I started to write a blog about free speech and the anti-Islam video made by an American and the protests and killings that stemmed from it (including the tragic deaths of the U.S. ambassador to Libya). But as I was opining on my support for the First Amendment, a friend came in to our hotel room and said there are protestors marching to the U.S. embassy here in Sana’a. We could see a steady string of Yemenis walking to the embassy. We said we hoped that this protest would be like that in Cairo, where protestors marched to the embassy, but it was a non-violent protest. Then we heard gunfire, and heard that Yemen military were firing in the sky to get the protestors to turn around. We can see a road to the embassy from out hotel and saw some protestors going back the other way. But we still hear chanting and gunfire and are watching CNN and see that protestors did indeed get into the embassy. And now we hear that two protestors are dead. We’re staying glued to the TV and to the scene outside.
Anyways, Mr.YemenEm and I are safe in our hotelpartment, which is very heavily guarded. I’ll keep everyone updated on here throughout the day.
With love from Yemen,