Last week, the Telegraph ran this great video of protesters in Yemen dancing, which reminded me of Emma Goldman’s famous quote: “If I can’t dance, I don’t want to be part of your revolution.”
One thing that’s painfully clear in watching this video, however, is the complete absence of women.
The protests have continued this week, as has the crackdown by government security forces. There was a report on NPR yesterday that cited activists who claimed at least 30 protesters were killed over the previous night.
Nevertheless, the protests continued yesterday. As the video below shows, despite hugging and kissing soldiers at a demonstration in Sanaa, the troops still opened fire, killing at least one person and injuring eight others.
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