Houthis hold fresh anti-government demo in Sana’a

376893_Yemen-DemoSupporters of Yemen’s Shia Houthi movement have held a massive protest rally in the capital, Sana’a, calling on the country’s transitional government to relinquish power.

Tens of thousands of Houthis and their supporters defied an earlier warning by the government to disperse and took to the streets in Sana’a on Thursday, calling on the transitional administration to quit power.

The outraged participants accused the government of corruption and marginalizing the country’s Shia Muslim community.

The protesters also threatened that they would intensify their pressure should Sana’a refuses to meet their demands, chanting, “We will not back away. Our people will step up the pressure.”
The demonstrators also held a sit-in near the country’s main airport amid the latest wave of anti-government protests.

The large gathering was held a day after Yemeni President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi warned Houthi anti-government protesters, saying that the United States and its allies oppose the group’s show of force.

In a similar event on Wednesday, hundreds of thousands flooded the streets, demanding the downfall of the government after Houthi leader Abd al-Malik al-Houthi for more anti-government protests.

Houthis have been holding demonstrations since August 20 when they strengthened their positions in the Yemeni capital in an effort to press the government to quit.

The Shia movement and its supporters are demanding the resignation of the government and the reversal of recent increases in fuel prices.

The Houthi movement played a key role in the popular revolution that forced former dictator Ali Abdullah Saleh to step down.

Saleh, who ruled Yemen for more than three decades, resigned in early 2012 under a US-backed power transfer deal in return for immunity, after a year of mass street demonstrations demanding his ouster.

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