Houthis tax cripples sport clubs, Internet cafes

Houthis tax cripples sport clubs, Internet cafes صورة تعبيرية

Alsahwa Net-The Houthis militia launched on the last two days a campaign of illegal tax collection targeted sport centers and Internet cafes in the capital Sana’a.

Sources quoted by the London-based Asharq Al-Awsat daily Newspaper said that the Houthis officials shut down over 22 sport clubs, 38 Internet cafes, 19 rest houses using the claim of banning gatherings to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

This is the first time, the Houthis target sport clubs, otherwise Internet cafes have been vulnerable to chains of intimidations for the past five years.

The sources said that the Houthis officials asked managers of the sport clubs and Internet cafes willing to reopen to pay money.

Management staff and owners of the sport clubs and Internet cafes appealed to local and international human rights organizations to intervene at removing this intimidation.

Each business is required to pay YR150,000 ($250) to reopen.

Local sources said that the Houthis intimidate sport cubs at this time to tighten the noose on users of the sport clubs to force them join the Houthis-indoctrination summer camps.

The Houthis have been intimidating private businesses in Sana’a and extorting money using the claim of fighting the Covid-19.

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