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Yemen forces kill protesters on second straight day

Yemen security forces killed at least four protesters Sunday after killing 12 the day before. The demonstrators are becoming increasingly bold in their opposition to President Ali Abdullah Saleh.

By Correspondent / October 16, 2011

Anti-government protesters shout slogans during a demonstration demanding the ouster of Yemen's President Ali Abdullah Saleh in Sanaa, Sunday. Security forces killed at least four protesters Sunday after killing 12 on Saturday.

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Yemeni security forces fired on crowds of demonstrators in the capital Sunday, killing at least four people just one day after another attack on a mass demonstration killed 12 people.

The protesters are calling for President Ali Abdullah Saleh to step down.

Nine months after the protest movement began, the situation is intensifying. President Saleh made a surprise return last month from Saudi Arabia, where he received medical treatment for wounds sustained in an attack, and has continued to refuse to step down.

The Associated Press reports that witnesses saw rooftop snipers shoot down on crowds numbering in the tens of thousands. At least 37 people were also wounded.

The Republican Guard, led by Saleh’s son, also fought with troops loyal to Ali Mohsen Al Ahmar, an army general who defected to the opposition in March. The clashes took place near Change Square, where protesters have camped for months, reports the AP.

In the southern city of Taiz, security forces also attacked a protest, killing one person and wounding seven others, according to the AP.

Protesters more defiant

Agence France-Presse reports that protesters in Sanaa were trying to march to a street near the presidential palace, a bold and defiant move.

On Saturday, hundreds of thousands of demonstrators marched to the street in the capital that divides territory controlled by Saleh’s troops and that controlled by those loyal to General Ahmar, according to AFP. At least 12 people were killed when security forces fired on the crowd, and AFP reports that another 17 people died in clashes between the rival military units and tribesmen.

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