Y-Times Report on Friday’s al Mukalla Potests.

Basically the same as what has already been reported. Al-Jifr discusses the potential danger the government is in if the demonstrations continue to grow. Bajammal has been running around saying that “external” forces are behind the protests…in my opinion, this is rather comical. Al Jifri doesn’t discount Bajammal’s conspiracy theory, but doesn’t assign the same significance the Crazy Qader does. 

HADRAMOUT, Sept. 16 — Media and local sources from Hadramout governorate have mentioned that security forces dispersed, last Friday evening, a big crowd of angry demonstrators amounting to 3,000, with flood nozzles.

The demonstrators chanted mottos like “for your cause detainees!” and raised red and black signs together with the photo of youth Salah Sa’eed Al-Qahom, who was killed during the march on the first of September. They also raised photos of Socialist leader Hasan Ahmed Ba’aum, demanding immediate release of detainees held over the demonstrations.
In the early hours of the demonstration, security forces arrested the chairman of Yemeni Unionist Congregation Nasser Baqazcuz, accusing him of inciting people to demonstrate. They also arrested a member of the local council, Saleh bin Hamel, as well as nine other people whose identities are unknown.

Citizens complained their houses and shops got damaged by the heavy water sprayed by flood nozzles used by security forces.

Meanwhile, the Coordinating Authority of Political and Popular and Civil Society Forces denounced the new arrests which involved many citizens and the excessive use of force while dispersing a peaceful marching.

It also called upon all organizations interested in human rights inside and outside the country to intervene in an effort to stop the bloody scene in Al-Mukulla.

In an interview with Dialogue Forum, the chairman of the Sons of Yemen League Party, Abdurrahman Al-Jifr, pointed out that “we raised comprehensive solutions regarding thorough reforms. The pensioners issue could have been tackled right from the beginning. They gave people the chance to form assemblies, associations as well as to hold sit-ins. Now after the situation became enormous, we are forming solutions committees. We are in a tense situation and the future will be worse.”

Al-Jifri stressed the legitimacy of holding peaceful demonstration and sit-ins.

“Yemen is ruled by the ruling party followed by other powers. These powers are based on military, tribal and economic foundations. This is the Yemeni situation. We all know that. We say that the president administers everything. In fact, this decision is influenced by several powers and consultants. It sometimes comes out balanced and sometimes does not,” the source maintained.

In his opinion regarding the ongoing demonstrations taking place across the country, Al-Jifri commented: “Unfortunately this issue is more dangerous than you imagine. Some newspapers say that it is a bubble and will vanish. Some other people depict it as a disaster. It is a catastrophe if it is not settled sincerely. I do not mean a military settlement but something based on right and sound decisions followed by immediate implementation. If it is not resolved, the county will face real danger.”

Regarding the rumor that the demonstrations are aroused by external parties, Al-Jifri stated, “ I think we have to forget about this rumor. I do not exclude the involvement of outsider parties in the issue. It is because I don’t think it is not important whether there are external hands involved in the problem or not. Countries that have an interest in harming our country will do so. We do not blame them. We have to blame ourselves. We have to foil their plans and develop our country. Yemen is the most significant country in the region, without overstatement. It is the center of the region. The problem is that we do not know the importance of our country and its geographical location. We have missed chances. We have to take precautions because Yemen may separate into more than two parts. The situation is very dangerous.”

Moreover, six lawyers lodged a complaint to the prosecution of Al-Mukalla city and other concerned parties, demanding retribution for the murder of Sallah Sa’eed Al-Qahoom at the hand of military and security forces, during a peaceful demonstration on September 1.

Media sources said that the prosecution started taking proceedings. Furthermore, they have listened to information from eyewitnesses pertaining to the incident.

As to the situation in Al-Dhal’e, Joint Meeting Parties demanded the referrals of police personnel and Al-Dhal’e Security Chief to the judiciary over killing of two demonstrators and the iinjuring several others. Meanwhile, the parties have refuted government accusations that the demonstrators fired on the security forces.

Joint Meeting Parties spokesman, Mohammed Al-Sabri, stated that the state has no right to use the army and security personnel for settling political disputes or breaching the legitimacy of the existing political system built on democracy and pluralism.

Al-Sabri also denounced exploiting the official media for the cause of the ruling party, especially when it used to supporting the parties wrong policies and resolutions.

He added that continuing the wrong policies described by him as “outlawed” will raise the level of congestion among security and army affiliates. Moreover, Al-Sabri condemned mobilizing the official media against the people and renewed the call for correcting the existing dysfunctions of state’s public policy.

He concluded by saying that “the bullet will not build justice.”  – YT


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