Riyadh- A Yemeni official said that Houthi militias are deceiving people through media outlets, which they have seized following the coup, and he accused them of seeking to impose their extremist religious and sectarian beliefs on Yemenis, who have lived decades of tolerance and harmony among their various sects and social classes.
Yemenis denounced a program broadcast by the Houthi-controlled Sanaa radio station, saying that “the state is confined to the Houthis and that their mandate over the Yemenis, led by Abdul-Malik Badreddin al-Houthi, is divine and inevitable.”
Adviser to Yemen’s Minister of Information Faisal al-Awadi told Asharq Al-Awsat that such calls are invalid and contrary to reason and logic, and the Yemenis do not take them into consideration.
“There is no social supporter of the Houthis who accept such views, especially that the province of Saada, the stronghold of the Houthis themselves, is the first to face their own project, not to mention the rest of Yemeni areas,” Awadi added.
The program claimed that “the prophets teach the Qur’an and wisdom and what applies to them is applied to their inheritors who must be from the same circle of prophecy,” indicating that they are descendants of prophets and should rule the country.
“We say that we are God’s supporters by divine command and by necessity, and we are a real example of the extension of the Prophet to Sayyed Abdul Abdul-Malik Badreddin al-Houthi, who possesses the qualifications of faith,” the station insisted.
Awadi said that the Houthis used the state’s weapons to confront and suppress the people and were able to silence the voices opposing them, but the popular rejection and ridicule of these proposals would prevail.
“They have failed to mobilize people in the so-called Ghadir Day, and, instead, they filled the streets with sectarian slogans,” he said.
What the Houthis bring is false and is rejected by reason and common sense. It contradicts all laws, customs and traditions. Even in dark eras, they did not dare to raise such case, Awadi said.