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SONGS CRITICAL OF PRICE RISES SPARK ARRESTS IN YEMEN

Islamist website reports 17 people arrested for selling recordings of songs criticizing government, soaring prices. SANAA - Yemeni authorities have rounded up 17 people for selling recordings of songs criticizing the government over soaring prices of consumer goods, a Yemeni Islamist website said Friday. The 17, who own stalls or shops that sell cassettes, were detained in various parts of the country and are being held by the "political security," or intelligence department, according to alsahwa-yemen.net, which speaks for the Islamist opposition Islah (Reform) party. They include a 13-year-old boy who was taken away on Thursday from a stall that sells cassettes in Sanaa, it quoted a relative as saying. Fahd al-Karni, author of the offending cassette, was quoted as saying he had left his home in Taiz province, some 250 kilometers (155 miles) south of Sanaa, after intelligence operatives tried to storm the residence and he received "threats" from a senior officer. "When we heard all the talk about the Sanaa Conference on Democracy and Human Rights, we thought that, since Yemen had become an exporter of democracy, we could criticize conditions in the country even outside the election season," the singer said. More than 820 participants from 52 countries took part in a two-day "Sanaa Inter-Governmental Regional Conference on Democracy, Human Rights and the role of the International Criminal Court" last month. The gathering was jointly organized by the Yemeni government and "No Peace Without Justice," a European NGO. Karni, who did not say where he was currently staying, added that he "apologized" to those who had been detained or harassed because of his work, which combines political lyrics with traditional tunes. His most recent cassette slams rising prices resulting from reforms aimed at restructuring the Yemeni economy. Sanaa has since 1995 been applying a program prescribed by the International Monetary Fund and World Bank to cut subsidies and to privatize state industries. But Culture and Tourism Minister Khaled Abdullah al-Ruweishan was quoted on the website of the ruling General People's Congress (GPC) as saying Karni's cassettes were confiscated because they did not have a sales license.





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