Crisis in Sana’a

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At least 30 dead Fri. in Yemen capital after government opens fire on protesters.

More: Country declares state of emergency.

THE WHITE HOUSE

Office of the Press Secretary

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 18, 2011

Statement by the President on violence in Yemen

I strongly condemn the violence that has taken place in Yemen today and call on President Saleh to adhere to his public pledge to allow demonstrations to take place peacefully. Those responsible for today’s violence must be held accountable. The United States stands for a set of universal rights, including the freedom of expression and assembly, as well as political change that meets the aspirations of the Yemeni people. It is more important than ever for all sides to participate in an open and transparent process that addresses the legitimate concerns of the Yemeni people, and provides a peaceful, orderly and democratic path to a stronger and more prosperous nation.

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