SHAFAQNA – Hundreds of thousands of Yemenis poured into the streets of the capital, Sana’a, to mark the third anniversary of the country’s September 21 Revolution and condemn the bloody Saudi war against the nation.
Large crowds from across the country have been flocking to Sana’a since Thursday morning to celebrate the occasion.
A convoy of UAE military forces captured by Yemeni forces during their operations was also displayed at the rally. The military equipment was being used by Saudi-led troops and pro-Riyadh militia fighting on the ground against the Yemeni army, which is backed by the Houthi Ansarullah fighters and popular groups.
On the ground, security forces were on high alert, searching vehicles rigorously as they entered the capital and approached the square.
A massive stage hosted a string of speeches, punctuated by an all-men’s choir, dressed in traditional Yemeni clothes, belting out military anthems.
“From this blessed square we will liberate all of Yemen,” the head of the revolutionary government, Abdel Aziz bin Habtoor, told the crowds.
“We will not compromise on the liberation of our lands,” he said.
He accused Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates of “direct occupation” of Yemen’s southern and some of its eastern regions.
In September 2014, the Ansarullah fighters took state matters in their hands in Sana’a amid the absence of an efficient government there.
In a speech aired on al-Masirah TV on Wednesday on the anniversary of the revolution, leader of the Ansarullah movement Sayyed Abdul-Malik al-Houthi slammed the Saudi-led war against the country.
He praised the existing diversity in Yemen’s social fabric and warned that the enemy, including the US, “Israel” and the Saudi-led coalition, seeks to use such differences to create divisions in the country and disintegrate Yemen.