Yemeni students angered by blackouts

June 25, 2012 at 9:11 AM
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SANAA, Yemen, June 25 (UPI) -- Hundreds of students protested daily blackouts of electricity in Yemen, saying they must study "at the light of a candle."

The blackouts, 22 hours a day, have plagued the capital of Sanaa for nearly a month.

Students in demanded a change of government and called on all Yemenis to join their fight, the Yemen Post said Monday.

"O the government of crises … O citizens wake up… electricity is cut off all day… O ministers resign now… how come we study at the light of a candle?" students chanted in Sanaa.

Yemeni government officials say the blackouts have been the result of attacks on power stations.

The minister of electricity told the Socialist Forum newspaper it was up to the government to pursue saboteurs and denied all responsibility for the blackouts.

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