? The most alarming answer – your guess is as good as mine – is also, frankly, the most accurate one. What the President is not doing is being clear, resolute and pro-active, which is surely a big part of his job description. This is what he has to say about the popular uprising in Libya: “Gaddafi must go.” At least, that was his position on March 3.

He should just shut up. His inane comments have killed a lot of people.

He is so ‘smart’ that he named his dog BO; this he did out of narcissism, not realizing that it means body odor. Good thing the clowns go to Rio. Though, they arrive too late for the carnival. It went on without the biggest clowns of the world.

Schadenfreude on March 18, 2011 at 3:56 PM

Medis Media, suffocate from what you consume, his caca.

Schadenfreude on March 18, 2011 at 3:52 PM

Schadenfreude on March 18, 2011 at 3:57 PM

So…who do you root for in Yemen? You have an undemocratic, hateful Muslim leader and a population of insane-hateful 7th century Muslim terrorist-wannabees. Do you root for endless civil war?

Jaibones on March 18, 2011 at 3:42 PM

You shut up and you don’t pretent to be an omnipotent/omnipresent god, and then let them be massacred. If you do what O did, you are responsible. If you let them sort it out, it’s their civil war.

If you speak up, you must back up with actions. The fool is unaware of it all and the media give this narcissistic peacock a complete pass. May they suffocate of what they consume.

Name me one people, any of you, who are free due to Obama.

Schadenfreude on March 18, 2011 at 3:59 PM

From Reuters
==============

Breaking News:

Pro-Gaddafi forces advancing quickly toward Benghazi, fighting rebels along the way: Al Jazeera

http://live.reuters.com/Event/Japan_earthquake2

canopfor on March 18, 2011 at 4:02 PM

“President Barack Obama said,It is more important than ever for all sides to participate in an open and transparent process”

He sounds like Mr.Woodstock,he even believes that’s all it takes.

docflash on March 18, 2011 at 4:05 PM

canopfor on March 18, 2011 at 4:02 PM

Yep, you’ll have the Benghazi massacre on the left side of the TV screens this weekend, and Barack/Michelle celebrating in Rio on the right side.

Leader of the World!

Stupid world, rejoice! You wanted him, you got him.

Schadenfreude on March 18, 2011 at 4:07 PM

Ever heard of the Hama massacre?

15,000 to 40,000 dead and no one even remembers.

sharrukin on March 18, 2011 at 3:49 PM

sharrukin:My comment to ya disappeared,I noticed the
“Scorched Earth Tactic”,I bet they didn’t wait
for a UN Resolution!!:)

canopfor on March 18, 2011 at 4:07 PM

I want to barf everytime I hear or read that Obama is calling for anything, but not his administration, to be transparent.

GaltBlvnAtty on March 18, 2011 at 4:07 PM

Name me one people, I dare you, who are free due to Obama………………..

Schadenfreude on March 18, 2011 at 3:52 PM

There are a couple of New Black Panther Party guys who come to mind.

iurockhead on March 18, 2011 at 4:09 PM

sharrukin:My comment to ya disappeared,I noticed the
“Scorched Earth Tactic”,I bet they didn’t wait
for a UN Resolution!!:)

canopfor on March 18, 2011 at 4:07 PM

No, they didn’t.

It is amazing that the Paultards and Eurotrash ignore something like this and yet hyperventilate over Israeli’s shooting back in Gaza.

sharrukin on March 18, 2011 at 4:10 PM

There are a couple of New Black Panther Party guys who come to mind.

iurockhead on March 18, 2011 at 4:09 PM

I said “people” not person/s…I’m sure you’re aware of it.

Schadenfreude on March 18, 2011 at 4:11 PM

Do you root for endless civil war?

Jaibones on March 18, 2011 at 3:42 PM

Yes.

The sad truth is, islam is a cult of murder, if they’re too busy murdering each other, then they won’t be murdering us – because in islam someone has to be murdered.

Rebar on March 18, 2011 at 4:11 PM

Pro-Gaddafi forces advancing quickly toward Benghazi, fighting rebels along the way: Al Jazeera

http://live.reuters.com/Event/Japan_earthquake2

canopfor on March 18, 2011 at 4:02 PM

fire…not ceasing. Kaddafi must be harnessing his inner Charlie Sheen.

ted c on March 18, 2011 at 4:13 PM

Schadenfreude on March 18, 2011 at 4:11 PM

I am aware of what you meant, but I copied and pasted what you said. Simple typo, happens to the best.

iurockhead on March 18, 2011 at 4:14 PM

fire…not ceasing. Kaddafi must be harnessing his inner Charlie Sheen.

ted c on March 18, 2011 at 4:13 PM

More like harnessing his inner Baghdad Bob (in reverse?).

MetaThought on March 18, 2011 at 4:21 PM

canopfor on March 18, 2011 at 4:02 PM

fire…not ceasing. Kaddafi must be harnessing his inner Charlie Sheen.

ted c on March 18, 2011 at 4:13 PM

ted c:Yup,

WINNING

The

Fatwa!!

canopfor on March 18, 2011 at 4:23 PM

More like harnessing his inner Baghdad Bob (in reverse?).

MetaThought on March 18, 2011 at 4:21 PM

heh…my tanks are not rolling into Benghazi!

ted c on March 18, 2011 at 4:24 PM

No fly zone! No fly zone! C’mon people, get with it: “No fly zone! No fly zone! No fly zone! No fly zone! No fly zone! No fly zone!”

Akzed on March 18, 2011 at 4:24 PM

Let me be clear…

This unacceptable…
We are very concerned…
This will not stand…
We are looking into this incident…
All the facts will be uncovered…
The UN will be contacted…

Is our flight to Rio on time…???

PatriotRider on March 18, 2011 at 4:24 PM

Bahrain – No Fly Zone
Saudi Arabia – No Fly Zone
Yemen – No Fly Zone
Libya – No Fly Zone
Iran – No Fly Zone

Off to Rio…

antisocial on March 18, 2011 at 4:28 PM

Leader of the World!

Stupid world, rejoice! You wanted him, you got him.

Schadenfreude on March 18, 2011 at 4:07 PM

Schadenfreude:Its amazing,when Bush was in power,the
Liberals were on the War Path for action,

and now,the Liberals have there President
in Power,and DEAFENING SILENCE,and to top
it off,he’s BUGGIING OUT TO Rio!!

canopfor on March 18, 2011 at 4:29 PM

canopfor on March 18, 2011 at 4:02 PM

Daffy wants to get this thing done and closed up tight in a hurry. He just needs to get into a position where his tanks, arty, and planes aren’t necessary for the final slaughter. If he knows there are no ground troops coming in, he has flexibility. I doubt new supplies being ferried in from Egypt will arrive in time to stave off the final rub out. Then, what is left of the rebels will go into desert hit and run civil war attacks that will drag on forever. Do we keep our forces on alert while that all plays out? Is there a plan in place?

a capella on March 18, 2011 at 4:30 PM

The people of the World were empowered.
They yearned for the freedom that his speech spokoe of.
They felt empowered to act, for freedom.

Alas, it is not freedom.
It was a teleprompter speaking empty words.
That led to death.

Behold, the blood of Barack.

Key West Reader on March 18, 2011 at 4:31 PM

What our president has to do to live up to his Nobel peace capitulation prize.

P.H.O. “I would rather a 6 billion innocents die than to actually break the peace and take a stand to use the military to protect those innocents.”

PrettyD_Vicious on March 18, 2011 at 4:32 PM

canopfor on March 18, 2011 at 4:29 PM

Psalm 104

Key West Reader on March 18, 2011 at 4:33 PM

canopfor on March 18, 2011 at 4:07 PM
No, they didn’t.

It is amazing that the Paultards and Eurotrash ignore something like this and yet hyperventilate over Israeli’s shooting back in Gaza.

sharrukin on March 18, 2011 at 4:10 PM

sharrukin:Good point on Israel,and even after rockets or
missiles are lobbed into their country,they still
restrain themselves!!:)

canopfor on March 18, 2011 at 4:34 PM

Let me be clear…

This unacceptable…
We are very concerned…
This will not stand…
We are looking into this incident…
All the facts will be uncovered…
The UN will be contacted…

Is our flight to Rio on time…???

Oh. My pants have been pulled down and everyone sees my undies. They are superundies, so let’s just get that point straight.

/Jay Carney.

Key West Reader on March 18, 2011 at 4:35 PM

sharrukin:Good point on Israel,and even after rockets or
missiles are lobbed into their country,they still
restrain themselves!!:)

canopfor on March 18, 2011 at 4:34 PM

I wouldn’t and I don’t think the US would put up with artillery barrages from Tijuana either.

sharrukin on March 18, 2011 at 4:35 PM

canopfor on March 18, 2011 at 4:29 PM
===============
Psalm 104

Key West Reader on March 18, 2011 at 4:33 PM

Key West Reader:This line works for me:)
=========================================================

Let the sinners be consumed out of the earth, and let the wicked be no more. Bless thou the LORD, O my soul. Praise ye the LORD.

canopfor on March 18, 2011 at 4:38 PM

Are we all Yemeni freedom fighters yet? We can haz khat now?

Nice nuance in bringing down the Pearl monument, that is the Saudi Wahhabi touch. Like when the Saudis brought down those towers in New York so long ago.

BL@KBIRD on March 18, 2011 at 4:39 PM

Yemeni government of President Ali Abdullah Saleh, a nominal US ally

Ahem… Yemen has a long history of letting terrorists “escaping” from prisons. Yemen also was split in two (a Communist state and .. ugh… a non Communist one)

This cesspool of former commies in the south , Shia zealots in the north (financed like in a bad dream by Al-Quaeda) and pirates competing with Somalis, I bet it will give birth to a flourishing democracy.

Womder if those 40 victims (if real) were not h

Rookie on March 18, 2011 at 4:42 PM

Womder if those 40 victims (if real) were not h

Never mind

Rookie on March 18, 2011 at 4:43 PM

canopfor on March 18, 2011 at 4:34 PM
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I wouldn’t and I don’t think the US would put up with artillery barrages from Tijuana either.

sharrukin on March 18, 2011 at 4:35 PM

sharrukin:With Obama in charge,I do wonder !!

Ahem,the border would ber great training grounds
for A-10 WarHogs yho!!:)

canopfor on March 18, 2011 at 4:46 PM

Rookie on March 18, 2011 at 4:43 PM

Fallout from St.Patricks day or FALLOUT FROM JAPAN???!!!???!!!

BL@KBIRD on March 18, 2011 at 4:47 PM

canopfor on March 18, 2011 at 4:38 PM

Yes, The Word of Life sustaines me.

May his days be few

Key West Reader on March 18, 2011 at 4:50 PM

BL@KBIRD on March 18, 2011 at 4:47 PM

Let’s say late St. Patrick’s day :)

I do appreciate your insight of the situation in Middle East, the general Western euphoria seems misplaced – liberals and part of conservatives alike.

I really doubt something better will arise from all these political movements – if I’m wrong, I’ll be apologizing on this site in every thread for a week.. well.. maybe for a couple of days!

Rookie on March 18, 2011 at 4:57 PM

I forgot the historic and history of dog racing.

betsyz on March 18, 2011 at 5:27 PM

I also lost my comment about losing my right to purchase the Colt-45 from the trunk of a Fleetwood, in Overtown, Florida, if this “gun-control” thingy comes to pass.

betsyz on March 18, 2011 at 5:32 PM

My, oh my. Yahoo has a potential criticism of Obama. That’ll be up for another 5 minutes…then it’s off to celebrity diets and what not. They keep a keen eye on Sheen.

betsyz on March 18, 2011 at 5:36 PM

Time for another no-fly zone?

Bugler on March 18, 2011 at 5:42 PM

<emSo…who do you root for in Yemen? You have an undemocratic, hateful Muslim leader and a population of insane-hateful 7th century Muslim terrorist-wannabees. Do you root for endless civil war?

Jaibones on March 18, 2011 at 3:42 PM

Arm both sides and encourage them to do what they do best. Kill each other.

PakviRoti on March 18, 2011 at 5:50 PM

When George Washington warned America not to get entangled in European affairs, he had no idea we would even think of getting caught in Arab affairs.

pedestrian on March 18, 2011 at 6:14 PM

When George Washington warned America not to get entangled in European affairs, he had no idea we would even think of getting caught in Arab affairs.

pedestrian on March 18, 2011 at 6:14 PM

Since he had to deal with the Barbary states I doubt that very much.

sharrukin on March 18, 2011 at 6:22 PM

Amazing how many of these 4th world sewer countries are elbowing each other out of the way to be the next beneficiary of being defeated by the Americans. It’s like a financial or economic strategy for their improvement.

Alden Pyle on March 18, 2011 at 7:35 PM

Why on earth should we believe anything these people say?

And who cares?

ploome on March 19, 2011 at 1:39 PM

Hello? MSM ? Who are these “demonstrators”? AlQueda or Taliban types?

kens on March 21, 2011 at 8:40 AM