Voice of America News
March 12, 2011

Protesters in Yemen say one person was killed and about 300 were wounded Saturday, when Yemeni police stormed an anti-government sit-in, in the capital, Sana’a.

Tens of thousands of anti-government activists had gathered Friday in what was described as one of the biggest demonstrations of its kind to date.

The crackdown came despite Yemeni President Ali Abdallah Saleh’s promise in a speech Thursday that he would protect demonstrators, whether they were for or against his rule.

The president also pledged Thursday to hold a referendum on a new constitution to foster democratic reforms. The opposition rejected the offer, saying it was too little too late.

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