Houthi demonstrators in Yemen vow to continue protests

Houthi demonstrators in Yemen have congregated in Sana’a’s Liberation Square, vowing to continue their peaceful move to meet the goals of the revolution in the country, Press TV reports.

Demonstrators stressed that the revolution has not so far met its goals such as ending the western intervention, sacking all corrupted government officials, ending poverty and building a true independent Yemeni Nation.

Back in 2011, youth revolutionaries from all parts of the nation flooded the Liberation Square. Later, Yemen’s major political parties declared their support for the youth uprising and the goals of the revolution.

This comes while the protesters believe the political parties no longer share similar goals with the revolutionaries as they used to do before.

“In the beginning, the Yemeni people came out due to the harsh reality they had been living on there, a reality the consisted of poverty, corruption, operation and economic draught. The political parties who have deserted the revolutionaries were the same parties who were once part of the previous regime,” a Houthi protester said.

“However, because of the people’s presence here, in the Liberation Square, the plot of those who abandoned the revolution was clearly exposed as they only sought to gain interests,” he added.

Yemen’s Shia Houthi movement draws its name from the tribe of its founding leader Hussein Badreddin al-Houthi.

The Houthis, who control parts of the north and are engaged in reconciliation talks with Sana’a, accuse the government of violating their civil rights and marginalizing them politically, economically, and religiously.

The Houthi movement played a key role in the popular revolution that forced Saleh to step down.

Saleh, who ruled Yemen for 33 years, stepped down in February 2012 under a US-backed power transfer deal in return for immunity, after a year of mass street demonstrations demanding his ouster.

By Press TV


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