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Article Date: January 15, 2009
At least 20 people
have been injured as police fired bullets and tear gas into crowds
during a rally at the Hashmi Square in Aden to commemorate the 13th
Many troops were deployed in the square on Tuesday morning preparing to disperse possible rallies.
As people started to arrive in the square, troops fired shots and tear gas at them breaking up a peaceful rally aimed at remembering those who were killed in the January 13th, 1986 massacres.
The rally, which was called by leaders of the southern reconciliation and tolerance groups and the anti-government movement, was also planned to celebrate the third anniversary of the establishment of these groups which were set up to reconcile southern people after the January 13th events.
Medical sources at the Al-Naqeeb Hospital in the province said 15 people suffered tear gas inhalation and five others were wounded by shots.
One of the injured was in critical condition requiring a surgery as one bullet struck his neck, the sources said.
Furthermore, security force arrested about 50 people while arriving at the square to take part in the rally.
The Joint Meeting Parties, the opposition, condemned hindering peaceful rallies, saying such security measures to deal with civil activities lead to more political congestion.Troops were also deployed in Aden, Lahj and Abyan in fear these groups riot.