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Rival protest groups rally in Yemen

Yemen’s capital is in the grip of mass anti-government and loyalist protests, gathering tens of thousands of people on both sides. Crowds rallied in front of Sanaa University, demanding the resignation of President Ali Abdullah Saleh. Meanwhile supporters of the regime gathered on Tahrir Square and held a peaceful counter-demonstration calling for political dialogue. Yemen’s anti-government demonstrators are calling for an immediate, peaceful transition of power. On Friday they marched through the Sanaa University campus carrying banners and huge Yemeni flag, and chanting anti-government slogans. President Ali Abdullah Saleh is holding out against protesters, while promising not to step down when his term ends in 2013. His supporters organized a counter-demonstration on Sanaa’s Tahrir Square, accusing rebels of plunging the country into chaos, and calling for peaceful dialogue. Four people were killed and seven injured on Friday during clashes between demonstrators and troops in the northern Yemeni town of Harf Sufyan.


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