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Posted at 10:42 AM ET, 09/23/2011

Yemen: Crowds march in protest as president returns (photos, video)

(Follow live updates from journalists and others on the ground here, and a gallery of photos from the marches here.)

Crowds protested across Yemen on Friday as President Ali Abdullah Saleh unexpectedly returned home, calling for a truce and new negotiations.


Anti-government protesters attend a rally demanding the ouster of Yemen's President Ali Abdullah Saleh in Sanaa after his return today. (AHMED JADALLAH/REUTERS)
The return came more than three months after Saleh suffered injuries from a bomb blast at his presidential compound and left to get medical treatment in Saudi Arabia.

When news broke of Saleh’s return in the early morning, heavy fighting began in several areas of Sanaa, the capital, and crowds gathered in change squares across the country in protest. Supporters of Saleh also came out, but in much smaller numbers.

Below, watch a video of what some are calling Yemen’s “million man march” today:

Follow live updates from journalists and others on the ground, below:

A photo of Saleh’s injuries:


Saleh is seen during a meeting in Riyadh in July 2011. (HO/REUTERS)

More photos from the protests:


Anti-government protesters attend a rally demanding Saleh’s ouster. (AHMED JADALLAH/REUTERS)

Supporters of Yemen's President Ali Abdullah Saleh shout slogans and hold posters of him during a rally celebrating his return to Sanaa. (HANI MOHAMMED/ASSOCIATED PRESS)

Supporters of Yemen's President Ali Abduallah Saleh gather at the Monument of the Unknown Soldier during a celebration of his return. (HANI MOHAMMED/ASSOCIATED PRESS)

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Tags:  World, Yemen, Ali Abdullah Saleh, Arab Spring

 
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