"Our movement is more hopeful and organised than ever."
Every time people die, it only galvanizes protesters even more. There was a huge surge in demonstrations after the March 18 shootings, and after the clashes at Change Square yesterday, the protesters actually gained a couple of blocks. We feel safe on Change Square, mainly because since March 21, part of the army that is loyal to Ali Mohsen [a prominent general who defected after the sniper shootings] has been protecting us there.
"The situation could explode at any minute."
I’m getting ready to leave Yemen tonight. The French government has ordered all embassy personnel to leave the country. We’re told it’s only a temporary precautionary measure, but there’s no way of knowing how things will evolve. The situation is very uncertain, and it could potentially explode any minute. Nearly everyone in Sanaa has a gun, and in a country as poor as Yemen, it’s not hard to pay people to turn against others – as the shootings on the 18th showed. Although [the shooters] haven’t been officially identified, it’s more than likely that they were hit men paid for by the ruling GPC party.