In Yemen, women burn
SANAA, Yemen (AP) --
Hundreds of Yemeni women on Wednesday set fire to traditional female
veils to protest the government's brutal crackdown against the
country's popular uprising, as overnight clashes in the capital and
another city killed 25 people, officials said.
In the capital Sanaa,
the women spread a black cloth across a main street and threw their
full-body veils, known as makrama, onto a pile, sprayed it with oil
and set it ablaze. As the flames rose, they chanted: "Who
protects Yemeni women from the crimes of the thugs?"
Don't get too excited about what this
however, was not related to women's rights or issues surrounding the
Islamic veils - rather, the act of women burning their clothing is a
symbolic Bedouin tribal gesture signifying an appeal for help to
tribesmen, in this case to stop the attacks on the protesters.