Protesters Defy Pro-Houthi Security Forces in Ibb

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Ibb Province, Yemen
April 8, 2015

Scores of anti-Houthi protesters rallied in various cities of the central Yemeni province of Ibb in support of the Saudi-led operation Decisive Storm, despite the heavy presence of pro-Houthi security province. Video shows demonstrations in various locations and interviews with two protesters who voice their defiance of the Houthis.
Banners signed by the anti-Houthi Refusal Movement carried the inscription: “Ibb is not a prison. Freedom for the kidnapped.” Other banners that surfaced in one of the demonstrations featured the portraits of several people along with the inscription: “Freedom for the kidnapped by the head of security and Houthi militias.”
Other protestors also chanted: “We shall sacrifice our souls and blood for you, Aden,” while carrying banners that read: “Aden is the city of peace; do not kill it.”

SOUNDBITE (Arabic, Man) Unnamed anti-Houthi Protester

“Political activists have not been able to do anything. We will stand against them, even if they bomb us with chemical weapons. We will resist both Ali Abdulllah Saleh and the infidel Houthis.”

SOUNDBITE (Arabic, Man) Unnamed anti-Houthi Protester

“Interviewer: What is your message to those who have been kidnapped by the Houthis? “Protester: Our message is that they [Houthis] will not be able to do anything. They [the kidnapped] shall be freed. You are heroes.”