Nouh al—Wafi says police fired tear gas and live ammunition to disperse protesters in the town of al—Maafir in Taiz province.

A Yemeni activist says six demonstrators were injured in a southern town when police descended on thousands rallying for the ouster of the country’s long—time president.

Nouh al—Wafi says police fired tear gas and live ammunition to disperse protesters in the town of al—Maafir in Taiz province.

Meanwhile, residents in several cities - including Aden, Saada and Hodeida - observed a one—day shutdown of offices and businesses on Saturday that is part of a civil disobedience campaign called by the opposition to pressure President Ali Abdullah Saleh to step down.

Near—daily protests in Yemen have been going on for nearly three months but Mr. Saleh has refused to leave.

Also on Saturday, the youth movement leading the protests issued a statement insisting Mr. Saleh go immediately.

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