Hundreds protest arrest of Yemeni woman activist

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January 24, 2011 03:32

 
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SANAA, Yemen — Yemeni police on Sunday 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.

Yemeni Interior Minster Mouthar al-Masri said on state television 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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