It is absolutely outrageous. Yemeni government snipers murdered 12 peaceful protestors in Sana’a. President Saleh’s plainclothes thugs hurled rocks at protesters and beat those who tried to escape with steel batons. Other sources suggest that many more were killed–at least 26 people died and 500 were wounded when Yemeni forces turned on its own citizens. And our government supports this brutal dictatorship. Here is what our department of state has to say about it:
Defense relations between Yemen and the United States are improving rapidly, with the resumption of International Military Education and Training assistance and the transfer of military equipment and spare parts. In FY 2010 approximate funding for U.S. Foreign Military Financing (FMF) for Yemen was $12.5 million, International Military Education and Training (IMET) was $1 million, and Non-Proliferation, Anti-Terrorism, Demining and Related Programs (NADR) was $5 million. In FY 2010 Yemen also received approximately $5 million in Economic Support Funds (ESF), $35 million in development assistance, and $155 million in Section 1206 funding.
This is wrong. We should not be sending money to a country that murders its own people. We should instead be funding Tawakul Karman, who recently received the Nobel Peace Price for her ongoing peaceful protests against this corrupt government.
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