protest in Socotra against UAE-backed separatists

Hundreds of Yemenis demonstrated Monday demanding the expulsion of the Southern Transitional Council (STC) backed by the United Arab Emirates (UAE) from Socotra Archipelago.

The protest organizers announced their support for Yemeni exiled President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi and the internationally-backed government’s attempts to maintain peace and stopping attempts to drag the island into chaos.

The statement rejected the self-rule announced by the STC in the south and armed manifestations in the governorate’s capital, Hadibo.

The statement called for the removal of external armed groups in order to “protect the governorate and not drag it into conflicts”.