US concerned over Yemen, Bahrain violence

The US urges Yemen, Bahrain to respect `universal rights` of demonstrators.

Updated: Mar 14, 2011, 08:40 AM IST

Washington: The United States on Sunday condemned political violence in Yemen and Bahrain, urging both governments to use restraint and to respect the `universal rights` of opposition demonstrators.

“The United States strongly condemns the violence that has taken place in Yemen and Bahrain today (Sunday). We urge the governments of these countries to show restraint, and to respect the universal rights of their people,” White House spokesman Jay Carney said in a statement.

“We urge the government of Bahrain to pursue a peaceful and meaningful dialogue with the opposition rather than resorting to the use of force.”

A few hours earlier the US State Department said it was `deeply concerned` over the continuing deaths and injuries to protesters in Yemen and demanded that the `violence must cease immediately’, the statement read.

“The United States is deeply concerned by continuing reports of deaths and injuries at demonstrations throughout Yemen in the past week,” the State Department said.

The administration statements came amid reports that dozens of people were wounded on Sunday in fresh clashes between anti-regime protesters and security forces in Yemen, as the death toll from weekend violence climbed to seven.

Pro-democracy opposition groups and students in Yemen have escalated their campaign to oust autocratic President Ali Abdullah Saleh after 32 years in power.

Bureau Report