Yemeni Protests Against U.S. Interference and Aggression

June 26, 2011

On June 26, tens of thousands of people protested in Sana'a, Taiz and elsewhere in Yemen. Protestors chanted slogans calling for an end to U.S. inteference and aggression and demanded that the U.S.-backed dictator Saleh step down from power.

Since January 27 there have been daily protests in Yemen against the U.S.-backed regime.

Since 2009, the U.S. has been heavily engaged in a covert war in Yemen. The U.S. has special forces in the country and has carried out numerous attacks by CIA operated drone aircraft. This "clandestine war" has already claimed the lives of hundreds of people.

In addition, the U.S. provides millions of dollars in military aid to Yemen every year. The Obama administration increased military aid to the Saleh dictatorship from $155 million in 2010 to $250 million in 2011.

U.S. imperialism's program of sponsoring reactionary regimes as well as its all-around militarization and war in the Middle East, Central Asia and North Africa is motivated by the drive of the U.S. monopoly capitalist class to plunder the oil wealth of the region and maintain its domination of this strategic part of the world.