Police Fire on Protesters, at Least 100 Injured

Violence is escalating in Yemen as monthlong protests continue
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Mar 13, 2011 2:01 PM CDT
Supporters of Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh one carrying a weapon, chant slogans during a rally to support Saleh in Amran, Yemen, Saturday, March 12, 2011.   (Hani Mohammed)
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(Newser) – Police on rooftops fired live bullets and tear gas at protesters in Yemen today, wounding at least 100 people camping out near Sanaa University. The day's violence was the latest evidence that monthlong protests demanding the resignation of Yemen's longtime leader were spiraling out of control. Embattled President Ali Abdullah Saleh has resorted to increasingly violent tactics to try and put down the burgeoning uprising against his 32-year rule, deploying dozens of armed supporters on the streets in an attempt to intimidate protesters.

Wielding clubs and knives, police and regime supporters described by protesters as government-sponsored thugs attacked activists, said a doctor in charge of a makeshift hospital near the university. Among today's wounded, more than 20 suffered gas inhalation, and one was in critical condition after being struck with a bullet, the doctor said. In the main square and in surrounding streets, eyewitnesses spoke of people being beaten up, threatened, and gone missing. Today's escalating violence came a day after security forces killed seven demonstrators in protests around the country. Click for more on Yemen.

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