First Ever Public Ashura Ceremony in Yemen

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November 4, 2014
Sanaa, Yemen

Thousands of Houthis gathered at an indoor stadium in Sanaa to mark Ashura and the martyrdom of Imam Hussain Ibn Ali Ibn Abi Taleb who was killed on the tenth day of Muharram 14 centuries ago. This is the first time that the Ashura ceremony has been performed in public in Yemen.

As part of the Ashura event Abdel-Malek al-Houthi, the Houthi leader, also gave a live speech via satellite. He expressed to his supporters that Yemen is currently facing a similar scenario to the one faced by Hussain Ibn Ali, against tyranny and oppression.

He called on the Yemeni people and Yemen’s political factions to reject foreign intervention in Yemen’s internal affairs, which he blames for fueling political and sectarian unrest in Yemen.

Transcription:

Saleh, Shia Houthi supporter (man, Arabic):
(02:05-02:22) "This day is related to a historical, religious, great figure, Imam al-Huseein, who is considered a symbol of Islam. This occasion represents a revolution against iniquity and oppression, a revolution against everything related to injustice."