Mass rallies in Yemen, for and against president

SANAA, Yemen—Opponents and supporters of Yemen’s embattled president are marching in cities and towns across the nation for rival rallies after Friday prayers.

Hundreds of thousands are chanting against President Ali Abdullah Saleh, as military commanders and army troops who defected from the camp of the country’s ruler of 32 years are providing security to the opposition demonstrations.

Outside the presidential palace in the capital Sanaa, a mass crowd of Saleh’s supporters are carrying banners reading: “Friday’s Reconciliation.”

Similar rival rallies have taken place every Friday since massive street protests against Saleh’s rule broke out two months ago.

In the southern city of Taiz—an opposition hotbed—a massive crowd has also gathered to demand Saleh relinquish power.

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