Since the start of the unrest in Yemen, anti-government protesters have vowed that their movement is peaceful. In the southwest city of Taiz, male protesters decided to prove it by going shirtless to show they were not bearing arms.
Just last week, Taiz, the third-largest city in Yemen, was the scene of violent clashes between security forces loyal to President Ali Abdullah Saleh and anti-government tribal fighters. Eighteen people were reportedly killed, including eight civilians and five soldiers. According to local residents, the government’s security forces used heavy artillery in different parts of the city.
Protesters in Taiz say that although some armed groups have decided to take it upon themselves to defend protesters, the protest movement itself, which began nine months ago, is peaceful in nature.
These potos were taken by Abdelkarim Alzari in Taiz on November 9, and posted on his Facebook page.