Troops kill two students south of Yemeni capital

SANAA- Troops opened fire to break up a Yemeni student demonstration Saturday demanding the postponement of exams and killed two students and wounded 15 others, a protest organiser told AFP.
Hundreds were taking part in the protest at Al-Maaf, a village in Taez province, some 200 kilometres (125 miles) south of the capital Sanaa, when security forces fired live bullets into the crowd, organiser Ahmed Wafi said.

A local non-governmental organisation, the Centre for Information and Training on Human Rights, confirmed the shooting and denounced "the suppression of a peaceful march of students."
There was no immediate word from the authorities over the shooting.
Troops tried to disperse the students who were joined by anti-government protesters who have since late January been demanding the immediate departure of embattled President Ali Abdullah Saleh, the protest organiser said.
He said the young students had been demanding a postponement of their final exams to allow them more time to prepare after their studies were disrupted by strikes that accompanied popular anti-government protests.
More than 150 people have been killed in political violence linked to demands for Saleh's ouster.
The six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council is trying to broker a deal between Saleh to ensure a peaceful transition and end the bloodshed in the impoverished Arab nation.
The GCC plan proposes the formation of a government of national unity, Saleh transferring power to his vice president, and resigning after 30 days, a day after the parliament would pass a law granting him and his aides immunity.

Sunday, May 8th 2011

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