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The Straight Story Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-27-11 09:55 AM
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Yemen is latest Arab state to join unrest; at least 10,000 activists demonstrating
Yemen is latest Arab state to join unrest; at least 10,000 activists demonstrating

BEIRUT, Lebanon Yemen became the latest Arab state to plunge into political turmoil on Thursday, joining Egypt and Tunisia, as thousands of Yemenis took to the streets in the capital and other regions to demand a change in government.

Organizers of the protests in Yemen, one of the Middle Easts most impoverished countries and a haven for Al Qaeda militants, said they were inspired by the protests in Tunisia that toppled the president there earlier this month. The Tunisian revolts contagion also has played a role in the violent Egyptian demonstrations that have shaken the government there.

At least 10,000 protesters led by opposition members and youths activists gathered at Sana University and around 6,000 more elsewhere in the Yemeni capital of Sana, according to local news media reports. Some carried banners and marched in color-coordinated groups.

The government responded by sending a large number of security forces into the streets, said Nasser Arabyee, a Yemeni journalist in Sana reached by phone.

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/01/28/world/middleeast/28yemen.html?_r=1&partner=rss&emc=rss
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Catherina Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-27-11 10:29 AM
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1. "at least 10,000 activists demonstrating"
Megets the feeling we're in for a very exciting 2011.

It's encouraging to see such a vivid illustration of how one man, one young 22 year old boy, can make such a difference.

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