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Civil Disobedience in Occupied Aden in Protest Against Complete Power Outage

Several districts in the province of Aden, which is under the control of the Emirati-Saudi occupation, witnessed angry protests on Monday morning condemning the power outages.

Several pro-aggression media outlets reported that protesters blocked roads in Crater, Mansoura, Sheikh Othman, near Aden Mall roundabout, Ghazal and Naseej roundabouts, and several other streets.

The protesters are demanding the restoration of electricity that has been cut off from their homes for a full day.

Electricity stations in the province of Aden completely ceased operations on Monday morning, amid accusations against the citizens of the Pro-aggression government for not taking any measures to address the ongoing electricity crisis in the city, despite the succession of governments that have failed to find a solution to this dilemma, the latest being the Pro-aggression government of Ahmed Awad bin Mubarak.

In parallel with these angry protests, the city of Aden witnessed civil disobedience, with many shops closing their doors. Citizens appeared on the roadside, lying on the ground after leaving their homes, complaining about the scorching summer heat.

In 2015, Saudi and Emirati forces entered the city of Aden from Bir Ali, citing the need to repel the “Houthi-Iranian” intervention and secure international navigation. It didn’t take long after the arrival of these forces for the new British-style experiment to take shape.

This comes amid escalating anger and popular discontent among citizens in the occupied southern and eastern provinces due to the collapse of the electricity system in many of these provinces. The pro-aggression government has failed to provide the necessary fuel to operate power plants and save citizens from the intense summer heat.

The Saudi-Emirati ambition in Yemen faced a southern awakening, which began on the island of Socotra when thousands protested against turning the island into a dependency of Abu Dhabi. Then came the uprising of the people of Al-Mahra in July, demanding sovereignty over the province and rejecting foreign control over the city. The protests expanded to reach the city of Aden, where the UAE has deployed over thirty thousand local military personnel loyal to them.

Hundreds took to the streets demanding the departure of the “coalition” forces from the south, a situation that analysts have compared to the protests in the 1960s against British presence, which laid the foundation for armed struggle in the south.

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