Yemen’s security forces fired on protesters in Sana’a in the most violent crackdown in two months of political unrest, and President Ali Abdullah Saleh declared emergency rule as the opposition urged wider protests.
DAMASCUS, March 18, 2011 (AFP) - Plain-clothes Syrian police broke up a protest after Friday prayers at the main mosque in central Damascus, dragging away at least two activists, AFP reporters witnessed. "There is no God but God,” a crowd inside the men's section of the Omayyed Mosque started chanting in crescendo after Friday prayers. It was unclear what had sparked the chants.
(Reuters) - Hundreds of Bahrainis gathered on Friday to bury an activist killed in a crackdown on mainly Shi'ite Muslim protesters that has angered Iran and raised tensions in the world's largest oil-exporting region.
While the American and international debate over Libya continues, the situation in Bahrain has just taken a sharp turn for the worse. A brutal crackdown on the protestors followed the controversial entry of security forces from Saudi Arabia and three other GCC states.
DAMASCUS — Syria on Thursday charged 32 demonstrators with attacking the reputation of the state a day after they joined a rally calling for the release of political prisoners, a rights group said. The 32 protesters, including rights activist Suhair Atassi, were detained on Wednesday at a Damascus rally organised by the relatives of political prisoners to petition for their release.
ALGIERS — Algerian youths seeking political change and a movement of unemployed people say they plan to hold separate demonstrations in Algiers late this week, stepping up protests against the authorities.
At least 33 people were killed and more than 100 hurt Friday in clashes between tens of thousands of anti-government protesters and security forces outside Sanaa University in Sanaa, the Yemeni capital, medical officials on the scene said.
MANAMA, BAHRAIN — American calls for Bahrain’s government to negotiate with protesters fell on deaf ears Thursday after the arrest of seven movement leaders in early-morning raids left it unclear who could speak for the opposition.
As violence rises in protests in San'a, opposition ranks are swelling with members of the nation's vast tribal network from outside the capital, complicating the challenge President Ali Abdullah Saleh faces in quelling unrest.