FRIDAY OF RAGE: Secret Police Arrest Dozens In Syria; Exit Talks Break Down In Yemen
Mar. 25, 2011
08:00 ET YEMEN: Exit talks for President Saleh have hit a snag, according to the WSJ. This update follows the Journal’s report last night that Saleh was on his way out.
In Sanaa police fired warning shots to prevent clashes between rival protesters, according to the AFP.
07:19 ET SYRIA: Secret police in Damascus just arrested dozens of protesters, witnesses tell Reuters.
EARLIER: A few big protests to worry about today, which may start after noon prayer.
First in Yemen, where despite rumors that President Saleh would step down within days and promises from Saleh of a peaceful transfer of power, activists vowed to stage a wide-scale protester. Police have reportedly set up checkpoints to stop protesters from reaching the government headquarters in Sanaa.
Second in Syria, where protesters are gathering despite crackdowns that may have killed over one hundred earlier this week. President Assad has promised political reform including the lifting of emergency laws in place since 1963.