Yemen: Al Houthi arrival pushes southerners towards secession

Gulf News, November 1, 2014

Yemen: Al Houthi arrival pushes southerners towards secession

Aden: In central Aden’s densely packed Al Arood Square, stood Saleh Al Huribi, under the burning sun amid tens of thousands of protesters who gathered to demand separation from the north.

“No chance, with the Al Houthis, I want to separate,” said the management student, holding the flag of the former Independent South Yemen.

“After the unification in 1990 it was good, but 1994 onwards, the education, working rights, and freedom in the south, it all went downhill,” referring to the decline in the south’s power and influence, after southern armed forces lost the civil war in 1994 against the north.

Al Huribi’s anguish and frustration resonated in the voices of thousands of men, women and children who chanted “Revolution, Revolution South.”

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