Thousands Protest in Yemen

January 27, 2011 Updated: January 28, 2011

Thousands of determined protesters took to the streets of Yemen on Thursday, demanding a regime change in an imitation of recent protests in Tunisia and Egypt.

A estimated 16,000 demonstrators in the country's capital of Sana'a are vowing to let things escalate if their demands are not met, Reuters reported.

Security officials said that in three separate incidents, four people have been killed—including one policeman and two soldiers—in the southern province of Abyan, reported by AFP.

With one-third of Yemen's 23 million people living and suffering from chronic hunger and soaring unemployment, and almost half of the population living on less than $2 a day, the population is struggling, according to the United Nations Development Program.

Encouraged by recent protests in Tunisia and Egypt, protesters are demanding the end to corruption and the 30-year rule of President Ali Abdullah Saleh.