Monday, April 25, 2011

Scores wounded in Yemen clashes

Nationwide anti-government protests continue in Yemen

Source: Press TV

Scores of Yemenis have been wounded in shootings carried out by the country's security forces to disperse demonstrators in the southern city of Taiz, while nationwide anti-government protests continue.

Hundreds of thousands of protesters in the critical city faced the security forces who fired bullets and tear gas to break them up, AFP reported Monday.

The protesters, who have been demanding the ouster of the longtime Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh since January, chanted “No rest, no respite for the executioner [Saleh.]”

The Yemeni protesters carried banners that read "No negotiations, no dialogue."

Yemen's Deputy Information Minister Abdoh al-Janadi earlier confirmed at a press conference that Saleh will step down and that the transition of power will take place in accordance with the Yemeni constitution.

The Yemeni opposition has agreed to the deal, which also calls for a unity government to be formed within a week.

The anti-government protesters also demand that the Yemeni incumbent president should be held accountable for the violent crackdown on protesters.

The Yemeni protesters have faced the government's brutal crackdown by riot police and supporters of Saleh, who are often armed with knives and batons.

According to local sources, the death toll in Yemen has surpassed 300 since anti-government protests began in late January.

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