A Yemeni political movement, the Nasserist Reform Organization, has on Tuesday marked the 45th anniversary of the martyrdom of Yemen’s President Ibrahim al-Hamdi.
At the event, Mujahid al-Quhali, head of the Nasserist Reform Organization, pointed out that President Al-Hamdi represented the National project, that he established the building of a modern Yemeni state and created unity through peaceful and democratic means and methods.
He touched on the most prominent reasons for assassinating President Al-Hamdi, the first reason being his refusal to build Najran-Sharurah and Al Wadea Road, which was occupied by Saudi Arabia after 1969. It reaches a length of 360km, running through areas that are rich in oil and mineral wealth.
The second reason, was Al-Hamdi’s holding of the Red Sea Security Conference, aimed at exploiting the sea’s wealth for the benefit of the peoples overlooking it.
He pointed out that the commemoration of the martyrdom of President Hammadi is a symbolic expression of the sacrifices and roles he made in the service of the homeland.
Al-Quhali affirmed that the organization was at the forefront of the ranks that confronted the plan to obliterate Yemeni identity and the civilizational project of the martyr al-Hamdi.
For his part, Essam Ali Qanaf Zahra, Secretary-General of the Nasserist Reform Organization read the statement of the event, in which he said, “on this black bloody day, the hands of treachery and betrayal led by Ahmed Al-Ghashmi along with the participation of the Saudi military attaché, named Saleh Al-Hudayan, and a number of Saudi officers assassinated the martyred President Ibrahim Al-Hamdi and his brother Abdullah in the house of Ahmed Al-Ghashmi.”
The statement added, “The organization has taken upon itself for 45 years the fulfillment of the objectives of the correction and its leader, and has confronted the scheme of the forces of evil and aggression along with the free people of Yemen on all fronts of pride and honor.”
He reviewed the main elements of President Al-Hamdi’s civilizational project to build the modern civil state, a state made up of institutions, order, law, justice, equality, and a rejection of neglecting Yemen’s sovereignty.
The statement stressed that those who are fighting their people, in league with the countries of aggression, have been shown the objectives of this destructive aggression, but unfortunately, they still live in illusion, deceiving themselves with shady slogans that have nothing to do with the future of the people and their supreme interests in freedom, independence and renaissance.
After the event, the attendees went to the mausoleum of the martyred President Ibrahim Al-Hamdi and his brother Abdullah in the Martyrs’ Cemetery, and read the Fatiha for their souls, and the souls of martyrs of homeland, and laid a wreath on the two shrines.
Ibrahim al-Hamdi was the highly popular President of the Yemen Arab Republic from 1974 to 1977. During his short tenure in power, he oversaw a massive economic and social development of Yemen, abolished feudal institutions in favour of democratic local councils and greatly increased net income for the lower classes.
President Ibrahim al-Hamdi was assassinated in 1977 in a Saudi-backed plot, after having negotiated a possible unification of the Yemen Arab Republic with the Democratic People’s Republic of Yemen in the south. His death paved the way for the rule of Ali Abdullah Saleh and his IMF-backed neoliberal economic policies, that plunged much of Yemen into poverty.