(Alumni Club) is the last Houthi body to practice levies and impose sectarian ideas

English - الخميس 11 أغسطس 2022 الساعة 10:59 ص
Sana'a, NewsYemen, private:

The Houthi militia, the Iranian arm in Yemen, continues to establish bodies and institutions to achieve its goals in imposing its sectarian ideas on the one hand, and on the other hand to find justifications for the exercise of financial levies to the pockets and balances of militias in various fields, the last of which is regarding graduation ceremonies held by Yemeni university students.

Student sources at Sanaa University revealed to NewsYemen: that the Houthi militia established what it called (the University Graduates Club) and entrusted it with the task of supervising, monitoring and following up on all graduation ceremonies organized by Yemeni government universities or private universities, and giving this illegal entity the powers to grant permission and approval to hold graduation ceremonies.  Nor is it prohibited if it does not have a license and prior permission from this new Houthi entity.

According to the sources, the Houthi militia issued directives to all photography studios and centers for organizing events and parties, which ruled not to agree to participate in the filming of any graduation ceremonies.  Or coordinating and arranging for the recruitment of musical and singing groups for reviving graduation ceremonies for university students, except after obtaining prior permission from the Alumni Club, noting that the instructions included a warning against taking measures against any violating center or studio.

The sources confirmed that the militias aim, through these measures, to achieve several goals, including finding justifications for exercising financial levies from the owners of centers for organizing parties and studios for photography.  In addition to establishing special centers for organizing concerts affiliated with its leaders and forcing graduates to contract with them to coordinate and organize their celebrations, in addition to a sectarian goal, which is an attempt to prevent the participation of singing and musical groups or artists in reviving these parties on the pretext that singing and music are forbidden and thus finding an opportunity to impose their sectarian ideas through  Zawaml with the sectarian and political dimension of the militias.

One of the owners of photography laboratories in Sanaa - who requested that his name be withheld - told NewsYemen: that the Houthi militias were not satisfied with the illegal levies and royalties that they impose on the owners of photo studios and laboratories, but rather imposed a new restriction on our sources of livelihood by forbidding us to participate in organizing and photographing  Any celebrations for alumni except with the approval of its so-called alumni club, which we do not know what it is or any legitimacy for it.

He continued: Despite our objections at the beginning and then our attempts to reach an understanding with the leaders of the Houthi militias regarding these procedures, they refused any understanding and insisted on implementing their procedures and threatened us to close our stores if we did not comply with their taxes and their arbitrary measures.

He concluded by saying: I have been working in the field of photography for more than twenty-five years, and I have never witnessed injustice, abuse and violations against us like what I am seeing now.  It is open, as it was described, and no one can work in it unless he shares his livelihood and income with the Houthi militia.