Hundreds protest arrest of Yemeni woman activist

January 23, 2011 18:43

Yemeni police have arrested a woman activist for leading anti-government protests, setting off a second day of street demonstrations.

Police used tear gas and batons to disperse hundreds of students, activists and lawmakers who demonstrated in the capital Sanaa to demand the release of Tawakul Abdel-Salam Karman, who was arrested early Sunday.Interior Minster Mouthar al-Masri said on state television Sunday that people have the right to express their views but demonstrations, gatherings and marches should be staged within the boundaries of the law.

Karman is a senior member of the opposition Islamic fundamentalist Islah Party.

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