March 21, 2011

Massive protests continue in Yemen, despite the killing of more than 40 demonstrators and President Saleh’s declaration of a state of emergency. Police later storm one of the protesters’ camps.

Tens of thousands of anti-government demonstrators continued to gather in Taghyeer Square in Sana’a on Saturday, a day after President Ali Abdullah Saleh announced a nationwide state of emergency. This followed the bloodiest outbreak of violence since anti-government protests began.

Witnesses and a security official said police stormed a protest camp in southern Yemen on Saturday, where thousands are calling for the country’s longtime president to be ousted. The raid was the latest attempt by security forces to put down growing unrest.

Protesters also said police fired tear gas and live rounds in the southern port city of Aden. The number of injured remained unclear.

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