Assassination Attempt in Yemen Ignites Youth Protesters

An assassination attempt on Yassin Saeed Noman, the secretary-general of Yemen’s Socialist Party, provoked Yemeni youths to protest. Political activists said it was an attempt to sabotage the success of the transitional period, although condemnation of the act came from all quarters. Adnan al-Rajihi reports.

al-monitor Yassin Saeed Noman listens as he participates in a news conference with other political leaders in Sanaa, May 3, 2010.  Photo by REUTERS/Khaled Abdullah.

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Aug 30, 2012

Yemen is experiencing new escalation as youth protest in several squares against the attempt to assassinate a leader of a major Yemeni political party, Yassin Saeed Noman, secretary-general of Yemen’s Socialist Party and an adviser to Yemeni President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi.

Political activists said the operation against Noman in Yemen is an attempt to sabotage the success of the transitional period, although all political parties and organizations, politicians, tribal and military figures condemned the incident.

Youth have been gathered in the squares from the moment they heard about the incident and are still there now, denouncing the attempt against Noman and calling it a liquidation of national figures.

Hundreds of youth, especially youth members of the Socialist Party and independents, marched through the streets of the capital Sanaa, warning political leaders of the Joint Meeting Parties about the potential for a series of assassinations carried out against these leaders.

Youth protesters in Sanaa and a number of other cities demanded that authorities reveal details of the assassination attempt and arrest and hold accountable the perpetrators and those who support them.

The youth continued with their protest marches, demanding that security forces arrest those involved in the assassination, deploy patrols in the streets of Sanaa and all cities of Yemen to maintain security and prevent civilians from carrying arms and setting up checkpoints while posing as security officials, which they use to attack prominent leaders.

Southern coalitions strongly condemned the assassination attempt, and promised to react in an unexpected way if the secretary-general of the Socialist Party is assassinated, and threatened any party involved in such acts.

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