The Muslim Brotherhood has joined forces with the Iran-backed Houthi militia against those opposing the presence of the militia around Yemen.
Opposition to the Iran-backed group is manifested in a rise in the number of demonstrations against it and against Brotherhood corruption.
The demonstrators blame the Houthis and the Brotherhood for the deterioration of living and economic conditions in all Yemeni provinces under their control.
The Brotherhood’s Islah (Reform) Party is countering by working to silence those opposing it and campaigning to prevent its theft of Yemen’s wealth.
On Feb. 12, the Brotherhood suppressed thousands of demonstrators who gathered in Seiyun, a city of the eastern province of Hadhramaut, to support the Southern Transitional Council.
The council had earlier called on Yemenis to go out to the streets and demand the expulsion of forces allied to Mohsen al-Ahmar which control Hadhramaut’s oilfields.
The demonstrators also called for replacing those forces with the forces of Hadrami al-Nahba, describing them as more fit for protecting Yemen’s land.
This prompted Muslim Brotherhood militants to slap a siege around Seiyun and set up new checkpoints to prevent the demonstrators from moving around it.
The militants also arrested dozens of demonstrators after firing live rounds in the air and on them.
The Brotherhood collaborated with the Houthis in cutting internet services in the city to prevent the publication of any news about the protests.
According to Yemeni activists, there is a major media blackout on the demonstrations in Hadhramaut against Muslim Brotherhood presence.
The same activists said the Houthis had lent support to the Brotherhood by cutting off the internet and communications in Hadhramout during the protests.
This caused rejection of the Brotherhood and the Houthis to increase.
The Presidency of the Southern Transitional Council issued a statement, in which it praised the protests and denounced the crackdown by Brotherhood militants against the demonstrators.
The council also called on Arab coalition forces to intervene to save the people of Hadhramaut.
Yemeni political analyst, Mahmud al-Taher, told The Reference earlier that corruption is eating away at all facilities of the Yemeni state.
“This corruption is a result of the practices of the Houthi and Brotherhood groups,” he said.