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Large Protests Take Place In Yemen


Tens of thousands of anti- and pro-government protesters have taken to the streets of Yemen's capital after Friday prayers.

Protesters against President Ali Abdullah Saleh's 32-year rule gathered at Sana'a University in the capital, with crowds stretched back about two kilometers.

In a counter rally in the capital's Tahrir Square, tens of thousands of Saleh loyalists gathered, touting pictures of the 68-year-old leader.

The demonstrations followed the March 10 proposal by Saleh, a U.S. ally against Al-Qaeda's Yemen-based wing, for a new constitution to be put to referendum within the year and new electoral laws to ensure equal representation.

Opposition figures rejected the offer, calling it "too little, too late."

compiled from Reuters reports
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