Yemen security forces shoot dead protester

Yemeni riot police shot dead a protester and injured five others.

Updated: Feb 19, 2011, 16:26 PM IST

Sanaa (Yemen): Yemeni riot police shot dead a protester and injured five others when they opened fire on a march of thousands of demonstrators in the capital Sanaa on Saturday.

Protesters in Sanaa marched early in the morning from the University of Sanaa to the Ministry of Justice while chanting, "the people want the fall of the regime."
Riot police backed by plainsclothes elements confronted the rioters, opening fire and throwing stones.

A medical official said one man was shot in the neck and killed. He spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the press.
Meanwhile residents of Yemen`s port city Aden said security forces have disappeared from the streets, threatening to send the city into chaos.

Residents say groups of men are looting and burning government buildings and there is no sign of police or armed forces.

Over the past nine days of protests, seven people have been killed and more than 150 wounded as police fire tear gas and gunshots.

Bureau Report