Protests in Yemen

By: Austin, Cole, Parker, Chuk, Rodrigo, Kooper and Jiwon

History of the Protests

  • The protests began on January of 2011
  • The protesters were protesting about the constitution, unemployment, and economics.
  • The present president stated that he would not stay another term. Many fights and many violent altercations took place. The protesters eventually got so angry they tried to assassinate the president and other officials but they only injured them.
  • The effects lead the country farther into poverty and made unemployment worse and much more.

Today

  • Yemenis president approved turning the country into a federal state, but the move was rejected by southerners.
  • Yemen is being split into 6 regions
  • The president is elected and leads the government

International Community

  • Some organizations that got involved were the European Union, Gulf Cooperation Council, and the United Nations. The EU threw its support behind a Gulf Cooperation Initiative to end the violence in Yemen and tried to make the president give up power. The GCC endeavor red to mediate the crisis in Yemen. The UN tried to make the government and told the present government to make bold reforms. They also tried to bring peace to Yemen.
  • Some countries that got involved were the US, Australia, Brazil, Canada and many more.
  • The position of the US was that the people of Yemen had the right to express themselves and assemble freely. The US also hoped and tried to make the government change and reform.

How would you characterize what has happened in your country? Would you call it a revolution?

The whole culture of the country has changed. Yemen now has hope whenever before it seemed like the future was not bright. But the protests worked. I would call it a revolution because now all Yemen people are free and have more freedom than they have ever had.