In Yemen, Protesters Clash With Security Forces There are now protests in 14 of the country's 21 provinces. In the western city of Hodeidah, hundreds are injured after clashes between anti-government demonstrators on one side and security forces and pro-government crowds on the other. And in the Yemeni capital of Sanaa — as well as the southern city of Taiz — security forces fired tear gas and some live ammunition at anti-government protesters. Michele Norris speaks to Laura Kasinof, a contributor to the New York Times, about unrest in Yemen.

In Yemen, Protesters Clash With Security Forces

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MICHELE NORRIS, Host:

I spoke earlier with Laura Kasinof, who's been covering events for The New York Times. She gave us the latest from the capital, Sana'a.

LAURA KASINOF: So this is continuing on, and tensions are quite high. And just in the entire capital, we have a large military presence.

NORRIS: How closely are protesters there watching the events in the Middle East and in northern Africa, specifically what's playing out right now in Libya?

KASINOF: And I would say the people who either are against the anti-government protests here or are indifferent, they watch what happens in Libya, and it certainly scares them. They told me that.

NORRIS: Laura, do me a favor. Help us understand the lay of the land in terms of the kinds of support that President Ali Abdullah Saleh has and where the protesters are coming from in terms of their age, their background and what they're asking for in these demonstrations.

KASINOF: Outside of the region around the capital, I would say that population as a whole are, for the most part, largely against the president and largely are calling for revolution.

NORRIS: Some of these protesters are actually asking those in political power there to engage in some sort of peaceful dialogue. We've seen the same thing in other - in unrest in other countries, in Bahrain, for instance. Is that possible in Yemen, that the violence that we're seeing flash up in parts of the country might be replaced with some sort of peaceful dialogue?

KASINOF: So it doesn't seem like the talk is going to work. The only thing that they're going to accept is for Ali Saleh to step down.

NORRIS: Laura Kasinof, thank you very much for speaking with us. Please stay safe.

KASINOF: Great, thanks for having me today.

NORRIS: Laura Kasinof has been covering events in Sana'a, Yemen, for The New York Times.

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