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OffbeatSouth Yemenis demand independence vote at UN talks

16:30  12 december  2018
16:30  12 december  2018 Source:   msn.com

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Protesters holding South Yemen flags demand independence for the region during a protest outside the venue of UN peace talks at Rimbo in Sweden A small group of southern Yemenis staged a protest outside the venue of UN peace talks in Sweden on Wednesday demanding a referendum to

A small group of southern Yemenis staged a protest outside the venue of UN peace talks in Sweden on Wednesday demanding a referendum to restore independence . Southern Yemen was an independent country until the 1990 unification under president Ali Abdullah Saleh

South Yemenis demand independence vote at UN talks© Provided by AFP Protesters holding South Yemen flags demand independence for the region during a protest outside the venue of UN peace talks at Rimbo in Sweden

A small group of southern Yemenis staged a protest outside the venue of UN peace talks in Sweden on Wednesday demanding a referendum to restore independence.

Waving the flag of former south Yemen -- featuring a bright blue triangle with a red star -- some 30 southerners called for freedom under the watchful eye of Swedish police.

Southern Yemen was an independent country until the 1990 unification under president Ali Abdullah Saleh, a northerner who ruled for more than three decades and was killed by his rebel allies in 2017.

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A small group of southern Yemenis staged a protest outside the venue of UN peace talks in Sweden on Wednesday demanding a referendum to restore Multiple protesters told AFP they were seeking a referendum on southern independence and shouted “Free, free South Arabia” with a loudspeaker.

The south has long complained of neglect and marginalisation -- grievances which did not disappear under current President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi, who is himself a southerner and leads the country during a time of devastating war.

Multiple protesters told AFP they were seeking a referendum on southern independence and shouted "Free, free South Arabia" with a loudspeaker.

South Yemenis demand independence vote at UN talks© Provided by AFP Southern Yemen was an independent country until the 1990 unification and has long complained of neglect and marginalisation

"We are here to demand our right, as original inhabitants, just like in Scotland, for a referendum," Abedelfattah Haddad, who hails from the southern city of Daleh, told AFP.

"If the UN talks of democracy and pluralism, why not hold a referendum?"

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A small group of southern Yemenis staged a protest outside the venue of UN peace talks in Sweden on Wednesday demanding a referendum to restore independence . Waving the flag of former south Yemen -- featuring a bright blue triangle with a red star -- some 30 southerners called for freedom

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Nearly four years into a war that has pushed 14 million Yemenis to the brink of starvation, the Saudi-backed government of Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi and Huthi rebels, linked to Riyadh's arch-rival Iran, have been in UN-brokered talks since Thursday in the rural town of Rimbo in Sweden.

Southerners had complained of under-representation in the run-up to the Sweden talks. The government and rebel delegations include one southerner each, allied with the respective party.

"We are the children of the south," Hend Omairan, a southern Yemeni activist, told AFP.

"We are here today to send a message to the government and the UN special envoy: why is the south not represented in this conversation, in these consultations?"

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