February 13, 2011

SANAA – Rocks and batons flew in central Sanaa on Monday as pro-democracy protesters clashed violently with police and supporters of President Ali Abdullah Saleh, witnesses said.

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Clashes between police and protesters also erupted in the city of Taez, south of Sanaa, where thousands of people joined demonstrations against Saleh, witnesses said.

In Sanaa, around 3,000 protesters marched from Sanaa University towards Al-Tahrir square in the city centre demanding that Saleh — in power for 32 years — step down, an AFP reporter said.

Streets echoed to chants of “After Mubarak, Ali,” referring to the ouster of Egypt’s Hosni Mubarak who quit after 18 days of protests by hundreds of thousands of Egyptians centred on Cairo’s main square, also named Tahrir.

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