26 SEPTEMBER: Sanaa weekly, 2-7-98. [Archives:1998/27/Press Review]
(Yemen Armed Forces) Main Headline:
1- The President: “Reform the judicial system is the first step towards economic, financial and administrative reforms.”
2- Vice-President: “We cannot remain silent with respect to those who monopolize and control the prices of basic food commodities.”3- Yemen condemns Israel’s decisions to expand settlements into Jerusalem.
4- Central Organization for Control and Audit refers a number of embezzlement cases to the general prosecutor’s office.
5- Parliament endorses two new oil production sharing agreements.
6- Minister of Oil: “The government still subsidizes diesel and kerosene.”
7- Deputy Minister of Interior: “Security is kept stable in all parts of the republic.”8- Council of Ministers bans the establishment of any new college without the permission of the Universities Supreme Council.
By Sadeq Al-Yusufi
Any citizen or group of individuals have the right to openly express their opinion in peaceful means. But they do not have the right to inflict damage and harm on others and on public property. This dictum is valid almost everywhere in the world.
Groups of people that came out to express their opinion regarding the price rise did so peacefully at the beginning. Hence, the security personnel dealt with them with the utmost tolerance and feeling of responsibility.
Investigations following the acts of violence and looting indicated that some opposition parties infiltrated the demonstrations in order to incite people to go on the rampage. They could have practiced their freedom of expression in a more civilized way.
The opposition’s problem in Yemen is that it thinks that the ruling authority is about to attack it. Many opposition parties still do not know how to lead the people and influence the authority.