Written By: Mohammed Ali Kalfood
Article Date: Aug 8, 2012 - 2:47:02 PM
Attacking the Ministry of Interior last week have sparked, since then, several reactions of Yemeni writers and journalists on most local news, newspapers as well as social platforms. Opinions were mainly divided into two camps. On the one side we see opinion articles stating that the former regime of President Ali Abdullah Saleh is behind the attack on the interior ministry as a matter of impeding the GCC-brokered transitional process represented by the conciliation government in the country. On the other side opinion articles came to pass criticism on the conciliation government, stating that the statespersons (especially current President, Prime Minister and the Interior Minister himself) are powerless, hopeless and having a fragile sovereignty in running the political process. Following are translated briefs of 10 opinion articles of local writers and journalists, which have been aggregated from different local news sites and newspapers.
Storming the Interior Ministry and obstruction in the open
By Mustafa Rajeh
Storming the Interior Ministry brought us back to the pre-signing of the settlement [GGC deal]. The incident was not a spur-of-the-moment action, of course; we will see similar incidents as long as the former president handed over power on the surface, and returned to lead the battle of recovering power gradually under the surface as a matter of waiting for a moment of big back after ending his reprisal stage form the people and the revolution ... The incident of the Interior Ministry in addition to the case of relaxation in the course of restructuring of the military units and the State restoration so that all institutions shall be under the management of the new state as stipulated in the settlement, this situation requires that all Yemenis in current power as well as the millions that came out to demand change, shall have a serious and quick stand before we get to the point where there is no room to save the settlement and the change that depends on its success.
Implications of robbing the Interior Minister’s chair
By Wafi al-Mudhari
“.. In the first reading of what happened we can see that the incident was plotted behind somebody’s back, and was not a spontaneous protest as alleged by some people, because storming and occupying the interior ministry in this way has several implications including removing the state’s prestige and delivering a message to society that... The interior ministry which the Yemenis are expecting it to protect them, has been looted and minister chair was stolen. I wished he was there; for he did not comprehend our calls that he was powerless since he was installed; he had to meet the people out and say I am powerless, but he kept silent and relied on President Hadi take his powers from Yahya Saleh; that was the result of his ministry which became a wreck.....
The ousted [President] had successfully stormed the Interior Ministry and said to them all I exist and I’m still having a real control, and I may arrest the Prime Minister or the [current] President of Yemen’s Republic at any time; their ministries will not do anything; The Defense Ministry’s heart is still with my forty-year-old son whom I congratulated in few days ago for his birthday! Breaking into the interior ministry is but a gift to Saleh’s son at his birthday.
The key of the interior ministry is also still with Central Security Commander Yahya- Saleh’s narcissistic nephew; you have seen how Yahya was protecting the thugs who were looting the ministry, though he is supposed to receive orders from the ministry and protect it. Yes, it is not an easy thing! The victory of the government army over al Qaeda in Abyan could restore somewhat the people’s trust in the army; but the occupation of the interior ministry in that way made the people lose all trust in the Ministry of Interior, the minister and in the government itself. What is it that the ousted president and his planners wanted to get from this attack? What are President Hadi, PM Basendwah and Interior Minister Qahtan going to do in order to restore the prestige of the state and the Ministry of the Interior? I hope nothing less than sacking Saleh’s nephew Commander of the Central Security and Saleh’s son Commander of the Republican Guard as well as all those who were involved in that attack!”
By Ahmed Othman
«The attack on the Interior Ministry had been expected after that tighten the noose around the deposed president especially when burnt all his cards one after the other? .. The cards of al-Qaeda, road blocking, civil war and lawlessness, and finally the destruction of electricity and oil pipelines ... This was a form of coup against the GGC deal and the Security Council and the coup exposed the constitutional legitimacy and a rebellion against the president-elect, who are to issue decisions with the people›s support to confront the rebellion in the field, not behind the scene or by agency.»
Yemen›s Gaza Strip
By Ahmed Ghurab
“The country has become more like the Gaza Strip being in a situation of endless conflict and a battle between the forces for seizing the power, while the advocates of the transition project are helpless and powerless. Whatever are the reasons and justifications for the attack on the Interior Ministry, the matter has made an offensive shock to all segments of the society, and raised embarrassing questions, including: Who is the protector of the civil project in Yemen, if any, at all? And first, how can we be protected while the protector cannot protect himself? If the attack was plotted behind somebody’s back, it means that there will be attacks on the other ministries. The continuation of such incidents that affect the prestige of the government will crash the remaining of our trust in the so-called transition project...... It is not unlikely if the situation continues as it is that the President finds himself compelled to think seriously of forming a new government.
State of security chaos became more like an extended series from Sana’a, Taiz to Abyan and Aden. However, its continuity in this way does reveal the hands that play under cover than those that play in public.”
Storming the Ministry of Interior
By Dr. Aqeel al-Maqtari “
Of the most specific and dangerous developments in thwarting the process of political settlement, is the storming of the Interior Ministry, which is the most important issue in regard to keeping Yemen’s security and stability…The incident of storming the Interior Ministry is a clear message to President Hadi and the Government of Reconciliation that Yemen’s state will militarily fall over and who will stand by our side from the inside and the outside? Are Hadi and the government going to understand the message or they will stand idly. The Revolutionary Youths must believe that their revolution is about to be stolen, if not already! If not this nor that, then the counter-revolution has already started! will the revolutionary youths re-arrange their cards? Will they revive their revolution, including “the Institutions Revolution”. there is a clear indication that some political parties exist inside and outside the whole thing, and that makes them persist and steep into their delusion. There is weakness in dealing with many of the issues, including the armed groups and spy networks in the country….”
Restoring the Interior Ministry’s honor
By Dr. Abdulmalek al-Adhruea
“The attack on the Ministry of the Interior is one of the most critical challenges facing the Government of the National Reconciliation; It is unfortunate that the government’s condemning response was below the level of the incident itself. Moreover, this interim government proved that it is a stage for the return of the forces of power and corruption to the forefront of the security and political scene and that the story of reconciliation in its current form has become the umbrella to the forces of violence and extremism. The rehabilitation of the Ministry of Interior of Yemen should keep away from the sticking to the political feuds and endorsing the incident in favor of this side or that. What happened in short is a storming of a sovereign ministry which is responsible for the security of the homeland. That incident is not a political act but a criminal offense requiring entire state’s security and judicial bodies to investigate and uncover the perpetrators to the public, through public trials in order to restore honor to the ministry of interior....”
Who is behind the attack on the Interior Ministry ?
By Saleh al-Sindi
“Indeed, all parties and centers of power are the primary cause of this security farce, without exception: whether political or security, strong camps of influence as well as the influence of the power of decision and arms altogether. A serious work like this will only be only done by those who have military power, money and authority. There is a play being acted behind the scene where the sheikhs and the leaders of the security and military forces are the heroes. Everyone of them is practicing his favorite hobby of violence, blood-shedding and disturbing the public stability, and ultimately the innocent members of our armed and security forces will pay the price..!”
Storming the Interior Ministry: the return of a strong counter-revolution
By Abdurrahman al-Bukhaiti
“The manner and method, by which the Interior Ministry was stormed and controlled by the military elements who are supposed to protect the ministry, is a unique of its kind, except in the case of military coups to control the government! Was the attack on the ministry an internal rebellion or an uprising against corruption and the corruptors as it was stated by the Minister of the Interior? Or is it balloon test and rehearsal process for the realization of similar attacks to come? .... Similar incidents to the attack on the ministry were paving the way toward the conflict between the forces of revolution and the counter-revolution ones. When the counter-revolutionary power centers felt declining in strength and got shrinkage in their supporters, especially of the thugs and vandals, all of that made the Ministry of Interior a target of process quality to restore confidence to the supporters of the forces of anti-revolution on the one hand, and to attract the attention of the people inside and outside on the weakness of the government and its members as a matter of sending a clear message that we are still decision-makers, and the difficult figure in the equation of the political and military power in Yemen ..”
Capital and Court of Louis XVI
By Mohammed Yahya al-Sabri
“.. The capital, of which some parts are governed by the President, his statespersons, the elites, the media and embassies, are today in a state of misery and darkness like the court of Louis XVI after the French Revolution. However, the king of France had intended during the twenty-five year period of his rule to evacuate the French provinces from all the men and influential merchants and intellectuals and built for them a court to live in Paris under his eyes. Louis XVI showered them with all pleasures and delights turning them human beasts.... The capital Sana’a, we can assumingly say, is a problem in a matter of the current revolutionary transformation and will remain for so for quite some time. However, building a new state that meet the demands of the revolution in the capital looted by the family entourage of the former regime is more problematic for the more optimistic people. We do not say this now on the occasion of what happened to the Interior Ministry and; we said what would happen in August last year 2011 in the discussions and preparation documents for the announcement of the National Council of the Forces of Revolution....We say it all over again today, a year later, that a new state will not be built in accordance with the demands of the revolution and the Yemenis across the country’s provinces ...”soldiers, as alleged and promoted by some media of the deposed president. But these despicable acts of military leaders and others are behind the whole thing whose souls have been sold to the Great Satan (the Leader) who is trying in various ways to impede the national dialogue process between the parties to the political parties in accordance with the demands of the revolution and the Yemenis across the country’s provinces ...”
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