Thousands of Yemenis protest, unity gov't offer rebuffed

By REUTERS
February 28, 2011 19:21

SANAA/ADEN - Yemen's opposition rejected an offer for a unity government on Monday, saying it would stand with the tens of thousands of protesters demanding an end to President Ali Abdullah Saleh's 32-year rule.

The move came as violence spiked against security forces in the south. Local officials said gunmen killed two soldiers in successive attacks, and a prison riot killed one inmate and wounded two guards as four prisoners escaped.

Saleh has been struggling to quell daily protests that have swept across the impoverished Arabian Peninsula state, leaving 24 people dead in the past two weeks.

On Monday, tens of thousands of protesters gathered across Yemen, from the capital Sanaa to disparate regions where separatists or Shi'ite rebels hold sway, chanting slogans such as "No dialogue, no dialogue. You leaving is the only option."


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