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Popular campaigns in Yemeni province aim to eradicate Houthi sectarian slogans

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Residents of the Ibb province in Yemen have begun popular campaigns rejecting Houthi slogans and sectarian thought, starting with spray painting ‘X’ on Houthi slogans that have filled the walls of the province’s mosques, houses and buildings.

Residents have also publicly burned books containing texts promoting Houthi thought, expressing their rejection of its promotion of sectarianism in Yemen.

According to local sources, the militia has in turn tried to find out who is behind these campaigns by making random arrests and threats.

The Houthis had fired live ammunition last week inside a large mosque in the old town part of Ibb with the aim of frightening and intimidating civilians.

According to local sources, there’s a consensus among Ibb residents to fight the permeation of Houthi thought by rejecting its slogans and boycotting mosques that have Houthi-influenced imams.

Sources added that although these may seem like small feats, but they have worked in their own way.

Other towns and provinces have begun to follow in the same footsteps and popular campaigns have begun there as well. More specifically, some of the larger campaigns are carried out in Sanaa by students who refuse to forcefully join the militia and chant national slogans in opposition to Houthi slogans.