Fights Break Out Among Yemen Protesters

Police have to separate pro- and anti-government demonstrators
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 14, 2011 9:52 AM CST
Fights Break Out Among Yemen Protesters
Supporters of the Yemeni government raise posters of their President Ali Abdullah Saleh during a rally in Sanaa, Yemen, Sunday, Feb. 13, 2011.   (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed)

Hundreds of demonstrators supporting Yemen’s government attacked hundreds more opposing it in the capital today, as the protests in the volatile Arab nation entered their fourth day. Government supporters fought with students who were staging a sit-in at Sana University, beating them with sticks near the main school’s main gate, the New York Times reports. Police had to step in to separate the sides.

The fight followed a shouting match. “The people want to expel Ali Saleh!” the students cried, while the other side chanted, in the same rhythm, “The people want to start dialogue!” Similar fights broke out in the southern city of Taiz, where thousands of anti-government protesters had demonstrated overnight. Police fired shots into the air, but were unable to stop the fighting. (Read more Yemen protests stories.)

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