Written By: Fares Anam
Article Date: Jun 25, 2012 - 8:02:59 PM
Houthis are trying to expand their ideology and their movement among people through the governorates of Yemen, especially the southern province of Taiz.
“They have established offices and lure people and adults with money to join them to the Houthi movement,” Abduhakim Abdo Anam, member of local council at al-Hujaria Qadas district that followed Taiz province, told exclusively to the Yemen Observer. Five months ago, Houthis decided to open offices through districts of Taiz to spread their thoughts and their political movement, but they faced rejection from the people of the districts.
“They found little respond from families who have roots close to al-Houthis like “al-Sadah” tribe,” said Anam.
“The ideology of al-Houthi movement is not acceptable for all people because they insult the prophet Mohammed (Peace Be Upon Him) and the Companions in their ideology, and this is what makes them heretics in the eyes of the people,” said Anam.
Khaled al-Qadhi, math teacher at al-Sabah School in al-Kadarah village, said that Houthis faced rejection when they came to the village.
“As we know, Houthis is trouble-maker movement and the six wars between them and the army indicate that they are seeking trouble,” he told the Yemen Observer. “They were very wrong when they started their sectarian propaganda, if they begin their outreach on a political basis, they may receive some response,” said al-Qadhi.
“As I heard, they managed to attact followers with money and influential positions.” Al-Qadhi noted that the revolution that forced the former President Ali Abdullah Saleh to leave power and the participation of al-Houthis through this political crisis ...... in the squares of Change and Freedom, encourage them to expand their ideology across Yemen.
Fawzi Othman, English teacher, said that Houthis established an office in al-Hauban Qadas district that has big market and a point that matched several districts with Taiz City.
“They received threats and rejection from all people, and as I heard, they left the city” he said. Houthis also trained the recruits in using weapons and they gave them trips to Sa’ada governorate, the stronghold of al-Houthis in Yemen, said Anam.
“They taught them how to use weapons in mountainous areas; they intend to do something bad. They try to recruit people, especially adults to participate in their wars” Anam added. Abdulaziz al-Sana’e, engineer in al-Kadarah Qadas village and member of al-Houthi movement in that village, denied that Houthis are luring people to join their movement through financial gain.
“They came to me and gave me some brochures and magazines that related to Houthi ideology and their political movement, and told me to distribute among the people of the village,” al-Sana’e told the Yemen Observer. “I really faced strong rejection from the people here due to the wrong perception that they have about al-Houthis movement,” he added.
“Houthis wanted to establish a political and religious entity, so they decided to spread their thoughts among people to attract them to join the movement like any other movement in the country.”
Feras al-Alimi, an electrical engineer living al-Alome district of Taiz province, said “I didn’t hear that Houthis are expanding in our villages to spread their ideology among people, but if this is true, we will stand together against them and oust them from our village,” he said. Amid strong rejection, Houthis continues to open offices in districts of Taiz and spread their ideology and political movement among people in order to join their movement that intends to form a political entity and make their voice heard.
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