Sana’a (GPA) – Millions of Yemenis from across the war-torn country filled the streets of the capital city of Sana’a today celebrating the third anniversary of the September 21st Revolution.
Men, women, and children expressed their support for independence from foreign powers and national liberation. They reiterated the need for a cohesive domestic front to face the Saudi-led aggression and U.S.-supported foreign occupation of Yemen.
On September 21st, 2014, Ansarullah (aka the Houthis) stormed the capital eventually forcing the Saudi-puppet government of Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi to resign. Shortly after, Ansarullah and their allies formed a revolutionary government which seized control of key government buildings throughout the capital.
Saudi Arabia began their devastating air campaign in March of 2015 which continues to this day with disastrous effects. Tens of thousands have lost their lives from air strikes alone. Tens of thousands more have died as a result of the ongoing siege which restricts food, medicine, and other crucial imports.
In just the past 24 hours, the Saudi coalition carried out dozens of airstrikes throughout the country claiming the lives of many civilians. This has been a daily occurrence for Yemenis for two and a half years.
The September 21st Revolution’s goal is to remove foreign influence from Yemen– particularly from Saudi Arabia, the United States, and the United Arab Emirates. The U.A.E. currently occupies most of southern Yemen along with the island of Socotra. The United States has also jumped at the chance to occupy Yemen with troops, effectively transforming the country into a military base.
Mr. Abdul-Malik Badreddin al-Houthi, leader of the Ansarullah movement, spoke on the eve of the revolution’s anniversary. He explained that the September 21st Revolution is an authentic movement by, of, and for the Yemeni people. Mr. al-Houthi reiterated the steadfastness of the Yemeni people in the face of foreign aggression.
He also condemned the U.S. involvement throughout the region as the root cause of sectarian violence. Al-Houthi commented on the recent Kurdish independence referendum as a foreign plot to further divide the region and cause unnecessary infighting to Washington’s and Israel’s advantage.
President of the Supreme Political Council, Saleh Ali al-Sammad, commented on the achievements of the September 21st Revolution including their successful fight against al-Qaeda and the ongoing fight against Saudi-backed mercenaries.
He called on the United Nations to recognize the Sana’a government as an independent governing body, emphasizing that the so-called internationally recognized Hadi government is not legitimate. President al-Sammad also said that Saudi Arabia has driven itself into a state of instability due to their failed policies in Yemen.
Yemen’s revolutionary government in Sana’a has seen many successes despite the ongoing military aggression and blockade from the Saudi coalition. They have effectively eliminated all traces of al-Qaeda and other reactionary groups throughout territory under their control.
Yemen’s resistance has also successfully eliminated corruption and foreign influence throughout the government sector as well as increased Yemeni national unity.
However, their military advancement is probably the most impressive improvement. Since the Saudi coalition began their war against Yemen, Sana’a’s military has manufactured long-range rockets, drones, and cutting-edge rifles.
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