Written By: Elena White
Article Date: Jun 13, 2012 - 6:15:16 PM
The Peaceful Revolution Rescue Front – part of Yemen independent youth movement – recently accused al-Islah of further meddling within the revolutionary process by preventing protesters from exercising their right to demonstrate or settle camp in “Change Square”.
Such accusations have become somewhat of an underlying theme when it comes to al-Islah relationship with the youth, as many accused the Islamic faction of having manipulated Yemen youth to pursue its own political agenda which included the ouster of President Ali Abdullah Saleh rather than an inherent belief in democratic values.
The Front which is chaired by independent MP Ahmed Saif Hashed argued that al-Islah had pushed for a quick removal of the protesters’ tents now that its purpose had been achieved, wanting to quiet Yemen’s independent youth
. A protestor told the Yemen Observer “al-Islah has always been manipulating the entire revolutionary process.
It is its leaders who morphed a movement calling for reform into a violent uprising which almost tore apart the country. Now that they have sidelined their enemies they expect us – the youth- to go away … it will not happen.”
As statement issued by the Peaceful Revolutionary Front denounced all attempts to target revolutionary squares, blaming al-Islah for the move and warning that all efforts would be met with fierce resolve.
“We will not leave the squares,” shouted defiantly Ali a 25 year-old English teacher in Sana’a. “we will organize a counter-revolution like in Egypt if we have to but no longer will the youth of this country be treated with contempt by its leaders.”
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