Activist: Police open fire at protesters in Yemen port town, injure 45

SANAA, Yemen — A Yemeni activist says police fired tear gas and live ammunition at protesters calling for the ouster of the country’s longtime president, injuring 45 people in a southern port town.

Monday’s violence took place in al-Hudaydah on the Red sea, where thousands rallied demanding President Ali Abdullah Saleh step down.

Activist Riyadh al-Absi says 45 were hurt, including 12 protesters wounded by bullets fired by plainclothes policemen. He says police used batons to beat protesters who responded by throwing stones.

Yemen has been wracked by protests since mid-February over the country’s lack of freedoms and extreme poverty.

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