Hundreds of thousands of Yemenis protest president’s remarks on women’s role in demonstrations

SANAA, Yemen — Hundreds of thousands are demonstrating in major Yemeni cities denouncing the president comments against women taking part in protest rallies.

In a speech Friday, President Ali Abdullah Saleh said the mingling of men and women at protests in the capital was against Islamic law.

More than 100,000 protested in Taiz and tens of thousands others marched in Ibb, Aden, Shabwa and other cities. Women participation in the marches Sunday, which also demanded the president step down, was heavy.

Abdel-Malek al-Youssefi, activist and organizer with the youth movement which leads the anti-government protests said the protests could well be “the last nail in Saleh’s coffin.”

Like many countries in the region, Yemen has been wracked with anti-government protests for the last two months.

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