Letting the qat out of the bag…
Not really. See, those shots are taken in the morning, when there’s plenty of rage.
Only in the morning? What happens in the afternoon?
According to our stories, the people go off and get stoned on a stimulant leaf called qat, which more than half of Yemen’s population chews daily.
It’s the reason why they seem a lot more mellow as the day wears on. It’s also the reason they look like Popeye the Sailor, with bulging cheeks full of green glop.
Hardly. It’s the country’s top cash crop.
But that’s incredible! What’s to stop the government soldiers from coming after the vulnerable protesters while they’re stoned in the afternoons?
You see that dude saluting in the top photo?
He’s a soldier.
Top: A Yemeni soldier chewing qat salutes during an anti-government rally to demand the ouster of Yemen’s President Ali Abdullah Saleh in Sanaa, May 9, 2011. REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah
Combo left: An anti-government protester chews qat as he attends a rally to demand the ouster of Yemen’s President Ali Abdullah Saleh in Sanaa, May 12, 2011. REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah
Combo right: An anti-government protester shouts slogans as he chews qat during a sit-in in Sanaa, April 4, 2011. REUTERS/Khaled Abdullah
Lower right: An anti-government protester chews qat during a rally in Sanaa, May 8, 2011. REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah