Yemenis have been marching and chanting for the fall of the regime for six months now. Six long months that eventually resulted in the formation of a Transitional Council on July 16, 2011. With seventeen members ready to do their part in helping the country to the right path, government officials despise it. Officials say that there will be no transfer of power or any talks with any groups in Yemen unless President Ali Abdullah Saleh is in Yemen.
Recently, with the current goings on, there have been rumors spreading around that Saleh thugs were going to attack Change Square in Sanaa and other squares in different provinces in Yemen. Al-Ahali newspaper indicated that the regime spread thugs and Republican Guards in buildings near Change Square of Sanaa.
Once this news was heard from the people of Sanaa and Yemen as a whole, Sheikh Sadeq Al-Ahmar, who is a very well known leader for the Hashid tribe stated ”Any attack on Freedom Squares and fields of Change will lead to a big problem and we will not stand handcuffed against any aggression on peaceful protesters.”
On June 26, 2011 armed thugs were present at all the entrances in Change Square of Sanaa, ready to move forward into the square, thankfully, residents and Change Square security volunteers had stopped them from doing any acts of violence.
On July 30, 2011 Sheikh Sadeq Al-Ahmar directly addressed the press and stated ”Ali Abdullah Saleh will not rule us as long as I am alive.” A powerful statement by a powerful person. Keep in mind, Saleh comes from the same tribe as Sadeq who is the official leader of the Hashid tribe. This is a very tense situation in that they both come from the same tribe yet each one dislikes the other.
With Sadeq Al-Ahmar against Ali Abdullah Saleh and with the peaceful revolution, on March 20, 2011 he asked Saleh, ”To leave office peacefully and respond to protesters demand” as quoted in an Al-Jazeera article. Around the same time, the next month, Shiekh Sadeq’s home was attacked. This caused a lot of problems between the tribe and the government.
With the tribe stepping up and Saleh ready for anything, clashes were erupting and violent gunfire noises accompanied Sanaa residents for a few days. Hundreds of residents have fled fearing the capitol would become a war zone. After many who lost their lives in the clashes, the leader of the Hashid tribe and Saleh made a deal to stop the clashes from both sides.
Therefore, Al-Ahmar wrote a letter to the Republican Guards and Security Forces stating, ”get rid of this regime and be among the makers of the change that the people are calling for” he then goes on saying “the enemy of all these people is Saleh who has weighed heavily upon our people for all these years and confiscated the simplest Yemeni citizens’ rights to serve the interest of Saleh, his sons and family” as quoted in an MSNBC article.
Shiekh Sadeq Al-Ahmar is showing himself to be a strong person with one message. This message is quiet clear, Shiekh Sadeq vows to keep Saleh out and protesters protected-no matter what.
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