Northampton protesters call for end to war in Yemen

  • Demonstrators protest the ongoing war in Yemen outside U.S. Rep. Jim McGovern’s office in Northampton, Monday. Contributed Photo

Staff Writer
Published: 1/25/2021 8:14:38 PM

NORTHAMPTON — Protesters gathered outside the office of Rep. Jim McGovern, D-Worcester, on Monday to call for an end to the war in Yemen.

McGovern has been a longtime advocate of halting the sale of arms to Saudi Arabia, which has been bombing Yemen as part of Yemen’s ongoing civil war. And on Monday, McGovern spoke to the protesters via phone after they called his Worcester office, and cited his sponsorship of a bill in Congress that would do just that.

“We are very pleased with his position on the war,” said Yoav Elinevsky, one of Monday’s protesters.

The protest at McGovern’s office was part of a global day of action to stop the war, which has been ongoing since 2014. In December, the United Nations estimated the war dead from the conflict at 233,000.

The Yemeni civil war is a multi-sided conflict that has seen bombing from both Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, and activists have criticized U.S. military support for both countries. Activists are also calling for the end to the blockade of Yemen.

“I have been a doctor working in that region,” said Marty Nathan, one of the protesters in Northampton. “What the United States is supporting there is unconscionable.”

Bera Dunau can be reached at bdunau@gazettenet.com.




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