Mass Hadhramaut protests tear down Saudi coalition leaders’ pictures, call for end of invasion
SANA’A – Mass protests in the south-eastern Yemeni province of Hadhramaut have continued to swell over the past days. Protesters are demanding the overthrow of the Saudi-backed regime of Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi, and the immediate withdrawal of the Saudi-led invading forces from Yemen.
Angry groups of Hadhrami protesters tore down and ripped up pictures of the leaders of Saudi coalition member states that have been raised in the past years by the invaders as part of a propaganda campaign. Others hung huge protest banners over signs and posters bearing the faces of the invading coalition’s leaders.
The mass protests, that have been taking place all over the Saudi-occupied south and east of Yemen, were sparked by a dramatic downfall of value of the Yemeni riyal, continuing economic crisis and the soaring prices of necessary commodities, all resulting from the Saudi-led invasion and war that has been plaguing Yemen for over three years.
But from the very beginning, political slogans targeting the invasion and occupation itself were also heard. In Mukalla, the provincial capital of Hadhramaut, thousands of demonstrators chanted slogans against the invaders and the Hadi puppet regime. Three of them were wounded when mercenary forces opened fire on the crowd.
The people of the occupied South and East of Yemen have been suffering for years under the yoke of Saudi occupation, which has brought rampant poverty, food shortages and continuous infighting between different armed militias and terrorist groups to Yemen.