Injured revolutionaries continue to protest after sympathizer sets himself on fire
Following the self-immolation of Muneef Al-Zubairi, a revolutionary supporter of the protest on Tuesday, protesters went on hunger strike, objecting to the ‘government's slow pace’ in dealing with their medical problems.
Al-Zubairi is currently in the hospital recovering from burn injuries, according to Abdulla Al-Majidi, the head of the Revolutionary Wounded Organization.
Using Al-Zubairi's are momentum for their cause, the protestors outside the Cabinet continue to slam the Minister of Finance, Sakhr Al-Wajih, for his perceived “failure to deal with the protestor's issues effectively and quickly.”
The minister also stands accused of giving money earmarked for people injured in the 2011 revolution, to the Wafa Foundation for Caring the Martyrs’ Families and Injured, an organization that belongs to the Islamic Islah Party.
Shawai Al-Maimoni, the head of Wafa Foundation refuted the claims, saying there is misunderstanding about the relationship between the foundation and the Ministry of Finance.
“We were only a mediator and we have not received any money from the ministry. We only provided the ministry with a list of families of martyrs and seriously injured revolutionaries,” he explained. “We didn’t even receive a commission for that.”
Recently, the government formed a special committee to follow up on the treatment of those injured during the events of 2011.
Al-Maimoni criticized the committee, saying that it hasn’t made effective step towards treating those injured.
In a previous interview with Yemen Times, the Minister of State for Cabinet Affairs said the committee is working hard to provide injured individuals with treatment in and outside of Yemen.
Al-Majidi said, “The promises of the prime minister to treat the wounded is just media propaganda.”
He said that there are many parties who intend to delay the treatment of injured revolutionaries as they want to take advantage of their suffering and collect money under the pretense of treating them.
He added the government has recently sent some injured revolutionaries abroad for treatment, but they were extremely "selective" in choosing candidates.