Houthis celebrate Prophet’s birthday with forcible donation

Houthis celebrate Prophet’s birthday with forcible donation

Alsahwa Net- The Houthis began this week intensive campaign forcing commercial shops and companies to pay forcible donation for organizing a nationwide party in areas of their control to celebrate Prophet Mohmmed’ birthday.

Though the event is still almost two weeks far, the Houthis have already forced businesses and commercia shops to paint doors and exterior appearances green and light the streets with green.

Since they took control of Sana’a in late 2014, the Houthis use this debated religious event to impose certain political and cultural rituals that glorify the Houthis and their leader. They do so with the claim that their leader has a family connection to the Prophet Mohammed.

Sources in Sana’a quoted by the London-based Asharq Al-Awsat daily Newspaper said that the Houthis managed to collect YR300 million ($0.5 million) within only one week.

Yemenis used to celebrate this event by gathering in mosques in spiritual atmosphere away from politics.

Yet, since their takeover of the capital Sana’a, Houthis have been promoting imported Iranian Shiites’ rituals during the birthday of the Prophet Mohammed. They also changed the event into a season for collecting money and mobilizing new fighters to their side.

 The sources said that the Houthis impose forcible donations for the event on companies, schools, hospitals, restaurants and banks.

They added that the Houthis circulated instructions to various businesses including money exchange services and public organizations to strictly paint doors and outside walls with green color and light streets with the same color.

Organizations failed to do so will be subject to punishment and fines, the sources said.

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