|Thousands rally for south Yemen independence||
Thousands of separatists demanding secession took to the streets of Aden on Saturday to mark the anniversary in 1967 of the independence of former South Yemen.
The demonstrators came from across the south and gathered on Parade Square in the center of Aden, waving flags of the former South Yemen and carrying banners with pro-independence slogans.
Security forces watched the crowds from a distance, particularly around public buildings and police and army posts.
Some protesters chanted slogans denouncing the national dialogue, talks aimed at drawing up a new constitution and preparing for elections, and which have faltered partly because of the southern issue.
Secessionists at the rally chanted "No to dialogue, yes to independence and liberation," and "Our demand is independence," responding to calls from hardliners in the Southern Movement.
After the former North and South Yemen united in 1990, the south broke away in 1994, triggering a brief civil war that ended with the region being overrun by northern troops.
The southern question is still contentious and has been a stumbling block for Yemen's national dialogue, in which moderate members of the Southern Movement had been taking part demanding greater autonomy.
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