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Yemen opposition defiant on demands

Yemen opposition defiant on demands
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Thousands of angry protesters have once again gathered in the capital of Yemen, to push their demand for the President to step down immediately.

Their numbers have swelled dramatically since 40 protesters were killed on Friday when the security forces opened fire.

Anger at the shootings has splintered Saleh’s remaining support. There has been a flurry of top-level defections to the opposition. Army officers, including one general who was a close ally of Saleh, have defected and now support the pro-reform protesters.

Saleh has warned that any attempt at launching a coup will result in a “bloody” civil war.

Saleh has announced he will leave office after elections due in January 2012. But opposition groups have rejected his offer to step down then; they want him out now.