Al Quaeda Seizes Yemenese Coastal Town; Protests and Police Brutality in Morocco; 2,000 Protest in Kuwait

Lots of news from the Middle East these days …

The New York Times writes Islamists Seize a Yemeni City, Stoking Fears:

SANA, Yemen — Islamist militants consolidated control over a second city in southern Yemen on Sunday, seizing banks, government offices and the security headquarters as government forces responded with mortar fire.

The fall of the coastal city of Zinjibar to self-styled holy warriors who claimed to have “liberated” it from “the agents of the Americans” fed into Western fears that militants sympathetic to Al Qaeda could exploit the breakdown of authority to take control of territory.

This is the blowback from decades of the US government’s support for authoritarian regimes in the Middle East, such as this one.

Furthermore there are more anti-government protests in Casablanca and its twin city Sala:

Thousands of demonstrators Sunday took to the streets of Casablanca, the country’s largest city, in an antigovernment protest police struggled to disperse, driving into the crowd on motorcycles, armed with clubs.

A similar protest in the capital’s twin city of Sale on Sunday also was violently disrupted, as was a demonstration in front of the Moroccan parliament Saturday.

Clips and a Picture from Morocco:

Protester beaten by police

And last but not least, in Kuwait 2,000 people took to the streets:

Pressure is building on Kuwait’s embattled Prime Minister Sheikh Nasser Mohammad Ahmad Sabah, who has come under fire for refusing to be questioned in parliament for allegedly misusing public funds, among other accusations.

Around 2,000 people took to the streets of the oil-rich gulf country’s capital amid tight security, chanting, “The people want to topple the head [of government],” in reference to Sheikh Nasser, according to Agence-France Presse.

Local Kuwaiti media reports said activists had dubbed the protest “Day of Rage” and that demonstrators, flanked by hundreds of police in riot gear, marched on the National Assembly on Friday night holding banners reading, “The youth want reform of the regime” and “Youths want the closure of corrupt channels,” while chanting against the prime minister.

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