Political Analysis

“Popular Uprising” Started in Hodeida

It was lately announced in Hodeida on Yemen’s Red Sea Coast the establishment of “national committees for uprising and peaceful revolution against corruption and tyranny in Yemen.”
Local sources mentioned that a youth meeting took place Sunday morning in Hodeida city with the participation of several hundreds young male and female university students, activists, lawyers and journalist throughout Hodeida governorate.
The meeting concluded with the establishment of the committees which will take part in gathering people and mobilizing them beginning from 3 February toward a peaceful popular uprising.
It was also stated in the establishment’s statement that these committees aim at continuing the peaceful revolution until citizens get their rights to live in dignity far away from “what the current ruling regime imposed in the way of starvation and impoverishment.”
The statement also called all young people of Yemen to move forward through a radical change of all the pillars of the regime, and to “take into consideration prosecuting those who are preparing to escape after looting the wealth and property of the nation and the confiscation of the people’s rights and freedoms for the past thirty years at least.”
The committee also praised the revolution in Tunisia and Egypt and all the efforts in Yemen during the few past weeks. It also warned the authorities against any violent acts as a reaction against the people movements, as “the freedom of speech is guaranteed by law, about which their can be no compromise.”
It also called all human rights organizations and media outless, both local and regional, to follow-up these uprisings and the authorities’ reactions, which they suggested, based on previous experience, might be repressive.
A further warning was made against any acts of sabotage by members of the police or the army leveled against citizens’ engaged in peaceful revolution.
Despite the recent nature of the founding of the People’s Committees, it quickly spread in a number of villages and districts of Hodeida Governorate as well as even among the local al-Zaraniq tribe, whose members interact in social networks like Facebook.
Many teams emerged from these committees to protect the public and private properties from acts of harrassment, robbery, or looting which they suggested might be carried out by some ruling party supporters opposing their activity.