Political Analysis

Security Committee Re-ban Motorcycles Movement in Sana’a Until the End of February

National Yemen

Motorcycles protest in Mukalla

By Wafa Alkhazzan

Recently, many assassinations in parts of Yemen, especially in Sana’a have been done by offenders who ride motorcycle, so in return Yemeni authorities have decided, as of this past December to prevent the use of motorcycles in the capital, Sana’a, to avoid perpetrators whom use this tool as a way to attack and facilitate their escape.

The Interior Ministry said in a statement that they will prevent the use of motorcycles in Sana’a, effective from Sunday through December 15, pursuant to the decision of the Supreme Committee for security aims to “establish security and stability”.

The Interior minister enforced motorcycle drivers in the capital that it is not allowed to drive motorcycles, although the streets in Sana’a was teeming with motorcycles that are used in the transfer of citizens in exchange for a fee, but also in the implementation of the attacks whereby perpetrators can escape quickly in the traffic jam. According to reports from Yemen today that citizens mostly approved the decision. Although the crime rate was reduced significantly in the capital Sana’a, particularly in relation to the theft of personal bags and mobile phones, where motorcycles are used for this purpose are extremely large.

But this decision in Sana’a, prevents thousands of people from their source of income, and caused them and their families living in suffering. The protest against the decision carried out dozens of owners of motorcycles and a series of protests in the streets of the capital.

Although the crime rate was reduced significantly in the capital Sana’a, particularly in relation to the theft of personal bags and mobile phones, where motorcycles are used for this purpose are extremely large. Motorcycle drivers had a demonstration in the streets of the capital Sana’a, to protest against the decision, arguing the decision prejudice against them and deprive them of earning a living for their families.

An official source told the committee the supreme security that, due to the continuation of the exploitation of motorcycles by subversive elements and terrorist to carry out its criminal and cowardly and that target many innocent whether the heroes of the armed forces, security, personalities, national cadres, citizens, guests or visitors to our country to adopt the following:

Continue to prevent the movement of motorbikes in the capital starting from February 1st until February 28th, 2014

According to the Yemeni Interior Ministry, the number of motorcycles reached until 2012 more than 250 thousand bikes. Other sources are considered, the figure is now much larger, in the Hodeida province alone there are 125 thousand bikes as quoted by the newspaper ‘ Almasdr ‘ for traffic management in the province, and some as much as the number of motorcycles in Sana’a 50K bike.

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