One protester killed, dozens injured in clashes with police in Yemen: witnesses

13:34, April 11, 2011      

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At least one protester was killed by police gunshot and dozens were injured in fresh clashes in Yemen's southern province of Taiz on Saturday, witnesses said.

The clashes took place near the office of Taiz governor when riot police fired bullets and tear gas to force a march of tens of thousands anti-government protesters to return back to their sit- in area at their "Liberation Square" in downtown Taiz, some 200 km south of the capital Sanaa.

Meanwhile, police forces in Sanaa confronted with tear gas a rally of tens of thousands anti-government protesters from advancing towards a main street leading to the presidential palace on Saturday, said eyewitnesses.

"Around ten protesters suffered breathing difficulties due to heavy smokes of tear gas bombs," one witnesses said, adding that police did not open fire on them.

The witnesses said policemen arrested a foreign camerawoman while she was covering the clashes as the demonstrators returned back to their sit-in square outside Sanaa University, where they have camped for about seven weeks.

Protesters in both rallies were shouting slogans demanding immediate end to the 33-year rule of embattled President Ali Abdullah Saleh, according to the witnesses.

Anti-government protest rocked major Yemeni provinces since mid February. The political crisis recently resulted in deterioration of security and stability after the government pulled the police out from some towns of major provinces.

Escalating protests reportedly continued on Saturday in other provinces of Al-Hodayda, Al-Bayda, Ibb, Hadramout and in the southern port city of Aden, which witnessed civil disobedience and short clashes between police and protesters for three days.

Source: Xinhua
 
 
     
 
 
 
     
 
 
 
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