The Houthi militia severely beat a number of street vendors in the Yemeni capital, Sana’a, after they refused to pay taxes and royalties under the name of “the Prophet’s birthday celebrations.”
Security sources told the Yemeni scene, today, Monday, that the Houthi militia attacked two street vendors in the Shumaila area of the capital, Sana’a, after they refused to pay royalties to support the so-called “birthday celebrations”, which Houthi leaders exploit to obtain funds.
The sources added that the seller, Commander Abdo Al-Wasabi and Muhammad Abdo, were insulted with obscene words by the Houthi supervisors who are in charge of collecting from the stalls, after they refused to pay royalties without attribution in favor of the Houthi leaders.
In Ibb Governorate, central Yemen, activists circulated a video clip showing Houthi elements forcing shop owners to pay royalties for the “Prophet’s Birthday” after forcing them to install light bulbs and green badges.
The video showed verbal altercations between Houthi elements and shop owners, who said that the militias’ taxes are in violation of the directives of their leader, Abdul-Malik al-Houthi, who appeared in a direct speech the day before yesterday, calling on his militia not to impose taxes in the name of the Prophet’s birthday.
It is noteworthy that the Houthi militia imposes a number of religious and sectarian occasions, and forces citizens to celebrate them. Through the Ministry of Civil Service, it identified 18 occasions during the year, which it described as national occasions, which must be celebrated, and exploited to loot citizens and impose taxes on them.