Saturday, February 12, 2011

Yemeni government's supporters control Tahrir Square

Observed by: Mr. Alaa Isam

Security forces clashed with protesters in Tahrir Square in the capital Sana'a on Saturday while celebrating the resignation of former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and chanting slogans against the regime of President Saleh.

Demonstrators were marching towards the Egyptian Embassy in Jamal St., near Tahrir Square, when security forces dressed in civilian clothes and government supporters armed with traditional knives and sticks interrupted the march and assaulted some anti-government protesters, eyewitnesses told News Yemen.

A number of demonstrators were reportedly injured in the clashes.

Government's supporters have controlled Tahrir Square and set up tents in the whole area to prevent anti-government protests from gathering in the square like protesters in Egypt.

Friday night, hours after President Mubarak stepped down, massive protests took to streets in several Yemeni governorates celebrating “the success of the Egyptian revolution.”


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