Aug. 12 - Anti-government protests contine in Yemen as soldiers who have defected from the government side guard the demonstrators. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.
Prayers for protesters in Yemen. Demonstrators line the streets of Sanaa Friday, observing Friday prayers and calling for the end of the regime. This comes as President Ali Abdullah Saleh is pledging to cooperate with Yemen's opposition in an effort to revive a plan to ease him from office. Many are looking for a fresh start. SOUNDBITE: Protester Abdulla al Farzai, saying (Arabic): "The Revolution will continue until it achieves its objectives, which are bringing down people who symbolize corruption in all its forms and building a new Yemen, God willing." Some government forces have already joined the demonstrators -- providing security for the protesters. The standoff has paralyzed the Arab world's poorest country. Yemen faces multiple regional conflicts, including one with Islamists in the South. Neighboring Saudi Arabia and the United States, which long made Saleh a key to its counter-terrorism policy, fear chaos in Yemen would embolden the country's al Qaeda wing, the apparent perpetrator of attempted attacks on Saudi and U.S. targets. Deborah Lutterbeck, Reuters