Top Yemen officials and generals quit after crackdown

Three top generals in Yemen declared their support for anti-government protests Monday as a wave of officials, including the deputy speaker of parliament, announced their resignations, CNN reports. One of the generals who broke ranks will order his troops to protect protesters demonstrating against the country’s longtime president, he told reporters in Yemen. Maj. Gen. Ali Mohsen Al-Ahmar’s announcement ramps up the pressure on President Ali Abdullah Saleh, who is seeing cracks in his support after 32 years in power. At least 22 top officials announced their support for the “peaceful revolution” on Monday, the official said. But Saleh is not showing any signs of resigning, the source said. He dismissed his Cabinet on Sunday, after the weekend resignations of two top Yemeni officials to protest a government crackdown on protesters that left 52 people dead last week.

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