SANA’A – Representatives of the Southern Movement, a separatist organisation striving to the independence of South Yemen, who participated in the National Dialogue Conference in 2013-2014 and the signing of the Peace and Partnership Agreement, have issued an official call to all honourable people in the South to confront and expel the Saudi-led occupation forces from Yemen.
The statement was made during a press conference by the Southern Movement that was held in the Yemeni capital of Sana’a on Thursday. In it, the representatives are holding the Saudi-led coalition responsible for the deterioration of living conditions and the economic crisis in the occupied south and east of Yemen.
The Southern Movement furthermore urged the people of the South to increase their participation of anti-occupation protests, and called on the United Nations to increase its cooperation with national forces in Yemen, including the South Yemeni separatist movement, in future peace negotiations.
The statement also condemned the war crimes and crimes against humanity committed by the Saudi-led invasion forces against the people of Yemen, and emphasized that even the areas in the east and south of Yemen that are not on the frontlines are suffering tremendously under the Saudi-UAE occupation.
The Southern Movement now appeals to the United Nations and the international community to respect international laws and criminalize the actions of the Saudi coalition that are in flagrant violation of the sovereignty of the Republic of the Republic of Yemen.
The Southern Movement, also known as al-Hirak, has been politically active since 2007. Since the March 2015 Saudi invasion, however, the organisation has fractured between those who defend Yemen against the foreign aggressors, and those who collaborate with the invaders. The United Arab Emirates in particular have made extensive use of South Yemeni mercenaries for their battles against the Armed Forces and Popular Committees loyal to the National Salvation Government.
Due to the continued Saudi occupation of Yemeni territory and its crimes against civilians in southern Yemen however, a growing part of the separatist movement has turned against the Saudi and UAE occupation forces.
The last months have seen mass protests taking place all over Saudi-occupied Yemen, often organised by Southern separatists calling for the withdrawal of all Saudi-led forces and the overthrow of the Hadi regime.
The fact that al-Hirak representatives have taken part in a conference in Sana’a, the seat of the National Salvation Government, may point to a rapprochement between both against the invaders.