Yemeni riot police in the capital of Sanaashot dead a protester and injured five others on Saturday when they opened fire on thousands marching in the 10th day of unrest rocking the country.
Residents say groups of men are attacking, looting and burning government buildings in the port city of Aden and there is no sign of police or armed forces. In Yemen’s second largest city, security forces have disappeared from the streets, threatening to plunge the port into chaos after 10 days constant protests, say residents.
It was the ninth day in a row that demonstrators had demanded the ouster of the President Ali Abdullah Saleh, who has been in power for 32 years. Over the past nine days of protests, six people have been killed and more than 150 wounded as police fire tear gas and gunshots.
Around 500 people protested Saturday in front of Sana’a University in the Yemeni capital, demanding the ouster of the president. “Leave, leave Saleh, our demands are clear,” they chanted and “Ali, go after Mubarak.” Meanwhile, over 100 pro-government demonstrators gathered nearby, chanting “We want no one but Ali.”
Protests across the region have been inspired by uprisings in Tunisia and Egypt this year, which saw the overthrow of the long-time presidents of both of those countries.
Two people were killed in Aden on Friday and an unknown number injured when security forces used tear gas, batons and stun guns to try to disperse protesters. Another two people were killed in Taiz when a man threw a hand grenade from his car at a group of anti-government protesters. Forty-one people were injured.
Amnesty International has urged the Yemeni authorities to stop using excessive force to control anti-government demonstrations amid continued violence against protesters across the country.