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Reuters witnesses estimated that around 16,000 Yemenis demonstrated in four parts of Sanaa in the largest rally since a wave of protests rocked Yemen last week, and protesters vowed to escalate the unrest unless their demands were met.
"If the (ruling) party doesn't respond to our demands, we will escalate this until the president falls, just like what happened in Tunisia," said protester Ayub Hassan.
Yemen's ruling party ran a competing pro-government protest that gathered only a few hundred supporters, witnesses said.
SANAA, Yemen, Jan. 27 (UPI) -- Yemen doesn't need chaos and abuses of democracy, the country's interior minister said as protesters chanted anti-government slogans Thursday in Sanaa.
As anti-government protests escalate in Yemen, revolutionaries have taken control of two major cities in the north and east of the country. The protesters reportedly took over al-Jawf, which borders Saudi Arabia in the northeast on Monday. Three soldiers were killed during clashes in the city. At least 40 people were injured in the capital after police opened fire on protesters on Monday.