Protesters clash with police in Yemen

15 February 2011

Demonstrators attacked with tear gas and by rival supporters across Yemen

Street battles have taken place across Yemen between anti-government protesters and police and pro-government supporters.

In Yemen’s capital Sanaa, clashes broke out as the protesters threw stones after police had fired tear gas.

The UK’s BBC reported similar clashes also took place in the Yemeni cities of Taez and Aden.

The protests have now been taking place in Yemen for around three weeks. Thousands of Yemenis have taken to the streets in protest at the regime of the president Ali Abdullah Saleh, who has been in power in the country for more than 30 years (MEED 27:1:11).

It is estimated that 40 per cent of Yemenis live on less than $2 a day. Unemployment stands at about 35 per cent, with illiteracy standing at 50 per cent of the population.

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