Yemenis Hold Massive Rally in Protest at US-backed Saudi Blockade, Persisting Economic Hardships
By Staff, Agencies
Yemenis held on Sunday a massive rally in the capital Sanaa to protest against the US-backed Saudi blockade which resulted in economic hardships of which is the rising rate of customs tariffs.
The protesters held the US responsible for the economic war waged against Yemen through its full support for the Saudi-led military coalition that has been ceaselessly bombarding the impoverished Arab country since 2015 and imposing a blockade for the past several years.
In a statement addressing the protesters, Chairman of the Supreme Revolutionary Committee of Yemen, Mohammed Ali al-Houthi stressed that the US is constantly trying to depreciate Yemen's rial against the American dollar.
Syrians, Palestinians and the Lebanese began suffering when the US stepped on their respected countries, al-Houthi said, adding that the Yemenis were now suffering because of the US aggression against Yemen through Saudi Arabia and its allies.
"We are under siege, but we are accused of having a role in the siege in an attempt to distort the facts. We do not need help from the aggressor countries. If the aggressors return the revenues of the Yemeni ports, oil, and gas, then, we will be able to pay the salaries of our employees. It is the US that has put a blockade against our country and killed our people."
"Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates [UAE] are nothing more than tools for implementing US schemes and agendas," al-Houthi added.
Additionally, a statement was read at the end of the rally saying that the US-supported Saudi-led military coalition "is constantly targeting and damaging Yemen’s economy and Yemenis’ business activities."
It also stressed that such measures have a crushing impact on the humanitarian situation in the country.
"We condemn the continuation of the sanctions, the prevention of the entry of ships carrying oil derivatives, and the escalation of economic aggression by the aggressor countries, which is aimed at intensifying the suffering of the Yemeni people," the statement read.
"The United States is responsible for attacking and besieging the Yemeni people, and we consider the increase in the customs tariff rate to be an American decision made by its mercenaries," it stressed.