Houthis mount intimidation against businesses

Houthis mount intimidation against businesses

Alsahwa Net- Several citizens in the Houthis-held Sana’a complained about increasing frequency of Houthis intimidation against businesses.


Reported intimidations that target both large and small businesses included collection of illegal taxes and forcible donations.

The Houthis have been intimidating businesses since their seizure of the capital Sana’a in September 2014. 

“The Houthis militants informed me that I must pay YR0.5 million as annual tax for the military efforts,” said one merchant who asked not to be named.

“The Houthis supervisor in my area threatened me to take my son if I did not pay what they asked,” the merchant said.

A wholesale merchant, Hamid Ahmed said that the Houthis use all extortion methods to force them pay illegal taxes and that merchants have no choice, but to increase the price that worsens living conditions to citizens.

Abu Hadi, another merchant who spoke to Alsahwa Net, said that the Houthis imprison any merchant who refuses to pay and shut down his business.

He added that the Houthis forced him to pay 15 percent of his sales profits to the Houthis benefit.

These exorbitant taxes on businesses and commercial shops eventually paid by consumers who suffer worse living standards brought by the Houthis’ coup.

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