I would draw attention to this quote towards the end of the piece by Said Thabet:
“The use of force in dealing with the protests will not improve but further worsen the situation. But, at the same time, calling for independence is not logical as this makes them lose public sympathy. Yemenis in general feel there is need for drastic reform and a war on corruption,” said Mr Thabet, the political analyst.
I know Said and while I respect his opinion and his work, I think here he may be confusing public opinion in the north with that of Yemen as a whole.