Thousands of Houthis stage anti-government protest in Yemen

Published September 6th, 2014 - 07:28 GMT

Tens of thousands of Houthi protesters have taken to the streets of the Yemeni capital Sana’a despite threats by the government and the United Nations to stop the campaign, Press TV reports.

On Friday, the Yemenis held another mass demonstration in which they called for the government to step down.

The protesters rejected an initiative by the government of Yemeni President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi.

Hadi’s government has offered to reverse the decision to cut fuel subsidies and form a new government in the Arab country, but Houthis insist that the government should resign.

“We consider the initiative as an insidious plot against the people’s revolution and an attempt to trick the revolutionaries,” said Abbas Sharaf al-Deen, a member of revolution’s organizing committee, calling the plan a “mockery.”

“Cutting fuel prices by only 500 Yemeni Rials is simply not enough,” he added.

Last Friday, the UN Security Council said the Houthi movement must end protests against the government, accusing the protesters of attempting “to obstruct the political transition" in the Arab country.

Since August 20, Houthi activists have been holding daily rallies in Sana’a with tens of thousands taking part.

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

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

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


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