Written By: Shuaib M. al-Mosawa
Article Date: Jan 24, 2011 - 11:01:20 AM
A source in the Ministry of Interior said they arrested a group of protestors for violating public demonstration laws. The source added that among the arrested was Tawakol Karman, the human rights activist, and several others who had been in protest for over two weeks at Sana’a University. “We had informed all protestors it was against the law but they did not pay attention to our warnings,” the source, who requested to remain anonymous, said.
Sana’a University said on Saturday it had nothing to do with protestors that “gathered outside the university to incite violence and chaos under the banner of freedom of opinion and expression.”
The university accused, in a press release, some partisan and political forces of standing behind the protestors, adding that such a move was aimed to damaging democracy and working to disrupt people’s interests.
Karman had called for a demonstration that has been outside Sana’a University for over two weeks, protesting against proposed constitutional amendments. The amendments, proposed lately by members of the ruling party-The General People’s Congress, giving women 44 seats in parliament and limiting president term in office for 2 terms five years each. The proposed amendments also propose having the two rooms system, parliament and senate. All these amendments were demanded by the opposition parties but now they neglect them wanting different demands.
However the proposal for limiting the president term in office for two terms five each was cancelled after the opposition rejected it fearing it would allow the president to nominate himself in the upcoming elections.
Law No. (29) on the organization of demonstrations and marches stipulates that participants in such marches and those calling for protests without permission from the interior ministry are put in jail for no more than two months or required to pay fines that do not exceed more than YR 20 thousand.
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