Yemeni protests gather momentum after university killing

10 March 2011

Demonstrator killed during peaceful protest has adverse effect on incumbent regime

Attack against protesters in Yemen have resulted in the death of one person and left more than 80 others injured.

Security forces in the Yemen capital Sanaa attacked protesters at Sanaa University where they had been staging a peaceful sit-in protest.

The UK’s Financial Times reported that excessive force was used including electronic batons and tear gas.

The scenes have now put President Ali Abdullah Saleh’s 32-year regime under even more pressure with members of his own party openly criticising the heavy handedness of the approach. 

The movement is gathering momentum in Yemen after reports of more than 30 protesters being killed across the country since the anti-Saleh demonstrations began in January.

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