A recent article written by Nick Cumming-Bruce discusses an accusation that the Yemen government has been breaking up peaceful protests using grossly excessive force that is estimated to be the cause of hundreds of deaths and thousands of injuries since the beginning of the year. The causes of these peaceful demonstrations are numerous and include issues ranging from a faltering economy, utility issues, and, most importantly, the continuing power struggles that are consuming the country. In fact, if the situation does not begin to rectify itself soon, there are fears that civil war may result. Indeed, the government has already lost control of some rather large portions of the country, so this is a very real threat.
In addition to the accusations of excessive violence in breaking up peaceful protests, there are allegations that the government of Yemen is trying to punish those responsible for the demonstrations and deter future demonstrations. These allegations allege that the government is purposefully cutting off electricity, water, and other utilities to select areas as punishment for this civil disobedience. If true, these allegations could provide a partial explanation for the utility issues that are a source of the riots to begin with. On the other hand, it could just be coincidence.
In response to these problems, the government of Yemen claims that it is doing everything that it can to rectify the problems. Nevertheless, the people of Yemen have little faith in the government and as such doubt that anything will be done. Considering the allegations that the government is cutting off utilities in response to these protests and that the government has lost control of sizeable parts of the country, this mindset is not surprising.
On the international perspective, the outside world is taking notice off this problem and international pressure seems to be building. The Office of the High Commission for Human Rights is calling for immediate action in order to prevent future killings in the hope that it will avert the chaos that many fear will lead to civil war. Moreover, a delegation sent by the office had done studies in three major cities that confirm that the large amount of peaceful protest that are occurring throughout the country. As such, it is apparent that the problem is a real one that is not going to solve itself without serious international intervention.
*Source is a New York Times Article by Nick Cumming-Bruce called U.N. Accuses Yemen of Using Deadly Force in Protests