Ernesto “Che” Guevara the New Muslim Hero in Yemen

Weasel Zippers

Who knew?

(Reuters) — Women carry posters of the revolutionary leader Che Guevara during a demonstration to demand the ouster of Yemen’s President Ali Abdullah Saleh in the southern city of Taiz April 14, 2011. Yemen’s opposition rejected on Thursday an offer to join Gulf-mediated talks in Saudi Arabia on a transfer of power in the Arabian Peninsula state and set a two-week deadline for Saleh to step down.

(Reuters) — Protesters carry posters of the revolutionary leader Che Guevara (L) and the late president of North Yemen Ibrahim al-Hamdi during a demonstration demanding the ouster of Yemen’s President Ali Abdullah Saleh in the southern city of Taiz April 13, 2011. Rival Yemeni forces clashed in the capital Sanaa on Wednesday, killing two people, as the opposition awaited clarification from Gulf Arab mediators on the timeframe for a proposed transfer of the president’s powers. In Taiz, an industrial city south of Sanaa where tens of thousands have joined protests, eight soldiers were wounded when a rocket-propelled grenade hit their car, the state news agency said. It blamed the attack on the umbrella opposition group.

(Reuters) — Anti-government protesters carry a poster of revolutionary Che Guevara as they ride a motorbike during a demonstration to demand the ouster of Yemen’s President Ali Abdullah Saleh, in the southern city of Taiz April 12, 2011. Yemen opposition parties on Tuesday urged Gulf mediators to spell out whether Saleh would hand over power early under their proposal to end a two-month crisis over leadership and political reforms.

(Reuters) — An anti-government protester holds a poster of the revolutionary Che Guevara as he climbs a light pole during a demonstration demanding the ouster of Yemen’s President Ali Abdullah Saleh in the southern city of Taiz April 7, 2011. A Gulf Arab plan for Yemen’s president to step down will guarantee the veteran leader and his family immunity from prosecution, an opposition source said on Thursday, but youth activists said that should be rejected.

Well, they do have one thing going for them. Yemen (and most of the Muslim/Arab world that is using Che as an icon of their ‘revolution’) already looks a lot like the post-Che Cuba does. Just newer cars.

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