Anti-Government Protests Spread to Yemen

Protesters invoke Tunisia, Egypt
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 27, 2011 7:39 AM CST
Yemeni activist Tawakul Karman, who was jailed for leading protests at the weekend, holds a rose during an anti-government protest in Sanaa, Yemen.   (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed)
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(Newser) – Protests inspired by the Tunisia uprising are continuing to snowball in the Middle East: Tens of thousands rallied today in Yemen, in the largest by far of a recent wave of anti-government protests. Protesters gathered in the capital Sana'a, calling on President Ali Abdullah Saleh to step down, the BBC reports.

"We are partners in this nation and we won't submit to exclusion," protesters chanted. "Look at Tunis and what it did. Yemen's people are stronger." Saleh, who has been in power for nearly 32 years, has attempted to calm unrest by raising salaries for the army, discussing term limits, and denying that he plans to install his son as successor.

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