An estimated 10,000 opposition-led demonstrators and youth protesters went to Sana University on Thursday and about 6,000 people in other areas in the capital city of Sana demanded the end of the 30-year rule of its president, the state media reported, according to The New York Times.
President Ali Abdallah Saleh sent a large number of military men to control the crowd, according to a reporter Nasser Arabyee.
He added that the security forces were closely monitoring the situation so that no riots will occur.
Yemeni protests followed those of Tunisia and Egypt that sought for change in governments across the Arabian region.
The protesters demanded the end abuse of power, corruption and improvement of their living conditions.
To calm the situation, Saleh vowed to raise military income by $47 each month. He also denied reports that he is grooming his son to succeed him.
A pro-Saleh rally was organized in another area but had far fewer attendees, said Arabyee.
Yemen has one of the lowest income in the Middle East with poor access to the Internet, unlike Egypt and Tunisia.
Last Sunday, Saleh belied reports of his ouster in a televised speech. He also denied reports of opposition's claim that his son will be the next ruler. To ensure military loyalty he promised to raise their salary. He also slashed income taxes by about 50 percent and ordered control of prices of commodity goods.
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