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Yemenis rally in support of protests in Egypt, 10 injured

English.news.cn   2011-01-29 23:26:30 FeedbackPrintRSS

SANAA, Jan. 29 (Xinhua) -- Hundreds of Yemenis rallied here Saturday against Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak to support Egyptian protesters.

The demonstrators also shouted slogans against President Ali Abdullah Saleh of Yemen, witnesses said.

Demonstrators, included opposition politicians and journalists, marched toward the Egyptian Embassy in support of the protesters in Egypt while repeating their demands for the ouster of the Yemeni president.

Inspired by the Tunisia-style revolution, the Yemeni protesters shouted "down with the regime -- the people want Saleh to leave", witnesses said.

Police forces blocked the street leading to the Egyptian Embassy before the demonstrators arrived, Faisal Hassan, a journalist and one of the demonstrators, told Xinhua.

When the demonstrators approached the Egyptian embassy, some plain-clothes men beat demonstrators and dispersed the rally, eyewitnesses said.

Around ten demonstrators were seriously injured and were rushed to hospitals, they said.

Saleh's ruling party renewed its call for dialogue with the opposition, the country's official news agency Saba reported late on Friday, following massive protests that spread across the country over the past week, demanding the president's ouster.

Saleh announced last Sunday on state TV that he would step down after his second presidential term expires in 2013.

Editor: yan
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