Yemen secessionist leader detained at Aden airport
A South Yemen secessionist leader was detained by security forces when he flew into the city of Aden after years in self-imposed exile, activists say. A group of armed men boarded the plane carrying Ahmed Abdullah al-Hassani, a former navy commander and ambassador, and took him to an unknown destination.
|I'm mildly surprised they didn't just shoot Ahmed right there on the tarmac...|
He is the secretary general of the Democratic Forum for South Yemen (TAJ). The UK-based group actively advocates immediate independence for the South, which united with the North in 1990.
| Yemen is civilized nowadays, donchaknow. They have elections and stuff all the time. |
Dozens of people
were waiting to greet Mr Hassani at Aden's international airport when his plane flew in from Beirut on Wednesday, but he was seized before he reached them.
|All of whom are now at the very least photographed and ID'd...|
"I was among the people waiting for Hassani," Nasser al-Khabji - a leader of Hiraak al-Janoubi (Southern Movement), a popular protest movement that champions southern independence - told the AFP news agency. "Suddenly, we found the security men handcuffing Hassani and leading him away in an unmarked car through a back gate."
Yemeni media reported earlier this week that Mr Hassani, who had been living in the UK since 2006, planned to meet other secessionist leaders. He was a staunch opponent of former President Ali Abdullah Saleh, who led the North before unification and crushed a revolt in the south in 1994.
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