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As Yemenis Protest U.S. Blacklisting of Houthis, Canadians Act to Halt Saudi Arms Sales

HeadlineJan 26, 2021

In Yemen, tens of thousands of protesters marched in the capital Sana’a Monday, condemning former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s designation of Houthi rebels as a terrorist organization. Aid groups warn the designation will only exacerbate Yemen’s humanitarian crisis — already the worst in the world, with millions facing famine.

In Ontario, Canada, antiwar activists held a nonviolent civil disobedience protest Monday, sitting in the path of trucks carrying armored vehicles bound for Saudi Arabia. It was part of a global day of action against the war in Yemen. This is Rachel Small, an organizer with the group World Beyond War. 

Rachel Small: “We’re here today demanding that Canada cancel its arms trade to Saudi Arabia, that companies such as Paddock Transport International, who ships the arms, GDLS, who produces the tanks — we’re demanding that they immediately stop being complicit in arming Saudi Arabia and sending weapons to the worst humanitarian situation on the planet.”

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