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Anti-Government Protests Spread To Iran, Yemen

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Anti-Government Protests Spread To Iran, Yemen

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Anti-Government Protests Spread To Iran, Yemen

Anti-Government Protests Spread To Iran, Yemen

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Egypt's anti-government uprising continues to inspire protesters throughout the region, as thousands marched in Yemen and Iran on Monday.

MICHELE NORRIS, Host:

And as we mentioned, it was a similar story elsewhere in the Middle East today. In Iran's capital, Tehran, thousands of protesters were met in the streets by police and tear gas. It's been a year and a half since the country's disputed presidential election led to massive protests and ultimately, a brutal government crackdown. The U.S. State Department was quick to criticize the Iranian government for attempting to silence demonstrators.

MELISSA BLOCK, Host:

Also today, in Sana'a, the capital of Yemen, some anti-government demonstrators were wounded in a clash with armed groups loyal to President Ali Abdullah Saleh. Protesters demanded Saleh's ouster. He, like former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, has been in power for three decades and enjoys the support of the U.S. government. Saleh recently said he would step down in 2013.

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