Thousands of protesters take to the streets in Aden to rally behind the call for southern Yemen's independence. Justin Mitchell reports.
A rally Sunday by separatists at the southern tip of Yemen. Thousands of protesters at the southern port city of Aden wave the flag of South Yemen, which unified with the North in 1990. They're calling for independence for South Yemen. (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) PROTESTER AND ADEN RESIDENT, ARSLAN AL-SULIMANI, SAYING: "We came out today to prove to the whole world and to our people that this peaceful move is part of a campaign towards freedom and independence." A 1994 civil war failed to reverse the unification...and now the 2011 Arab Spring protests have revitalized the movement. (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) PROTESTER FROM ADEN, ABDULLAH AL-DIANI, SAYING: "These steps will start from the bottom up. Next is to take civil disobedience on all southern land, after that to take control on all institutions peacefully." Yemen's central government is run mostly by Houthis native to the country's northern highlands. They have taken control of government ministries and struck a power-sharing deal with various political forces.