The Yemen Revolution
Ruhi Deshmukh, Emma Johnson, Fares Albakhit & Jacob Salazar
The History of the Protests
The Protests in Yemen began on January 27, 2011. This protest was an anti- president protest which meant that the Yemenis were telling the president to step down. This was not the first of the protests. There were a series of protests that took place for about 10 months. This accused the government to lash out at the US Government and the protestors. This resulted in many citizen deaths and injuries. On November 23, 2011 President Ali Abdullah Saleh finally stepped down after over 30 years in power.
What is Happening Today
Even though the President stepped down a couple years ago violence is still seen in Yemen today. An explosion in Yemen riled 21 militants, the Al-Qaeda launch a series of attacks on Yemen, and an Iran diplomat gets killed in a shooting with Yemen militants. After Saleh stepped down the government was out of control until this year when a new president settled everything down and now the military is taking part in the government as well. There are also going to be elections coming up on February 21, 2014. The country is facing many key challenges such as the Al-Qaeda spreading throughout Yemen. The US is helping out by sending a lot of money to support the people and stop the attacks. To add to all of Yemen's problems, the citizens are also struggling with finding clean water, facing unemployment and women have no jobs.
The International Community
There were a few worldwide organizations that were involved in the revolution in Yemen. The EU put it's support to stop violence in Yemen. The CGG supported Yemen and and tried to stop the violence resulting from the protests. The United States tried to help remove Saleh from power resulting in the Yemen government lashing out at the US and Obama.
There were a series of events that occurred throughout the revolution. The prime minister resigned, many areas were filled with Al Qaeda and other dangerous groups, military forces were falling apart due to many of the leaders being sacked. This would be considered a revolution because violent force was used to overthrow the government. A new president was elected after Saleh stepped down and new military forces were reconstructed.