As protests erupted today in Sanaa (Yemen) and Manama (Bahrain), security forces cracked down on protesters in Tehran (Iran). One person has been shot dead, others arrested. Additional protests also took place in the West Bank (Israel), Jordan and Algeria.
Security forces erected razor wire to prevent the protesters from entering the square.
Violence erupted on Sunday when anti-riot police used batons to break-up a demonstration by an estimated 2,000 people in Sanaa, injuring one woman and arresting 10 people.
The protesters, who are mainly students and civil society activists, want Saleh to follow the example of Egypt’s Hosni Mubarak and resign. He has been in power for 32 years.
In Bahrain, there are reports of small-scale clashes during protests by the country’s Shia majority. Demonstrators had called for a ‘Day of Rage’ on Monday along the lines of those organized in Egypt. At least 14 people were injured in clashes overnight and on Monday.
Meanwhile, Iranian police have blocked access to the house of opposition leader, Mir Hossein Mousavi, to stop him taking part in a rally in support of Arab revolts. According to his website, police vans and vehicle were sent to the alley where Mousavi and his wife live. The report also said all telephone lines at the house including mobile phone connections had been cut.
Arab states are to hold their annual summit in the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, on 29 March. This will be the first summit of the 22-member Arab League since the resignation of Mubarak. It is unknown who will represent Egypt at this time.