Southern Movement Steadily Aflame In Aden’s Streets

Despite an absence of foreign reporters and international media coverage in Aden, Southern Movement followers continue to hold public meetings and stage weekly marches in the southern port city. While high-ranking southern separatist leaders continue to receive headlines, a recent walk through Aden’s Crater district provided strong evidence that the movement’s strength continues to emanate from the street level.

Southern Movement flags – pale blue and blood red paint on white walls and the sides of houses – can be seen throughout Aden. Some are crudely drawn while others are picture perfect; yet all are recognizable for what they are, and whether they’re accompanied by writing or not, all strongly convey the message of a city desiring secession from the north.

One middle-aged woman, hardly raising her voice amidst the noise of a small crowd, said, “The price for my son’s blood is independence and freedom for Southern Arabia.”

Her son, Nasser Al-Bakshi, a 19-year-old student, had been killed on July 2, 2011 by army soldiers. According to Nasser’s mother, he had been murdered “by occupying military forces just because he was a youth with Herak [the Southern Movement].”

She spoke of “occupying military forces,” who, like herself and her now-deceased son, were Yemeni. Just the day before, with little prompting, youths at Aden’s battered and beaten Southern Movement headquarters formed the number ‘14’ in recognition of a national day which is celebrated by both southerners and northerners – in this case, to commemorate the eviction of a truly ‘foreign’ occupying force, the British, in the year 1969.


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From Stargate SG-1 6x22, "Full Circle."
  • Herak: Surrender or die!
  • O'Neill: What?!
  • Herak: Surrender or die!
  • O'Neill: I was just gonna say the exact same thing!
  • Herak: O'Neill, of SG-1.
  • O'Neill: Hey, how're you doin'? You'll have to forgive me. I'm terrible with names! What was--
  • /Jaffa fires staff weapon/