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Several Yemenis Injured in Brutal Crackdown

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TEHRAN, March 17 (ICANA) – Scores of people were injured in the western city of al-Hudaida after police used heavy force to quell an anti-government demonstration.
Thursday, March 17, 2011 10:44:44 AM
Several Yemenis Injured in Brutal Crackdown

Police opened fire and used tear gas while elements loyal to the regime attacked protesters with batons and rocks.

Yemen has witnessed massive government protests for weeks now. Protesters want President Ali Abdullah Saleh to step down. Saleh has been in power for 32 years.

In Taiz, several female students where injured when loyalists pelted them with stones to prevent them from joining the anti-government rallies.

On March 10th President Saleh announced plans to change the constitution to move to a parliamentary system. He pledged a vote on a new constitution would be held by the end of 2011. The move was rejected by protesters and the opposition as belated and inadequate.

In al-Jowf governorate to the north of the capital Sana'a, anti government protesters surrounded the house of the deputy governor of Al-Jowf, after they took control of the government compound. On Tuesday, one of Jowf's sheiks was killed by what the government sources described as people loyal to opposition parties.

Anti-regime protests in Yemen began last month and have left up to 40 people dead. The protests were inspired by the popular revolutions and uprisings sweeping the Arab world.

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