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  • 'Several killed' as Ethiopia police clash with protesters

     

    Several people are feared dead in clashes in north-western Ethiopia between police and anti-government protesters, amid a wave of unrest.

    On Friday police arrested dozens of demonstrators during massive rallies in the capital, Addis Ababa.

    Since last November the government has been facing protests from the two largest ethnic communities over alleged human rights abuses and other issues.

    Authorities have banned demonstrations and blocked social media.

    Despite the ban, people took to the streets in several parts of the country for a third consecutive day on Sunday, Emmanuel Igunza reports from Addis Ababa.

    The worst violence took place in the north-western city of Bahir Dar in the Amhara region - the homeland of the Amhara people.

    Police used tear gas and fired in the air to disperse thousands of people who had blocked roads and chanted anti-government slogans.

    Unconfirmed reports say several people were killed. One resident told the BBC he had seen a friend being shot in the head by security forces.

    The Oromo protests and Ethiopian unity

    Overnight protests continued in the Oromia region, which surrounds Addis Ababa, with police arresting dozens of people.

    The unrest was sparked last November by a plan to expand the capital into Oromia. This led to fears farmers from the Oromo ethnic group, the largest in Ethiopia, would be displaced.

    The plan was later dropped but protests continued, highlighting issues such as marginalisation and human rights.

    Oromo activists say police have killed hundreds and arrested thousands of people from their community in recent months.

    Source: BBC

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  • Today in history: Mengistu Haile-mariam “fled” to Zimbabwe

    Lieutenant-colonelMengistu Haile-mariam was a popular army officer in Ethiopia who turned to be the most prominent officer of the Derg, the Communist military junta that governed Ethiopia from 1974 to 1987, and installed as ruler of Ethiopia following the country's 1974 revolution.

    He remained in power for seventeen years, and his attempt to mold the country into a Soviet-style socialist paradise plunged it into a brutal reign of terror instead. Ethiopia's government-sanctioned campaign of political repression resulted in an estimated 150,000 deaths, and Mengistu became known as "the Butcher of Addis Ababa" for it.

    In 1980 Mengistu announced the formation of the Committee to Form the Party of the Workers of Ethiopia, with himself as chair.

    Four years later a full-fledged Party of the Workers of Ethiopia was established, modeled on the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, and again Mengistu was its chief.

    Fifteen years after his 1991 flight into exile, he was tried in absentia and found guilty of genocide. He remains in Zimbabwe, in a walled compound, but the legacy of the long and bloody rule under his leadership remain poignant in Ethiopian history.  

    Despite arguments have continued about Mengistu's flee to Zimabwe, however, there are people who still believe he is a lone patriot history showed on the land.  

    Short Profile

    Born in 1937 in Wolayta, Ethiopia; son of a soldier and a domestic.

    Family: Married Wubanchi Bishaw; five children.

    Education: Graduated from Holeta Military Academy, 1966; received advanced military training in the United States, late 1960s.

    Career: Officer with the Ethiopian army, after 1966; head of Ethiopian government, 1974-91; Armed Forces Coordinating Committee (Derg), member, 1974-91, and chair, after July 1974; Provisional Military Administrative Council, first vice chair, 1974-77, and chair, 1977-92; commander in chief of the Ethiopian armed forces, February 1977-May 1991; Workers' Party of Ethiopia, secretary general, 1984-91.

    Current Residence: Zimbabwe

     

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  • Teddy Afro’s VCD album releases this week

     

    (by Andegna.Com) Teddy Afro’s new music VCD that consisted ten music collections from live performances at Ghion Hotel in Addis and from around the world is expected to be released this week.

    The official release of the VCD was first planned to be on Monday, confirmed Ambassel Music and Film Production Plc, a company in charge of producing and distribution of the new VCD album, however, Ambassel said there is huge demand for the album taking the release day to be either this Tuesday or Wednesday.

    Although, the number of copies are not yet specified. Ambassel said it is making more copies of the VCDs.

    It was very recent that, we reported that, the artist is coming with a new music album and a book of his work. Teddy has been denied major concerts at home including the 1.3 million Birr deal with Habesha Weekly plc, an event organizer, for a concert which was expected to stage at Ghion Hotel in Addis recently.  (Andegna.com)

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  • Great Manchester Run: Kenenisa Bekele & Tirunesh Dibaba win

     

    Three-time Olympic champion Kenenisa Bekele won the men's race at the Great Manchester Run, finishing the 10km course in a time of 28 minutes and seven seconds.

    Kenya's Wilson Kipsang finished second.

    The result was mirrored in the women's race as Bekele's fellow Ethiopian Tirunesh Dibaba beat Kenyan Edna Kiplagat, finishing in 31mins 16secs.

     

    Source: BBC

     

     

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  • Government planning a meeting with oppositions amid protests and online calls for more protest rallies

    Online activists of the #OromoProtest, a persistent anti-government protest by Ethiopia’s largest ethnic group, the Oromo, have called for massive protest rallies throughout the Oromia regional state, the largest among the nine regional states in Ethiopia. Accordingly, activists are calling on a region-wide protest on August 06 to continue the protest that first flared up on November 12, 2015 in Ginchi, a small town some 80 Kms South West of the Capital Addis Abeba.

    In a related news, reliable sources told Addis Standard that the government in Ethiopia is planning to call a meeting at the end of this month with opposition party representatives “both inside and outside the county” to be held at the African Union (AU) aimed at discussing the political impasse the country seems to be in. Titled “Peace Building and National Consensus”, the meeting is requested by the government and is expected to be facilitated by the AU, Addis standard learned. However our attempts to get official confirmation were to no avail.

    The call for more protest rallies by the #OromoProtest online activists follows another massive rally held in the last weekend in the Gonder city of the Amahara regional state in the north. The peaceful protests in Gonder, which attracted more than half a million participants, followed another protest held between July 12th and 14th in which more than a dozen people were killed.

    The protest related death in itself followed a raid by heavily armed federal security forces, including the Anti-Terrorism special force, targeting members of the Wolkayit community who have been protesting against the federal government’s decision to incorporate the area where the community lives into the Tigray regional state. The Wolkayit community members also reject the idea of them being ethnically considered as Tigrayan and want to identify themselves as Amhara.
    More than 400 Oromos were killed by security forces since then, according to a recent report by Human Rights Watch (HRW).  In Addition to the report by the HRW, activists are also documenting the death, injuries and forced disappearances of individuals from areas where protests are taking place. Hundreds of University students have also been dismissed from several state universities located in the region.

    Government dismisses the rally
    The online calls for more rallies were dismissed first by Muktar Kedir, President of the Oromia regional state. In astatement he gave to state controlled and affiliated media last night, the president insisted that the protests rallies were illegal because the regional government has received no prior notification from the organizers.

    In Addition, in a press statement he gave to government filtered media organization today, Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalgn dismissed the legality of the planed protest rallies and said his government was ready to discuss public discontents with the people of Ethiopia. But he cautioned the people of the country not to be misled by social media calls protests and added the government will be forced to take mesasures against “illegal activities,” according to a report filed by state run Fana Broadcasting Corporation.

    However, in a letter of notice addressed to Abbaa Duulaa Gammadaa, Speaker of the House of Representatives, Muktar Kedir, President of the National Regional State of Oromia, Ibrahim Haji, Commissioner of Oromia Police and , all City Councils in charge of matters pertaining to Public Political meetings and Peaceful Demonstration, the online activists evoke Proclamation No 3/1991 that says “people who seek to stage public political meetings and peaceful demonstrations have a mere duty of notification.”

    Source: Addis Standard 

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