Yemeni women are playing an increasingly important role in protests against President Ali Abdullah Saleh. In one of their most striking acts of defiance yet, a group of women burned their traditional black veils to denounce the regime’s brutal clampdown on recent anti-government demonstrations, in which at least three women were killed.
A week after a group of women protested in front of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs calling for Saleh’s resignation, hundreds met again on Wednesday to burn their black veils, also known as makramas. They laid the veils on the ground, covered them in oil and set them alight.
Although this video has been widely viewed around the world, few are aware of the Bedouin origins of this defiant act. Our Observer in Sanaa explains why she decided to burn her veil.
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