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Pro and anti-government crowds clash in Sanaa

Pro and anti-government crowds clash in Sanaa
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Police tried to separate pro and anti-government demonstrators in the Yemeni capital Sanaa on Saturday.

A crowd of about 2000 protesters collided with a counter-demonstration of supporters of President Ali Abdullah Saleh, which swept aside the police and chased the protesters down Sanaa’s main streets, dispersing them.

The pro-government crowd was armed with clubs and knives, and the clash followed an incident last night when a demonstration was broken up by gunmen. In that case the security forces stood by.

Earlier on Saturday the anti-government protest occupied the capital and looked to be in the ascendancy. It took its original strength from about 300 students who gathered at the university before moving off and collecting support from other people.