South Yemen separatists pledge to intensify protests

Yemenis rally against the Shiite Huthi movement on October 21, 2014 in the capital SanaaSouthern Yemeni separatists pledged Thursday to escalate protests demanding secession, as northern Shiite rebels vie to expand their control over more of the impoverished country. Tens of thousands protested on October 14 in Al-Arood Square in central Aden, capital of the formerly independent South Yemen, setting up a tent camp and promising an indefinite sit-in to press for independence. A new coalition of two main separatist groups, the Supreme Council of the Revolutionary Peaceful Movement for the Liberation and Independence of the South, called for “Friday of Anger” protests. It urged southerners working for the government, especially those in the armed forces and police, to abandon their jobs and join the protests.

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