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Rival mass demonstrations in Yemen

Rival mass demonstrations in Yemen
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Tens of thousands of pro and anti-government demonstrators gathered on the streets of the Yemini capital Sanaa on Friday.

Weeks of protest have brought President Saleh’s 32 year rule to near collapse, but he’s refusing to step down immediately, a key demand of the opposition protestors.

They marched towards the re-named Change Square near the university, some 2-3 kilometres away from from the the government supporters.

“Even though I’m old” said one man, “I’m here with the young people to call for a change in the regime, nothing more and nothing less”.

But in Tahrir Square thousands of people also turned out for a pro-government rally, suggesting support for the President is still considerable. Saleh himself put in an appearance.

For many years the West has looked on President Saleh as an ally vital in the war against terror.

He claims that without him Al Qaeda would take over the country.

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