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Demonstrators flood the streets of Yemen capital

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The Yemeni capital, Sanaa has been the scene of the largest demonstrations yet.

Protestors demanding President Ali Abdullah Saleh goes immediately flooded one of the main streets which they have called, ‘Change Square’.

They are sceptical of the Gulf Arab’s latest initiative advising a three month transition of power. They want a general strike across the country on Saturday and dubbed their protest, ‘Last chance Friday.

“We will bring him down by ourselves and we will not give up until his fall. We will not go back to our homes until he has been overthrown and, God willing, victory is coming soon,” said one protestor.

Pro Saleh factions also gathered in the capital. They, like Saleh, have been guarded on the Gulf Arab peace plan which would end the president’s 32- year-rule and give him, his family and aides immunity from prosecution.

The 69 year old has already said he will not stand again after his current term ends in 2013 and spoke to his supporters.

“You heard yesterday the opposition is calling people to take over banks, Ministry of Oil, Foreign Ministry. They want to attack the achievements of the people, achievements made after 49 years,” said the president.

Analysts believe the ongoing unrest could open more opportunities for al Queda militants. At least 120 people have died in two months of protests demanding the president goes.

At least 120 people have died in two months of protests demanding the end of Mr Saleh’s 32-year rule.