15 Arrested Today at Let Yemen Live! Nonviolent Civil Disobedience at the Saudi & U.S. Missions to the United Nations Human Rights Day

 At 43rd Street and 1st Ave starting around 10:30 am demonstrators showed up by the United Nations to protest the United States’ involvement and supporting Saudi Arabia in creating a humanitarian crisis in Yemen. 

According to Mercy Corps www.mercycorps.org

Displaced children in Yemen are suffering, facing conflict, hunger and possible starvation. Already, more than 2 million children are malnourished, and more than 7 million people are on the brink of famine.

Children and families in Yemen are facing the threat of starvation. The U.N. recently warned that the escalating crisis in Yemen could lead to “the largest famine the world has seen for many decades, with millions of victims.”

We must act now to prevent further catastrophe. You can help us deliver more lifesaving relief to people around the world by making a gift to our Humanitarian Response Fund today.

From the World Can’t Wait web page,,


  • Lift the blockade and allow food and medical assistance to be delivered
  • Cease all attacks on schools, hospitals, water treatment plants and civilians
  • End US military assistance, including refueling, to Saudi Arabia
  • Urge all sides to refrain from war crimes and pursue a negotiated end to civil war

Residents inspect a house that was damaged during a January 29 U.S. Navy SEAL raid on the tiny village of al Ghayil, in central Yemen. U.S. helicopters indiscriminately bombarded the entire village, destroying stone huts as families slept and gunning people down as they fled, even wiping out people’s livestock. About 23 unarmed civilians were killed, including at least nine children under age 13. (AP Photo)


According to the media outlet Aljazeera,, http://www.aljazeera.com/programmes/insidestory/2017/11/yemen-humanitarian-crisis-solved-171116184856893.html

How can Yemen’s humanitarian crisis be solved?

Humanitarian aid agencies are calling on Saudi Arabia to completely lift its air, sea and land blockade of Yemen. They are warning millions are at risk as aid supplies are blocked from getting into the country.

Yemen is also in the middle of a devastating cholera outbreak that has killed at least 2,000 people since April. Saudi Arabia now says it is opening some of the ports but workers at Hudaida port – the main entry point for relief supplies – say it remains shut.

The situation is made worse by a prolonged political crisis, with many of the players too deeply divided to find a solution.

So what is the solution for what the UN is calling the world’s worst humanitarian crisis?

Demonstrators displaying photos of children malnourished and dehydrating from the cholera outbreak due to the blockade by Saudi Arabia preventing much needed medical supplies and food to enter Yemen.


for video footage from today’s event se my youtube channel April Watters,, https://youtu.be/Jaciii2EUrI

Outside the UN Plaza at 45th street and 1st avenue today demonstrators blocked the entrance as part of non-violent, civil disobedience to United States support of Saudi Arabia and it’s genocide of a poor and defenseless population. 15 demonstrators were arrested.

Elderly demonstrators being arrested outside the UN Plaza today to resist the United States’ support of Saudi Arabia’s genocide of the people and children in Yemen.

Sander Hicks was also one of those arrested today at the protest against the genocide of the people in Yemen and the continuous blockade of much needed water, medical supplies and food.


Sander Hicks is also running for Congress,, “We don’t want any more burnt-out politicians going through the motions, believing everything the war-mongers tell them, voting for all the wars, and all the bailouts, and just flat-out ignoring the people. We, the People, have serious needs. And the system seems to not care”. From his website https://www.hicksforcongress.com/

Today’s event was Endorsed by: World Can’t Wait, Voices for Creative Nonviolence, World Beyond War, Code Pink, Pax Christi Metro NY, Peace Action NY, NYC Raging Grannies, Kairos Community, KnowDrones.com, Action Corp NYC, Granny Peace Brigade, Uptown Progressive Action, Sander Hicks for Congress, Rise and Resist NY, Women in Black Union Square, Veterans For Peace – NYC Chap. 034, NYC War Resisters League.

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