Some members of the army and police who support the Yemen revolution march to the Ministry of Defence in the capital Sanaa. The army and police splintered in March 2011 roughly down the middle, vowing to protect demonstrators demanding reform who were being massacred by the other half of the security apparatus loyal to the now ousted president. The ordered splintering of the army in half inside the capital Sanaa was a key feature leading to the ousting of the president, a feature not seen in any other revolution during the Arab Spring. Unlike Syria, these were not chaotic defections. Nor were they a call to bear arms and plant IEDs, or conduct suicide missions against the government. It was a strictly passive and peaceful movement, but did resort to self defence when needed, leading to clashes as the president became extreme in his attempt to stop the uprising which they were defending. As a result, the revolutionary army is highly regarded inside Yemen, unlike Syria where the result of their aggressive actions has been death and destruction on a wide scale. Had they not protected the uprising in Yemen, it is widely accepted that the revolution would have been crushed as in Bahrain.
Many in the army have been sidelined by continuing corruption, with officials of the old regime still in place and refusing them their wages. Many of those who still take to the streets today have not been paid wages for many months, or have been forced out of their jobs by loyalist officials, or suffered imprisonment and torture without finding any justice, or had relatives murdered.
In: Other Middle East
Tags: Yemen, soldiers, police, protest, demonstration, Ministry of Defence, wages, pay, salary, unpaid, redundancy, expulsion, revolution, uprising, Ali Abdullah Saleh, First Armoured Division, Republican Guards, Central Security, corruption, theft of their wag
Location: Yemen (load item map)
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