October 26th, 2011
01:22 PM ET

Yemeni women burn veils to protest regime

From Mohammed Jamjoom and Hakim Almasmari, CNN

Sanaa, Yemen (CNN) - Yemeni women defiantly burned their traditional veils Wednesday in protest of President Ali Abdullah Saleh's brutal crackdown on anti-government demonstrations.

Thousands of women gathered in the capital, Sanaa, said witnesses. They carried banners that read: "Saleh the butcher is killing women and is proud of it" and "Women have no value in the eyes in Ali Saleh."

They collected their veils and scarves in a huge pile and set it ablaze - an act that is highly symbolic in the conservative Islamic nation, where women use their veils to cover their faces and bodies. It's the first time in the nine months of Yemen's uprising that such an event has occurred.

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  1. Imam Truth

    Welcome to the wonderful world of Islam. This nutty behavior is just going to get worse boys and girls. Egypt is already persecuting non-Muslims in their country and Libya will be next. The dictators were the only ones who could keep the radical muslims from taking over. Now, nothing stands in their way.

    October 27, 2011 at 10:05 pm |
  2. Muneef

    And your god is one God. There is no deity [worthy of worship] except Him, the Entirely Merciful, the Especially Merciful. 2:163

    Indeed, in the creation of the heavens and earth, and the alternation of the night and the day, and the [great] ships which sail through the sea with that which benefits people, and what Allah has sent down from the heavens of rain, giving life thereby to the earth after its lifelessness and dispersing therein every [kind of] moving creature, and [His] directing of the winds and the clouds controlled between the heaven and the earth are signs for a people who use reason. 2:164


    It is Allah who has created seven heavens and of the earth, the like of them. [His] command descends among them so you may know that Allah is over all things competent and that Allah has encompassed all things in knowledge. 65:12
    Our Lord, indeed we have heard a caller calling to faith, [saying], 'Believe in your Lord,' and we have believed. Our Lord, so forgive us our sins and remove from us our misdeeds and cause us to die with the righteous. 3:193

    Our Lord, and grant us what You promised us through Your messengers and do not disgrace us on the Day of Resurrection. Indeed, You do not fail in [Your] promise." 3:194


    And Noah said, "My Lord, do not leave upon the earth from among the disbelievers an inhabitant. 71:26

    Indeed, if You leave them, they will mislead Your servants and not beget except [every] wicked one and [confirmed] disbeliever. 71:27

    My Lord, forgive me and my parents and whoever enters my house a believer and the believing men and believing women. And do not increase the wrongdoers except in destruction." 71:28

    October 27, 2011 at 7:50 pm |
    • Imam Truth

      Islam is a perversion of the Judeo-Christian faith. Mohammed was a ped0phille and a war monger. Islam is the most intolerant and evil religion in the world.

      October 27, 2011 at 10:07 pm |
    • Reality

      Muneef, Muneef, Muneef,

      Think CURE and then scroll down the page to make this the first day of your new life free of the shackles of Islam!!!

      October 28, 2011 at 12:51 am |
    • Muneef


      Islamphobia Symptoms...or Mad Cow disease...!

      October 28, 2011 at 7:32 pm |
  3. John


    October 27, 2011 at 6:47 pm |
    • .....

      GARBAGE ALERT – don't bother viewing click the report abuse link instead – What a TROLL!

      October 27, 2011 at 6:49 pm |
  4. fernace

    I'm so in awe of people who stand against in-human regimes & Salleh is pretty da.mn brutal! He's ordering the killing of peaceful, unarmed protesters! The symbolism of the Yemeni women burning their veils is powerful! I hope they refuse to put them on again after this! That would send an even louder message!!

    October 27, 2011 at 12:46 pm |
  5. guest

    Burn your veil to protest ISLAM!

    October 27, 2011 at 12:40 pm |
  6. Enoch

    I haven't watched the video, yet. But, are the women burning their veils while it was on their bodies?

    October 27, 2011 at 11:19 am |
  7. HypocrAtheist

    just burn also their panties and other coverings for better view.

    October 27, 2011 at 8:23 am |
  8. MartinT

    I think they should burn the President instead, that might solve a lot.

    October 27, 2011 at 7:07 am |
  9. ***Dude***

    Ya, no kidding: copy 'n paste lunitune

    October 26, 2011 at 11:17 pm |
  10. Muneef

    Well there are many more women supporting the regime and in no time they will appear to burn their veils is it is going to solve any thing...!

    It is that those who he had protected and made rich and strong are now the first against him...why? It is because of those who are or were under his wings...but the soonest the youth made a move those jumped to the other side as against him to save their skins from questioning or to seek the chance to become to win it all...
    Any way still the war which is seen as Araibian Spring is a war between Royalists and Republicans as has always been no matter what the disguise could be...!

    October 26, 2011 at 8:01 pm |
    • Reality

      Islam gives women almost no rights and treats them like fodder for the male species to include Muneef as so bluntly noted by Aya-an Hi-rsi Ali in her autobiography, In-fidel.

      "Thus begins the extraordinary story of a woman born into a family of desert nomads, circu-mcised as a child, educated by radical imams in Kenya and Saudi Arabia, taught to believe that if she uncovered her hair, terrible tragedies would ensue. It's a story that, with a few different twists, really could have led to a wretched life and a lonely death, as her grandmother warned. But instead, Hi-rsi Ali escaped – and transformed herself into an internationally renowned spokeswoman for the rights of Muslim women."

      October 26, 2011 at 11:40 pm |
    • Muneef

      I suppose she was given the Nobel Prize for Peace for speaking out about how bad is Islam and Muslim...? Just as many trouble makers to their own get the Nobel Peace Prize just as the latest Yemeni Female did get for stairing trouble in her country...! Nobel Peace Prize for crocks....

      October 27, 2011 at 8:01 am |
    • Muneef

      Nobel Peace Prize for the crooks and traitors...!

      October 27, 2011 at 8:04 am |
    • Muneef

      The woman you speak of was done by culture habits and not religion teachings...was she A Somali...well what happens there does not apply to all Islamic countries ...! Get your head out of the sand and try to learn more about cultures before bubbling out what you do not know of.....

      October 27, 2011 at 8:09 am |
    • Reality

      And obviously Muneef continues to suffer from his Three B Syndrome, i.e. Bred, Born and Brainwashed in Islam. One more time, the CURE:

      Saving Muslims is quite easy!!! (developed by yours truly based on the studies of Armstrong, Rushdie, Hirsi Ali, Richardson and Bayhaqi)

      The Five Steps To Deprogram 1400 Years of Islamic Myths:
      ( –The Steps take less than two minutes to finish- simply amazing, two minutes to bring peace and rationality to over one billion lost souls- Priceless!!!)

      Are you ready?

      Using "The 77 Branches of Islamic "faith" a collection compiled by Imam Bayhaqi as a starting point. In it, he explains the essential virtues that reflect true "faith" (iman) through related Qur’anic verses and Prophetic sayings." i.e. a nice summary of the Koran and Islamic beliefs.

      The First Five of the 77 Branches:

      "1. Belief in Allah"

      aka as God, Yahweh, Zeus, Jehovah, Mother Nature, etc. should be added to your cleansing neurons.

      "2. To believe that everything other than Allah was non-existent. Thereafter, Allah Most High created these things and subsequently they came into existence."

      Evolution and the Big Bang or the "Gi-b G-nab" (when the universe starts to recycle) are more plausible and the "akas" for Allah should be included if you continue to be a "crea-tionist".

      "3. To believe in the existence of angels."

      A major item for neuron cleansing. Angels/de-vils are the mythical creations of ancient civilizations, e.g. Hitt-ites, to explain/define natural events, contacts with their gods, big birds, sudden winds, protectors during the dark nights, etc. No "pretty/ug-ly wingy thingies" ever visited or talked to Mohammed, Jesus, Mary or Joseph or Joe Smith. Today we would classify angels as f–airies and "tin–ker be-lls". Modern de-vils are classified as the de-mons of the de-mented.

      "4. To believe that all the heavenly books that were sent to the different prophets are true. However, apart from the Quran, all other books are not valid anymore."

      Another major item to delete. There are no books written in the spirit state of Heaven (if there is one) just as there are no angels to write/publish/distribute them. The Koran, OT, NT etc. are simply books written by humans for humans.

      Prophets were invented by ancient scribes typically to keep the un-educated masses in line. Today we call them for-tune tellers.

      Prophecies are also invali-dated by the natural/God/Allah gifts of Free Will and Future.

      "5. To believe that all the prophets are true. However, we are commanded to follow the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him)
      Mohammed spent thirty days "fasting" (the Ramadan legend) in a hot cave before his first contact with Allah aka God etc. via a "pretty wingy thingy". Common sense demands a neuron deletion of #5. #5 is also the major source of Islamic vi-olence i.e. turning Mohammed's "fast, hunger-driven" hallu-cinations into horrible reality for unbelievers.

      Walk these Five Steps and we guarantee a complete recovery from your Islamic ways!!!!

      Unfortunately, there are not many Muslim commentators/readers on this blog so the "two-minute" cure is not getting to those who need it. If you have a Muslim friend, send him a copy and help save the world.

      Analogous steps are available at your request for deprogramming the myths of Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism, Hinduism and Paganism..

      October 27, 2011 at 10:11 am |
    • Muneef

      You will never understand because you do not want to understand at all no matter whether write or wrong..

      October 27, 2011 at 8:08 pm |
    • Muneef

      Culture and Scholars teachings has made differences between Muslims of Islam...
      You can find that Arabs among them selves are not of the exact same Islam.
      Same you find differences of Islam among Africans,Asians,them selves and with others....

      One holy book but different teachings of translations,explanations, Hadiths and scholars teachings... So can not blame one for another... What you mentioned is done to males only to purify them but as for females only African countries or the Afro-Arabs practicing that for females... Actually Somalia went bit far sewing so part and only removed upon marriage ceremony to prove that their female was a Vergin untouched.... But as said this is not of the Quran nor the actual religion but rather african tribal culture,customs mixed in their mind as if religion or as tribal honor...!

      October 27, 2011 at 8:23 pm |
    • Muneef

      Some in the Asian parts could easily kill their females if cought speaking to stranger male if not killed the stranger as well..and that is not in the Quran or religion but it is rather there as a tribal honor to wash shame...so it is rather (culture,customs,traditions) are behind those unjustified acts of ignorance...but not Islam the true pure Islam of the Quran and the prophet teachings...

      October 27, 2011 at 8:30 pm |
    • Reality

      Understanding Islam by its koranic-imam driven acts of terror and horror:

      Some examples:

      The Muslim Conquest of India – 11th to 18th century

      ■"The likely death toll is somewhere between 2 million and 80 million. The geometric mean of those two limits is 12.7 million. "

      and the 19 million killed in the Mideast Slave Trade 7C-19C by Muslims.

      and more recently

      1a) 179 killed in Mumbai/Bombay, 290 injured

      1b) Assassination of Benazir Bhutto and Theo Van Gogh

      2) 9/11, 3000 mostly US citizens, 1000’s injured

      3) The 24/7 Sunni-Shiite centuries-old blood feud currently being carried out in Iraq, US troops killed in action, 3,480 and 928 in non combat roles. 102,522 – 112,049 Iraqi civilians killed as of 9/16/2011/, mostly due to suicide bombers, land mines and bombs of various types, http://www.iraqbodycount.org/ and http://www.defenselink.mil/news/casualty.pdf

      4) Kenya- In Nairobi, about 212 people were killed and an estimated 4000 injured; in Dar es Salaam, the attack killed at least 11 and wounded 85.[2]

      5) Bali-in 2002-killing 202 people, 164 of whom were foreign nationals, and 38 Indonesian citizens. A further 209 people were injured.

      6) Bali in 2005- Twenty people were killed, and 129 people were injured by three bombers who killed themselves in the attacks.

      7) Spain in 2004- killing 191 people and wounding 2,050.

      8. UK in 2005- The bombings killed 52 commuters and the four radical Islamic suicide bombers, injured 700.

      9) The execution of an eloping couple in Afghanistan on 04/15/2009 by the Taliban.

      10) – Afghanistan: US troops 1,385 killed in action, 273 killed in non-combat situations as of 09/15/2011. Over 40,000 Afghan civilians killed due to the dark-age, koranic-driven Taliban acts of horror

      11) The killing of 13 citizen soldiers at Ft. Hood by a follower of the koran.

      12) 38 Russian citizens killed on March 29, 2010 by Muslim women suicide bombers.

      13) The May 28, 2010 attack on a Islamic religious minority in Pakistan, which have left 98 dead,

      14) Lockerbie is known internationally as the site where, on 21 December 1988, the wreckage of Pan Am Flight 103 crashed as a result of a terrorist bomb. In the United Kingdom the event is referred to as the Lockerbie disaster, the Lockerbie bombing, or simply Lockerbie. Eleven townspeople were killed in Sherwood Crescent, where the plane's wings and fuel tanks plummeted in a fiery explosion, destroying several houses and leaving a huge crater, with debris causing damage to a number of buildings nearby. The 270 fatalities (259 on the plane, 11 in Lockerbie) were citizens of 21 nations.

      15 The daily suicide and/or roadside and/or mosque bombings in the terror world of Islam.

      16) Bombs sent from Yemen by followers of the koran which fortunately were discovered before the bombs were detonated.

      17) The killing of 58 Christians in a Catholic church in one of the latest acts of horror and terror in Iraq.

      18) Moscow airport suicide bombing: 35 dead, 130 injured. January 25, 2011.

      19) A Pakistani minister, who had said he was getting death threats because of his stance against the country's controversial blasphemy law, was shot and killed Wednesday, 3/2/2011

      20) two American troops killed in Germany by a recently radicalized Muslim, 3/3/2011

      21) the kidnapping and apparent killing of a follower of Zoraster in the dark world of Islamic Pakistan.

      22) Shariatpur, Bangladesh (CNN 3/30/2011) - Hena Akhter's last words to her mother proclaimed her innocence. But it was too late to save the 14-year-old girl. Her fellow villagers in Bangladesh's Shariatpur district had already passed harsh judgment on her. Guilty, they said, of having an affair with a married man. The imam from the local mosque ordered the fatwa, or religious ruling, and the punishment: 101 lashes delivered swiftly, deliberately in public. Hena dropped after 70 and died a week later.

      23) "October 4, 2011, 100 die as a truck loaded with drums of fuel exploded Tuesday at the gate of compound housing several government ministries on a busy Mogadishu street. It was the deadliest single bombing carried out by the al Qaeda-linked al-Shabab group in Somalia since their insurgency began. "

      October 28, 2011 at 12:30 pm |
  11. John


    October 26, 2011 at 6:38 pm |
    • .....

      TROLL ALERT – don't bother viewing this garbage, click the report abuse link instead!

      October 26, 2011 at 6:56 pm |
  12. Keith

    Where did this take place? Murpheesboro?

    October 26, 2011 at 6:04 pm |
  13. Do you people actually read or watch the things you are commenting on?

    They are NOT burning their veils to liberate themselves from the oppression of Islam; they are protesting that one president. They are not rejecting Islam at all. They will happily go back to their veils. It's not like bra-burning, Yerbouti, and they aren't protesting the oppression of men in general, Jane.

    Pay attention.

    October 26, 2011 at 4:02 pm |
    • Sheik Yerbouti

      Why are you prejudiced against bra burning? Let the ti-tties free!

      October 26, 2011 at 4:27 pm |
    • K. C. and the Sun God Band

      And the Lord sayeth, "There are quite a few titties that are best kept in captivity, just as verily there are many men who really should not wear speedos. Thus I speaketh, verily, and as this book is old and strange, you must believe it or burn in the hot tub of fire." Book of Cellulite, 14:23-45264

      October 26, 2011 at 4:34 pm |
    • Sheik Yerbouti

      Verily I say unto you, behold! For some are lovely beauties while others wither. So it is that I shall not trespass amongst the withering but honor instead those that stand up with a purpose!

      October 26, 2011 at 4:55 pm |
  14. Reality

    From the topic commentary: " "Women have no value in the eyes in Ali Saleh." This should read "Women have no value in the eyes of Allah" !!!

    To wit:

    o Islam gives women almost no rights and treats them like fodder for the male species as so bluntly noted by Aya-an Hi-rsi Ali in her autobiography, In-fidel.

    "Thus begins the extraordinary story of a woman born into a family of desert nomads, circu-mcised as a child, educated by radical imams in Kenya and Saudi Arabia, taught to believe that if she uncovered her hair, terrible tragedies would ensue. It's a story that, with a few different twists, really could have led to a wretched life and a lonely death, as her grandmother warned. But instead, Hi-rsi Ali escaped – and transformed herself into an internationally renowned spokeswoman for the rights of Muslim women."

    ref: Washington Post book review.

    some excerpts:

    "Some of the Saudi women in our neighborhood were regularly be-aten by their husbands. You could hear them at night. Their scre-ams resounded across the courtyards. "No! Please! By Allah!"

    "The Pakistanis were Muslims but they too had cas-tes. The Untou-chable girls, both Indian and Pakistani were darker skin. The others would not play with them because they were unt-ouchable. We thought that was funny because of course they were tou-chable: we to-uched them see? but also hor-rifying to think of yourself as un-touchable, des-picable to the human race."

    "Between October 2004 and May 2005, eleven Muslim girls were ki-lled by their families in just two regions (there are 20 regions in Holland). After that, people stopped telling me I was exa-ggerating."

    "The kind on thinking I saw in Saudi Arabia and among the Brotherhood of Kenya and Som-alia, is incompatible with human rights and liberal values. It preserves the feu-dal mind-set based on tr-ibal concepts of honor and shame. It rests on self-deception, hypro-cricy, and double standards. It relies on the technologial advances of the West while pretending to ignore their origin in Western thinking. This mind-set makes the transition to modernity very painful for all who practice Islam".

    More on the treatment of females in Islam:

    Islam’s widespread practice of amputating the cli-to-ris and sometimes part or even all of the vul-va from the ge-n-ita-lia of Muslim women, affirmed in a had-ith by Mohammed himself, most likely also traces back to the founder’s deliberate abuse of se-x to lure pagan males into his cu-lt. The more the male s-ex drive is purposefully aro-used, the more the female s-ex urge may have to be proportionately suppressed, lest org-iastic he-ll begin to spread.

    Consider then what frequently happens when even a modestly clothed young Western woman walks alone in broad daylight down a street in, for example, a non-Westernized area of a city in Pakistan. Muslim men around her can see her face, hair and neck—maybe even her ankles. Some of them perceive that much exposure as intent on her part to a-rouse them. The fact that she is not accompanied by a male relative confirms their susp-icions. Knowing that she, a Western woman, has not been subjected to that cruel amputation which Islam forces upon millions of Muslim women, some males may even imagine that she must feel s-exual desire for them.

    They tend also to perceive themselves as not responsible to exercise decent social restraint. Rather she is responsible not to tempt them! Whatever lewd thing Muslim men around her say, do or feel as a result is regarded as her fault alone. . . .
    During a major upheaval in Indonesia in the late 1990s, s-ex-crazed Muslim men gang-ra-ped dozens of Chinese women in shops, homes and even in the streets, shouting in Arabic, “Allahu Akbar!” (God is great!)*


    October 26, 2011 at 3:52 pm |
  15. shay5ah

    This is not justice
    Known that Ali Abdullah Saleh,encouraged Yemeni women
    And gave them the right to be in all areas of political and other
    really he is the best and these women in the future will be sure that's the were wrong..

    October 26, 2011 at 3:49 pm |
    • Muneef

      Nothing much can be achieved when you have these and those among your men and people...

      Meanings of the word 'FITNAH' in the Qur’aan and Sunnah:
      by Muslim Ummah Awakeners-( M U A)- on Thursday, October 13, 2011 at 4:31am

      The act of Corruption and corruptors 

      October 26, 2011 at 7:39 pm |
    • Bearer Of Bad News

      Yet another post from you I won't bother reading.

      October 26, 2011 at 9:12 pm |
    • Muneef

      Haha funny ...did you think I would beg you to read...are you serious...?

      October 27, 2011 at 8:12 am |
  16. Jane

    They shoud burn mens underwear since its the men who are oppressing the women. The women are so much smarter and stronger than the men- its a joke!

    October 26, 2011 at 3:41 pm |
  17. Fake Story

    I once had an interesting and intelligent conversation with a fundamentalist Christian.

    October 26, 2011 at 3:20 pm |
    • Fake Story

      and a muslim too. Good times.

      October 26, 2011 at 4:29 pm |
  18. Lycidas

    Good for them.

    October 26, 2011 at 2:31 pm |
  19. hippypoet

    this is going to get messy quick... i love what these strong women have done but they must know there lives are in danger!

    October 26, 2011 at 2:02 pm |
    • Sheik Yerbouti

      I give them a few days before they are half time entertainment being stoned to death.

      October 26, 2011 at 2:19 pm |
  20. Sheik Yerbouti

    You go girls. Now burn those bras!

    October 26, 2011 at 1:49 pm |
    • quakey

      Nope, you can burn one not the other, that other kind is kinda loosey...

      October 26, 2011 at 2:01 pm |
    • Sheik Yerbouti

      Yeah, plus they probably can't find their bras under all those quilts.

      October 26, 2011 at 2:20 pm |
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