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Yemen: Thousands Protest Again, Some Deaths Reported

Along with reports of crackdowns on anti-government demonstrators today in Bahrain and Libya, and some deaths in both places, there's similar news from Yemen:

"SANAA — Anti-government demonstrators clashed with supporters of Yemen's longtime ruler and riot police, who fired tear gas and gunshots to disperse the crowd on what organizers called a nationwide 'Friday of Rage.' Three people were killed by police in the port of Aden and 48 were wounded in the southern city of Taiz when someone threw what appeared to be a hand grenade into a crowd, witnesses said." (The Associated Press)

The Financial Times writes that "tens of thousands across the country demonstrated against corruption and the failure of democratic reform."

Earlier, the White House released this statement from President Obama:

"I am deeply concerned by reports of violence in Bahrain, Libya and Yemen. The United States condemns the use of violence by governments against peaceful protesters in those countries and wherever else it may occur. We express our condolences to the family and friends of those who have been killed during the demonstrations.

"Wherever they are, people have certain universal rights including the right to peaceful assembly. The United States urges the governments of Bahrain, Libya and Yemen to show restraint in responding to peaceful protests, and to respect the rights of their people."

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