Protesters nationwide are for the first time seriously considering marching to the Presidential Palace of President Saleh, feeling that it is the only option left after negotiations with the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) have stalled. The GCC proposal was put on the table more than a month ago, and Saleh is still in power while revolution youth continue to protest under the burning sun.
Protesting youth have been calling off any chances for a palace march, until this week. After more than 100 days protesting, they feel that Saleh will never understand their message if the march does not take place. Reasons why the march was called off in the past was for two reasons: 1-protesters thought Saleh would step down like Mubarak and Ben Ali, 2-the fear of a massacre taking place during a march where hundreds of protesters would be killed.
Saleh has been successful in my opinion in staying in power, though he is going through enormous pressure, but that does not mean his end will be successful. Two months ago, Saleh's main goal was to get guarantees that he is safe after leaving power. Last month, his demands increased and his family was also given immunity. Today, Saleh continues to bargain trying to ensure that his ruling party continues to be powerful even after he is ousted from power; therefore, risking that he falls on his head and loses everything.
Saleh has been lucky a couple of times during this crisis, but the worst is ahead of him. He knows that whether he leaves today or tomorrow he will be remembered forever as the ruler who was forced out of power. History will not forgive his regime for the killings of innocent civilians. This week alone, at least 13 protesters were killed by Saleh forces.
No immunity will save Saleh from the wrath of the people who lost a loved one.
The countdown for the march to Saleh's Presidential Palace starts today.
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