A protester was reportedly shot dead during Yemen’s sixth consecutive day of anti-government demonstrations on Wednesday.

The death occurred in Aden, in Yemen’s restive south, where fierce clashes took place between police and protesters.

Despite the presence of security forces and armed government loyalists, hundreds took to the streets in the capital, Sana’a. There were also large protests in the city of Taiz.

Protests earlier this year were led by the mainstream opposition parties, who have since agreed to begin talks with the government.

But since the fall of Hosni Mubarak in Egypt last week, more spontaneous demonstrations by students and civil society activists have erupted. Analysts say these will be harder to contain if they gain momentum.

Activists are calling on Facebook for a mass protest on February 24.

The government is already having to contend with an insurgency in the north, an increasingly vocal secessionist movement in the south, and a flourishing al-Qaeda presence.

Abdul Malik al-Houthi, the leader of an armed movement in northern Yemen composed of adherents of Zaydism, an offshoot of Shia Islam, said: “Yemenis should take advantage of this opportunity and seriously mobilise …which will be responsible for changing the reality and removing this criminal government.”

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