He opens the article by quoting some of the chants he heard in Radfan on Monday. For those interested in rhyming Arabic chants of opposition I would recommend the opening paragraph, the first of which I'm translating (loosely) as "Revolt, Revolt O' South/Out, Out O' Colonialism" - it sounds much better in the original Arabic, trust me. And if anyone has a better translation for barra', I'm all ears.
Al-Hammadi claims that the increasing tensions have led Salih to make his first trip south this summer under the guise of a military tour. The assumption here, of course, is that Salih's tour will give him a better impression of how to ease the rising pressure and somehow find a way to limit the conflicts between the military and protesters. But Salih's description of the military as a cork to preserve the integrity of the country's unity does not sound promising, at least for those hoping for fewer clashes.