Protesters step up demands


With Friday being the main day of prayer, anti-government protesters have said that they hope to get 2 million people onto the streets of Yemen today to press for their demands.

Protests have been going on for weeks and recent high level defections have emboldened the protesters.

President Ali Abdullah Saleh, who has been in power for 32 years, has offered to leave by the end of the year. This has been rejected by protesters and they have increased their demands to include:

• The immediate resignation of the president
• The resignation of the government
• Constitutional changes
• Local government reform
• Dissolution of internal security services.

Meanwhile the parliament has given security forces additional powers under new security laws and the violent confrontations on the streets are almost certain.

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