Angry protests around the Yemeni government palace in Aden


Tue, 16-03-2021 12:46 AM, Aden Time

Aden (south24)

Hundreds of peaceful protesters demonstrated, on Tuesday, in front of the Yemeni government headquarters in Aden, the capital of South Yemen, to demand better services and payment of salaries.

Sources who participated in the event told "South 24", that hundreds of protesters who raised slogans calling for improvement in their living conditions, marched towards the government headquarters in the city of Crater (Qasr al-Maasheq).

Local activists said that security forces accompanied the protesters, to ensure that the demonstration did not deviate from its course. They added that the protesters passed three checkpoints until they reached the main gate of the palace.

The Supreme Security Council and Southern Army, an organization representing the demands of retired military personnel in South Yemen, had called for a "anger" demonstration against the continued ignorance of their demands.

Local sources denied the authenticity of the news, which talked about the escape of government members from the palace and the demonstrators storming the minister's residence.

Activists circulated videos, showing protesters approaching the last main gates of the palace, where the government resides.

Activists said that forces from guarding the palace fired shots in the air, in an attempt to scare the protesters.

At 12 noon on Tuesday, the protesters left the scene and went back.

Local news sites reported that security officials promised to adopt the protesters' demands and deliver them to the official authorities.

On Monday, at least six civilians were injured, during a peaceful demonstration denouncing the deterioration of services, by the bullets of security forces of the Yemeni government in the  Sayun in Wadi Hadramout, which is under the control of the Muslim Brotherhood and the First Military District.

In Aden, protesters chanted angry slogans against the government and the Saudi-led coalition.

The new government, which was formed from the Riyadh Agreement signed between the Southern Transitional Council (STC) and the Hadi government, arrived in Aden at the end of last December. Prime Minister Maeen Abdulmalik promised to work to improve services and the conditions of citizens's live.

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