Yemen’s US-backed leader fails to stop uprising

SANAA, Yemen – A brutal crackdown failed to stop
massive protests against Yemen’s U.S.-backed president, who attacked a
protest camp in the south’s main city on Saturday but couldn’t halt
demonstrations there or in the capital.

Police shot live ammunition, rubber bullets and tear
gas at protesters in the makeshift camp in Aden, wounding at least 13
people including three hit by the live rounds, demonstrators told The
Associated Pres by telephone.

Thousands surged out of the camp and surrounded a
nearby police station in an attempt to seize it. Police fired in the air
to hold them back, protesters told the AP.

President Ali Abdullah Saleh’s crackdown on dissent
escalated dramatically on Friday, when security forces in the capital,
Sanaa, killed at least 46 people and injured hundreds.

Thousands demanding Saleh’s ouster stood their
ground, hurling stones at troops despite more live fire and tear gas, in
the large traffic circle they have dubbed Taghyir, or Change, Square.

The protests continued Saturday as soldiers in tanks
and armored personnel carriers took up positions at intersections and
key buildings including the presidential palace, the state TV building
and other government institutions. Soldiers searched motorists and

Many of the victims in Friday’s violence were shot in
the head and neck, their b… >>>

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