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Yemen security forces kill more than 30 protesters in Sanaa

SANAA (AFP) – More than 30 anti-regime protesters were shot dead and over 100 wounded during a demonstration in the Yemeni capital Sanaa on Friday, medics and witnesses said. According to witnesses, pro-regime “thugs” opened fire on protesters calling for the ouster of President Ali Abdullah Saleh from houses close…

Yemen’s president vows to stay despite massive protests

SANAA/ADEN (Reuters) – Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh on Saturday reiterated that he would remain in power until his term ends in 2013, rejecting an opposition plan for him to step aside this year. “The peaceful and smooth transition of power is not carried out through chaos but through the…

UN warns Yemen against violent repression

GENEVA — The UN human rights chief on Tuesday warned Yemeni authorities against the violent repression of peaceful protests, saying that people have the right to express their grievances. “People have the legitimate right to express their grievances and demands to their government,” Navi Pillay, UN High Commissioner for Human…

Rivals clash in Yemen palace protest march

SANAA — Pro-regime supporters armed with batons and stones Tuesday waded into anti-government protesters trying to march on Yemen’s presidential palace, sparking clashes dispersed by police, witnesses said. At least three people were injured as the rivals pelted each other with stones, said an AFP correspondent, in a second consecutive…

Rocks and batons fly as Yemen protests erupt

SANAA – Rocks and batons flew in central Sanaa on Monday as pro-democracy protesters clashed violently with police and supporters of President Ali Abdullah Saleh, witnesses said. Clashes between police and protesters also erupted in the city of Taez, south of Sanaa, where thousands of people joined demonstrations against Saleh,…

Yemeni police block protesters’ march on palace

SANAA (Reuters) – Anti-government protesters clashed with police blocking them from marching to Yemen’s presidential palace in Sanaa on Sunday, witnesses said. The clashes occurred while President Ali Abdullah Saleh and the main opposition group were preparing for talks that the government hoped would help avert an Egyptian-style revolt in…

McCain calls Middle East pro-democracy movements a ‘virus’

Tunisia, Algeria, Egypt, Yemen, Jordan, and possibly more … The growing pro-democracy movements in these countries are a mere “virus” to Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), according to a recent interview he gave to the conservative-leaning Fox News Channel. Speaking to Greta Van Susteren, the former presidential candidate suggested that now…

In Yemen, calls to a ‘day of rage’ draw at least 20,000 to Sanaa

SANAA (Reuters) – Tens of thousands of Yemenis squared off in peaceful protests for and against the government on Thursday during an opposition-led “Day of Rage,” a day after President Ali Abdullah Saleh offered to step down in 2013. The peaceful protests faded out by midday as planned, suggesting Yemenis…

Growing protest movement across Middle East prompts crackdowns, vows to reform

After revelations by secrets outlet WikiLeaks led Tunisians to overthrow the corrupt dictator Zine Abedine Ben Ali, the Middle East has been a pot at roaring boil, with brewing revolts in numerous nations, most notably Egypt. Other nations’ governments have begun scrambling. In Libya, Jordan, Yemen, Algeria, Saudi Arabia and…

Thousands of Yemenis urge president to quit

SANAA — Thousands of Yemenis, apparently inspired by events in Tunisia and Egypt, staged a mass demonstration on Thursday calling on President Ali Abdullah Saleh to quit after being in power since 1978. “Enough being in power for (over) 30 years,” chanted protesters in demonstrations staged by the Common Forum…

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