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Updated: March 4, 2011 16:19 IST

Yemeni students call for end of regime

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Anti-government demonstrators react as they prepare to hurl stones at supporters of the Yemeni government, during clashes in Sanaa, Yemen on Saturday. Photo: AP
Anti-government demonstrators react as they prepare to hurl stones at supporters of the Yemeni government, during clashes in Sanaa, Yemen on Saturday. Photo: AP

Some 3,000 students are protesting at Sanaa University in the Yemeni capital, calling for the country’s long serving U.S.-backed president to step down.

Sunday’s demonstration marks the 11th straight day of anti-government protests in Yemen. On Saturday, riot police fired on marchers, killing one and injuring five. Seven have been killed since the unrest began.

The protesters seek to oust long-time President Ali Abdullah Saleh, a key U.S. ally in the fight against al-Qaida, and have been inspired by uprisings in Egypt and Tunisia.

Marching students chanted and carried signs reading “Get out Ali for the sake of future generations.”

Riot police watched the march but have not yet intervened. Past protests were often attacked by government supporters, degenerating into riots.

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