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Strain starts to tell on Yemen

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Strain starts to tell on Yemen


At least four protesters were killed in Yemen yesterday and violence continued overnight as anti-government crowds called for an end to President Ali Abdullah Saleh’s three decades in power.

Protests spread beyond the capital Sanaa to Taiz, Ibb, Hodeidah and Baidah, although the demonstrators were in their hundreds and not the some 1,500 that marched in Sanaa and the some 3,000 that came out onto the streets in Aden in the south.

The deaths were in Aden, but dozens of people were injured in trouble-spots across the country, and every protest was met with a counter-demonstration by government loyalists.

After a month of protests, the already unsteady government looks shakier with marches now a daily event. Yemen’s ally, the USA, worries no institution, not even the army, is ready to take over should the government fall, and the country’s al-Qaeda branch could take advantage of the situation.

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