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Journalists and activists launch a campaign to support army men

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Yemeni soliders on a military vehical

By NY staff

On the 5th of April, a group of journalists and activists met at the headquarters of the journalists’ syndicate. They announced the launch of a campaign to support the army, and security institutions, against terrorist attacks.

Former Journalists Syndicate head Abdul Bari Taher demanded a complete of the restructuring of the army according to the Gulf Initiative, and correct errors that accompanied the process of restructuring over the past period.

He also reviewed the Yemeni army’s losses in the north and south since the September and October Revolutions, especially from the divisions and wars which led to its weakened capabilities, and also killed hundreds of security and military personnel.

Secretary-General Marwan Dammaj said that the Yemeni army has fought in battles of nationalist aspiration, regardless of the leaders’ purposes. For instance, Saada’s wars had a nationalist goal in mind. Dammaj explained that security forces and the military have made many mistakes because they are followers of military leaders rather than national institutions in their own right.

Dammaj warned of a plot against the Yemeni army, criticized recruitment procedures, and warned against arming the military with light and medium weapons. The speakers also criticized the military’s and security authorities’ failure in protecting soldiers, calling for effective measures to limit attacks and prevent casualties.

They also criticized media outlets for how they have covered the wave of terrorism, and went on to express a hope that security forces will not be affected by a new wave of division and sectarianism.

At  the first meeting of campaign officials, it was determined that the group should speak with military and security authorities at all levels in order to persuade them to carry out their responsibilities, and to implement media campaigns about terrorism’s dangers. They also agreed to hold weekly meetings to follow up with the implementation of their program.