Statement: THE YEMENI AMERICAN COALITION FOR CHANGE (YACC) CONDEMNS ATTACKS ON U.S. EMBASSY IN YEMEN

The following is a statement by YACC. The statement link can be found here: http://yaccny.org/item/attack-on-us-embassy-in-yemen/

 

‎”The Yemeni American Coalition for Change (YACC) strongly condemns the attack on the U.S. Embassy in Yemen’s capital, Sana’a, earlier today, after a clip from a bigoted anti-Muslim film by an American filmmaker went viral online.

The images that were coming out of Yemen today-of breaching the U.S embassy walls and smashing windows-were nothing but acts of violence. They were an unacceptable, un-Islamic way of expressing anger.

Free speech that is intentionally designed to attack or humiliate one’s religion, prophet, or belief with the intent and understanding that such speech will only provoke and encourage violence is no different than the violence committed itself.

Violence or extremism should have no place in the new Yemen, and we call on upon the people of Yemen, the youth peaceful movements, the political parties and religious groups to come out and strongly denounce in the strongest terms, and campaign against, any acts of violence.

While it is clear that the U.S. government had nothing to do with this video, we would like to remind the Obama administration to take a serious review of its policies toward Yemen, especially the drone campaign that has cost dozens of innocent and civilian lives and which only can play into the hands of and benefit extremism and terrorism.

YACC’s thoughts and prayers are with the families and friends of U.S Ambassador Christopher Stevens and the three other Americans who lost there lives in Benghazi, Libya on Tuesday, as well as those who were injured in Yemen today.”

 

The Yemeni American Coalition for Change (YACC) is an advocacy and solidarity group comprised of activists, professionals, students, teachers and concerned Yemeni-Americans, representing various Yemeni-American organizations, all uniting to support the youth peaceful revolution and change in Yemen and to see an end to violence against the protesters who demand freedom and an end to the vicious regime of Yemen’s ousted president Ali Abdullah Saleh.

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About Summer Nasser
Blogger, with Yemeni roots based in New York City. Student of Sociology (B.A.) with a focus on the country of Yemen. I would consider myself a student of knowledge.

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