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Hasan al-Zaidi ( YEMEN POST STAFF )
Article Date: October 20, 2008
Local sources from Yaf'e, a mountainous area in the southern of Yemen, said that tribal men from Yaf'e's Nakheb region managed to transfer Hassan Ba-Aum, a leader in the Southern Movement to a safe place, where he could avoid governmental forces who were searching for him.
Ba–Aum's son told media that hundreds of tribal men have managed to protect his father from armed forces that wanted to arrest him and take him back to prison.
Sources mentioned that the armed forces are believed to have orders from higher authorities to arrest those who were released from prison lately by President Saleh.
Security forces have been distributing the names of those who were released to all police stations throughout the country in an effort to arrest them again.
Meanwhile, specialized penal court started trialing Hassan Ba-Aum, Ali Monasser, and Yahya Khaleb as they are suspected to be behind actions that would harm the unity of the country.
Last month, President Saleh ordered the release of 864 demonstrators arrested during protests in the southern part of Yemen.
As Yemen was doing a good job in hunting down Al-Qaeda elements across the country and managed months ago to end the ongoing war in Sa'ada, the southern issue opened the door for new erupting problems in the country.Former military generals, unemployed professionals, and disgruntled youth across the south claim that the north is economically more developed than the south, and that northerners are favored by the government in Sana'a.