| GEO World|
| One killed, three wounded in Yemen 'day of rage'|
| Updated at: 1552 PST, Wednesday, July 07, 2010|
ADEN: Yemeni police on Wednesday opened fire at protesters in the southern city of Aden killing a civilian and wounding three others, on a "day of rage" called by separatists, witnesses and medics said.
Police fired bullets and tear gas to disperse hundreds of supporters of the Southern Movement. Medics at a city hospital said three wounded demonstrators were brought in along with the body of the man killed.
The separatist Southern Movement called for southerners to mark a "day of rage" in tightly-patrolled Aden on the 16th anniversary of the port city being overrun by northern forces after a brief civil war.
The group also called on supporters to attend the funeral of an Aden resident, Ahmed Mohammed Darwish, who died last Friday in prison in the capital of former South Yemen.
Demonstrators were marching towards a state hospital to recover Darwish's corpse when the clashes erupted with police, witnesses said.
"The security forces detained six of the protesters after opening fire on us and dispersing our demonstration," a source from the Southern Movement said.
Darwish died one day after he was detained along with dozens of others following a suspected Al-Qaeda attack on the city's intelligence headquarters on June 19.
Eleven people including seven military personnel were killed in the attack, officials said.
The Southern Movement is a coalition of groups with a range of demands from economic and social improvements to full independence for the regions of former South Yemen.
The impoverished country's south was independent from 1967 until 1990 when it united with the north. The south seceded in 1994, sparking a short-lived conflict that ended when the south was overrun by northern troops.