Yemen women burn veils to protest violence by state supporters

Women protest government-led crackdown as fresh fighting kills as many as 25 people
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Yemeni veiled women burn veils in a symbolic and traditional move in Sanaa on October 26, 2011 to protest against President Saleh's crackdown on female protesters. (AFP/Getty Images)
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At least 19 Yemeni civilians, government troops and dissident soldiers were killed in continuing violence in the wake of President Ali Abdullah Saleh's most recent pledge to resign. (AFP/Getty Images)
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During the violence, the deaths of at least three women and three children occurred. (AFP/Getty Images)
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The hundreds of protesting women wanted to send a message to the country's tribes to step up their protection of civilians from Saleh loyalists. (AFP/Getty Images)
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Whilst burning piles of headscarves and veils, the women chanted: "The killing of women is shameful and disgraceful." (AFP/Getty Images)
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Clashes between the state and anti-government troops originally flared on Tuesday when the government's declaration of a truce with rival forces failed to materialize. (AFP/Getty Images)
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\nThe veil burning was not the first protest by women in the country. On October 17, pro-democracy women reacted to another new wave of killings of anti-regime protesters by troops loyal to veteran President Saleh, by marching outside Yemen's foreign ministry, demanding the outser of President Ali Abdullah Saleh. (AFP/Getty Images)
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'The next martyr,' was written in Arabic on the palms of some women's hands, as they raised them skywards during the protest. (AFP/Getty Images)
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Several wounded Yemeni women protesters have been rushed to a makshift hospital in Sanaa on October 18, 2011 after gunmen loyal to President Ali Abdullah Saleh opened fire on the pro-democracy march killing five and wounding dozens. (AFP/Getty Images)
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Yemeni women chanted slogans against embattled president Ali Abdullah Saleh during another pro-democracy demonstration in Sanaa on October 24, 2011. Though the President welcomed a UN resolution urging him to quit, he failed to say if he will comply and resign, according to the state news agency. (AFP/Getty Images)