Yemen Women Burn Veils in Protest

Hani Mohammed / AP Photo

In an act of defiance, hundreds of Yemeni women set their full-body veils on fire in the streets of the capital on Wednesday, protesting a brutal government crackdown on protesters. The fire was a symbol of support for the tribal fighters who have been clashing with regime security forces for months—on Tuesday night alone, 25 were civilians were killed. The role of Yemen’s women in the popular uprising was highlighted this month by Tawakkul Karman, who won the Nobel Peace Prize for her efforts at finding resolution.