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Anti-government protesters in Yemen continue demands for Saleh's ouster

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A soldier stands guard as anti-government protesters gather during a rally before Friday prayers to demand the ouster of Yemen's President Ali Abdullah Saleh in Sanaa June 24.

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A girl attends the weekly Friday prayers with her mother during a rally to demand the ouster of Yemen's President Ali Abdullah Saleh in the southern city of Taiz June 24.

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Anti-government protesters sit atop a billboard during a rally before Friday prayers to demand the ouster of Yemen's President Ali Abdullah Saleh in Sanaa June 24.

 

From The Associated Press :

 SANAA, Yemen — Yemeni security forces have opened fire on tens of thousands of protesters at a funeral in southern Yemen, killing at least one demonstrator.

A medical official also says six people were wounded in Friday's clashes between government forces backed by tanks and protesters in the southern port city of Aden. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to brief the media.

The funeral was being held for a man identified as Ahmed Darwish. According to reports published by local rights groups, the 25-year-old died in custody last year. Darwish's family had refused to bury him since his death last June, demanding an investigation.

Thousands of anti-government protesters used the funeral to call on Yemen's longtime autocratic president, Ali Abdullah Saleh, to step down.

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