On Tuesday, students of the College of Engineering at the University of Science and Technology, which had been seized by the Houthi coup militia, demonstrated in the capital, Sanaa, to protest the increase in tuition fees.
The participants raised banners denouncing the increase in fees, and demanding the implementation of the decision that provides for a 30 percent reduction in fees and the adoption of the dollar exchange of 250 Yemeni riyals.
The students denounced the actions of the Houthi militia at the university, accusing it of “abuse, exploitation and opportunism,” calling on the militias to restore the situation in the university to normal before the robbery and the release of its academic president, Hamid Aqlan.
And at the beginning of this year, the Houthi militia seized the University of Science and Technology, kidnapped its president, Professor Hamid Aqlan, and appointed Houthi leader Adel Al-Mutawakel as a substitute for him, as part of a massive Houthi robbery campaign against civil institutions, charities, schools and private companies in the power of arms, and using multiple pretexts, including the so-called ruse. Judicial guard. “
The University of Science is the largest private university in Yemen, and it was established in 1994 and the number of students enrolled in all its branches is nearly twenty thousand students.
After the Houthi militia took control of the university, in mid-February Al-Mutawakel issued a decision to cancel the 30% reduction discount that had been previously approved by the kidnapped university president, Hamid Aqlan.
Al-Mutawakkil’s decision was to collect all fees from students at an exchange rate of 300 riyals to one dollar.
The decision and the militia’s continued takeover sparked widespread discontent on the part of the students and threatened to escalate against the al-Mutawakel administration, which prompted the latter to issue a decision to cancel the discount discount.
* The Capital Online