The protest coincides with the 34th anniversary of Al-Hamdi’s assassination on Oct. 11, 1977.
The protest will start at Kentucky Round and end at Martyrs Cemetery to visit Al-Hamdi’s grave.
Fakhr Al-Azab, a student activist at the Nasserite Unionist People’s Organization said, “The protest demands revealing those who killed Al-Hamdi and those forcibly detained since the 1978 uprising. Different factions of Yemenis will participate in the protest, holding roses by the grave of Al-Hamdi.”
“In this protest, we aim to move the case of Al-Hamdi to a public opinion, to know the truth behind assassinating Al-Hamdi and to bring perpetrators to justice,” he added.
Abdulla Ismail, editor-in-chief of Al-Wahdawi Newspaper, the mouthpiece of the Nasserite Unionist People’s Organization, said the protest aims to remind people of Al-Hamdi’s national role.
“We aim to bring back the memory of Al-Hamdi and his experience so it will stick in minds and people can learn lessons out of it to apply it for the upcoming period in Yemen.”
Ismail said the problem now facing Yemen is reorganizing the military, a problem Al-Hamdi a also faced. He restructured the military on June 13 when the army was divided. Al-Hamdi unified the military to one national entity that wasn’t controlled by a family nor regionalism.
Ismail talked about the importance of revealing Al-Hamdi’s killers, saying, “A committee was formed to investigate his assassination at that time but the case was intentionally hidden.”
Hatem Abu Hatem, a leader of the Nasserite Unionist People’s Organization, said authorities know the perpetrators and must bring them to justice.
“Al-Hamdi’s assassination in 1977 targeted the project of building a Yemeni civil state and killed the hopes of Yemenis to have a better future,” Hatem said.
It is reported that the protest will be followed by another protest that will head to the Ministry of Human Rights to demand revealing the fate of those forcibly detained last Oct. 15. Moreover, other protests and activities are going to be held in Change Squares in Dhamar and Taiz.