Tuesday, 15 February 2011

Yemen: Four days of protests result in violent clashes

Anti-government protestors have clashed with Yemen's security forces, on the fourth consecutive day of demonstration in the country's capital Sana'a; as thousands of demonstrators, calling for President Ali Abdullah Saleh to step down, came up against a crowd of Saleh supporters.

Police fired tear gas into the crowds to disperse them, while the protestors chanted: "After Mubarak, Ali". There were also reports of clashes between pro and anti government supporters south of the capital in Taez.

It is estimated that over 3,000 protestors clashed in Tahrir Square, some armed with broken bottles, daggers and stones. Police locked several thousand people inside the local university to minimise the violent confrontations.

Saleh is reportedly preparing to hold talks with opposition groups on possible political reforms, in an attempt to prevent his overthrow before time as he promised to stand down in 2013, and assured the nation that his son would not replace him in office.

Sources: BBC News, The Guardian, AFP

For more news and expert analysis about Yemen, please see Yemen Focus.

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