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Yemen Protesters Flee Armed Government Loyalists


(RFE/RL) — In Yemen, hundreds of armed government loyalists have chased off a small group of protesters trying to launch a seventh day of rallies to demand President Ali Abdullah Saleh’s resignation.

Police failed to contain loyalists trying to attack the antigovernment protesters meeting at Sanaa University.


Protesters were forced to retreat, but reportedly were trying to regroup.

At least five people were reported injured.

Recent antigovernment demonstrations in Yemen have been countered by pro-government crowds ready to use violence.

One protester was killed by police in the southern port city of Aden on February 16, the first confirmed death since the protests began.

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