At least 45 people were killed and hundreds of others wounded as security forces and plainclothes government loyalists opened fire on protesters trying to march through the capital, Sana’a.
The youngest and poorest of the Arab world, the country is being racked by protests just like Egypt and Libya. At the center is Sana’a University, where over 100,000 people marched today after Friday prayers. It seemed to be a mostly peaceful march, until soldiers and plainclothes police opened fire.
Yemen has a population of 24 million, and a growth rate of 2.6%. Its GNI PPP per capita is 2,340. The dictator has been in power for over 3 decades, and is not likely to be moved by protesters.
The intensification of force used against demonstrators has led to concern that protesters will retaliate, threatening the possibility of a broad war that could engulf the country.
“In Yemen, violence is almost always met with more violence. If the regime does not stop these crackdowns immediately then we will soon find ourselves in the throngs of a bloody civil war,” said Mohammed al-Faqih, professor of politics at Sana’a University.