Conflict in Southern Movement as South Yemeni leaders join Saudi invasion plans instead

ADEN – The head of the so-called Political Bureau of the Revolutionary Movement for the Liberation and Independence of the South, Fadi Baoum, has said that several southern leaders have joined the Saudi-backed exiled Hadi administration.

These former southern movement members have reportedly been expelled from their organisations and are now fighting alongside the allied militants loyal Tariq Afash, nephew of former Yemeni president Saleh (the Saudi-backed ruler of Yemen from 1990 until 2011, who was killed in battle in 2017 after defecting to the Saudi invaders).

These former southern Yemeni activists are now reported to be supporting the Saudi agenda for Yemen, and have been seen ridiculing the cause of southern separatism.

Fadi Baoum expressed astonishment and anger at the fact that former southern activists are now appearing on the Saudi propaganda channel al-Arabiya, which used to attack the forces of the Southern Movement.

“What were the Southerners expecting, as they were waging war under the slogan of [Saudi-backed] “legality”? Baoum wrote on social media.

“This is the responsibility of the southern leadership, who have always been changing its positions instead of respecting the will of the people of the southern provinces,” Baoum said.

“Now, after four years of sacrifices by southerners, after 4 years of lying, deceit, looting and banditry, did you really think that one of these people entered the war as supporter of the issue [of South Yemen]?” he said.

“With reason and logic, do you want the world to recognize you, believe you or even respect you, when you are waging a war under a slogan that is completely contradictory to your goal?”

Baoum added that “a group of Gulf writers and terrorists, along with al-Arabiya Channel and some southern hacks, were able to deceive a whole people”.

“Are the lives of southerners that were killed on the West coast, and in the southern border defending Saudi Arabia, so cheap?”, the Southern activist wrote, thereby focusing on the fact that many southern Yemeni separatists have fought and died in Saudi service, waging war against the Republic of Yemen out of hope that Saudi Arabia might recognize South Yemen as an independent state after the war.

“At the same time, Saudi Arabia is sending 1,200 Saudi soldiers to Mahrah and to Hadramawt, in order to occupy them and to tighten its grip over eastern Yemen,” Fadi Baoum concluded.

South Yemen was an independent country from 1967 to 1990, when it joined with North Yemen to form the united Republic of Yemen. Many southern Yemeni activists still strive for the secession of the South, with several movements and politicians in Aden having joined up with the Saudi and UAE invaders as mercenaries.

However, several reports prove that these mercenaries are often used as cannon fodder by the invading coalition, and that little to no indications exist that the Saudi-led invaders intend to reward them for their services.

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