Yemen: protests demand “fall of regime”

Several thousand Yemenis gathered in central Sana’a Feb. 12, calling for President Ali Abdallah Saleh to step down and follow the example of Egyptian leader Hosni Mubarak. “After Mubarak, it’s Ali’s turn,” chanted some of the estimated 4,000 protesters, mostly young students. Other favored chants included “Get out, Get out Ali” and “The people want the regime to fall!” Protesters briefly clashed with supporters of the ruling General People’s Congress (GPC), thousands of whom occupied the city’s central Tahrir Square to block anti-government demonstrators from gathering there. Many of the GPC followers were armed with clubs and knives. (Middle East Online, Feb. 12)

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