Officials say security forces from the internationally recognized Yemeni government violently dispersed thousands of protesters denouncing deteriorating economic conditions in a southwestern province, injuring at least seven people
SANAA, Yemen – Security forces of the internationally recognized Yemeni government violently dispersed thousands of protesters on Monday denouncing deteriorating economic conditions in a southwestern province, injuring at least seven people, officials said.
Protesters roamed the city streets and burned ties before security forces dispersed them by firing in the air. They also beat the fleeing protesters with batons, they said.
Officials spoke on condition of anonymity as they were not authorized to brief the media.
“We are sending a message to the government and parliamentarians: stop playing with people’s pain and work for Ta’izz,” protester Anwar Mohammed said.
Taiz is held by the government of President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi, but has remained under siege for years by the country’s Houthi rebels.
Monday’s protests came about two weeks after similar protests in parts of southern Yemen, including the port city of Aden, which serves as the interim capital for the Hadi government.
The rial lost 36% of its value in July, according to the United Nations humanitarian agency. One US dollar trades for over 1,000 rials on the black market.
A Saudi-led coalition went to war in March 2015, backed by the United States, in an attempt to bring Hadi back to power, and gave support to his government backed by the international community. Despite a relentless air campaign and fighting on the ground, the war has largely deteriorated to a stalemate and created the world’s worst humanitarian crisis.
Tens of thousands of Yemenis live in conditions bordering on famine. More than 20.1 million of the country’s roughly 30 million people in need of some form of humanitarian assistance, UN says