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Violence punctuates Yemen protests; demonstrators crowd square in Bahrain
Others yelled: "Change is your only option."
A few miles away, at the new campus of Sanaa University, long the focal point of the anti-government demonstrators, hundreds of Saleh supporters took over the area Tuesday. The move appeared to be a symbolic attempt to assert the government supporters' strength in the face of the continuing protests.
"With our blood and souls, we sacrifice for Ali," the crowds chanted.
But one member of Saleh's ruling party quit in protest Tuesday.
"The ruling party has failed to fight corruption and is involved in attacking peaceful demonstrators," said Abdul Kareem Aslami, a member of parliament. "This is against my morals, and that is why I must resign."
Top ruling party officials deny involvement in the attacks and say that Saleh supporters are acting on their own.
Human rights groups have criticized the violence committed by Saleh's loyalists and security forces, which have also beaten and detained journalists. Yemen's journalists union denounced the attacks, saying they would widen the unrest in the country.
"The attacks on protesters and journalists using sticks and knives will take the Yemeni government one step closer to being like Tunisia and Egypt," said Saeed Thabit, the head of the union.
Hakim Almasmari is a special correspondent.