Followers of the Shi'ite Houthi group attend a ceremony marking Eid al-Ghadir in the northwestern Yemeni province of Saada October 12, 2014. REUTERS/Naiyf Rahma
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Southern separatists in Yemen have called for huge demonstrations Tuesday to demand secession, aiming to benefit from the political chaos in Sanaa after the capital's takeover by Shiite rebels.The separatists rejected plans unveiled in February for a six-unit federation in which two regions are planned for the south as part of a political transition.Shiite rebels based in northern Yemen, known as Huthis from the name of their leading family, stormed into Sanaa on September 21 .Kathiri said events in Sanaa provided the "most suitable conditions for the international community" to respond to the demands of southerners, who have long complained of marginalisation and discrimination by Sanaa.
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