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Ethiopia: Unrest in Addis Ababa and protests on the outskirts


Protesters on the outskirts of Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa are attacking government properties. In central Addis Ababa business owners are closing shops.The regime in Addis are shutting down internet and mobile phone services.

Huge protest going on in cities surrounding Addis Ababa

ESAT (December 17, 2015)

Thousands of Ethiopians staged anti-government protest in Sululta, 26km north of Addis Ababa as regime’s helicopters hoover around the town to scare off the protesters.

Eyewitnesses who spoke to ESAT on the phone said the Addis Ababa–Gojjam-Gondar main highway between Dil Ber and Chancho was entirely blocked by the protestors who demanded for the respect of the rights of Oromo farmers around the city whose farmland has been the target of government’s master plan to incorporate to the capital city.

Protestors blocked the road by piling-up rocks, parking tanker trucks in the middle of the road, and setting tires on fire on the main highways.

Witnesses said several people were beaten by the federal police during the protest and government Special Forces. Police also used tear gas on the protesters.

One of the witnesses who wish to remain anonymous said, “gunshots were heard in the town to disperse the thousands of protestors who also came from the vicinity of Sululta to express their disapproval against the Integrated Master Plan.” A local administration office was also set ablaze by angry protestors.

More than 300 people including government workers, including those who did not take part at the protest, were reportedly arrested in the evening, according to sources. Three helicopters were seen hovering over the sky to scare the protestors away, it was learnt. An eyewitness said several people left the town to escape from police brutality.

In the capital Addis Ababa police have been stopping and searching pedestrians and vehicles, sources told ESAT.

In a related news, protest against the integrated Master Plan was held in Aleltu, and Meta Robe towns in West Shewa and Obdi town in West Wellega.

The regime cadres distributed nefarious leaflets containing ethnic slurs in some schools and colleges to incite violence between Amharas and Oromos. However, both Amhara and Oromo activists and protesers overlooked such moves, for it was the conspiracy and divisive tactic used by the regime for 25 years. ESAT sources said students and the wider public ignored the plot by the regime cadres and focused on the struggle to remove the dictatorial regime in Addis Ababa.

Analyst say TPLF has never had encountered such kind of strategic resistance in the past. Political leaders in the country and abroad urge all Ethiopians to demand not only the government put-off the master plan, but also introduce democratic system and respect for human rights. They say that if the current protest is crushed without achieving a significant result, it may bring a devastating effect on the struggle for freedom and democracy the people of Ethiopia are aspiring for. They say it is high time Ethiopians form a transitional government.

So far sources said at least 72 people were shot dead by the regime security forces in the Ormia region.