South Arabian people demand of getting their country back
Abdulqader Baras – Aden
Hundred thousands of South Arabian people renewed their demands of separation from the Republic of Yemen today on May, 21, 2013 in Freedom Square in Khoor Maksar, aden South of Yemen. A day, as what South Arabian call it the commemoration to declare the Republic of South Arabia “breaking unity” on May, 21, 1994 when the previous Yemeni vice president "Ali Salem Albeedh" declared mission of proclamation of the state of South Arabia “the democratic republic of Yemen” ” in response to the war waged by the Northern Yemeni government against South Arabia after long conflicts and crisis both parties witnessed during transition period over four years of declaring unity. During demonstration, many Southern rose up the flags of South Arabia and photos of martyrs who have been shot by Yemeni army and central security and fell down during nonviolent protests.
The past years since 2007 were full of Southern escalation signs of peaceful, nonviolent struggling movement, strikes, protests and demonstrations all to multiply pressure on the Northern Yemeni government which couldn’t maintain unity without keeping the other part, South Arabia, pleased with it. After declining the concept of Unity among the majority of South Arabians due to summer 1994 war, which created a deep painful feeling inside them that they’ve been exposed to an armed robbery, & resulted them to believe that they weren’t more than supplementary and not real partners in declaring unity on May, 22, 1990.
It’s not quite easy for South Arabians to keep on their demands and call out for getting their country back as long as it’s quite difficult to convince the Yemeni traditional forces to cancel the treaty signed by the two parts in 1990. South Arabians totally lost their faith in unity with Yemen and they didn’t need any evidence to feel that unity is vanished. The Northern side “Yemen”, on the other hand, realizes that there are indeed some conditions have been created to end unity after occupying South Arabia in 1994.
Yemen has been witnessing different and highly tensioned events and circumstances after the recent revolution of changing in Sana’a and signing the agreement of the Gulf initiative in November 2011, which drove President Ali Saleh away from the political landscape, and the obstacles which still threaten this agreement under ceasing the majority of South Arabians to participate in the national Yemeni dialogue unless it is based on equivalently between two countries, Yemen and South Arabia, under the United Nation supervision.
*ينشر بالتزامن بين صحيفتي "عدن الغد" وصحيفة "وول ستريت جورنال "الامريكية