Thousands of Yemenis protest nationwide

Supporters of the Yemeni government gather as they wave flags and chant slogans, in Sanaa, Yemen, Thursday, Feb. 17, 2011. For seven straight days, protests have hit the capital, Sanaa, and other cities in the Arab world's poorest country, a mountainous territory wracked by tribal conflicts, armed rebellion and other serious woes. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed)

February 17, 2011 5:45:25 AM PST
Several thousand Yemeni protesters defied appeals for calm from the military and the country's most influential Islamic cleric and marched through the capital on Thursday, pressing on with their campaign to oust the U.S.-allied president.