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Yemen marks uprising anniversary with anti-Houthi rally

National Yemen

Tens of thousands of people have rallied across Yemen to mark the anniversary of the country’s 2011 uprising and to protest against the Houthis takeover of power.

Protesters staged a huge demonstration in the central city of Taiz on Wednesday in the largest protest yet against the Houthi coup.

Hundreds more rallied in the capital Sanaa, as protesters denounced the group and Ali Abdullah Saleh, the former president who was forced to step down in early 2012 after a months-long uprising.

The Houthis, who control 10 of Yemen’s 22 provinces, are believed to be bolstered by army units who maintain loyalty to Saleh.

Saleh and his former ruling party, the General People’s Congress (GPC), have denied claims they are seeking to reassert control over the country through the Houthis.