June 16 - Protesters in Yemen say they do not object to Gulf mediation in their country's political crisis but insist that all remnants of Ali Abdullah's Saleh's regime must go. Sunita Rappai reports.
Freedom, Freedom is what these protesters in Yemen's capital Sanaa are chanting. Crowds turn out once again to demand the formation of a transitional council in the country - just one day after opposition leaders rejected an offer from Gulf neighbours to mediate. But young protesters say they do not necessarily object to such mediation - as long as President Ali Abdullah Saleh steps downs. (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) PROTESTER MARWAN SULTAN SAYING: "As the youth, we have no objection to the Gulf initiative, on one essential condition, that is the departure of the regime and all its symbols." (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) LEADING PROTESTER SAFWAN AL-MANOUFY SAYING: "Our strategic goal is the departure of Ali Abdullah Saleh. When Ali Abdullah Saleh leaves, we will cooperate with the joint coalition, with Abd-Rabbu Mansour, we will cooperate with our Arab brothers and the international community for the benefit of Yemen." Saleh is currently in Saudi Arabia receiving medical treatment. Youth groups have previously rejected parts of past Gulf-mediated deals - in particular the prospect Saleh could be immune from prosecution. Sunita Rappai, Reuters