Ethiopia: widespread arrests reported after Eid protests

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ሙስሊም(OPride) – Hundreds arrested, beaten, and tear gassed Thursday morning following nationwide Eid day protests, Muslim rights activists said.

Police began rounding up peaceful protesters returning home near the Ministry of Justice in Addis Ababa shortly after the Eid prayers concluded at the national stadium, according to eyewitness reports on Twitter. Those detained were ordered to sit on the ground inside the Ministry’s compound, the reports said.

The state-run Ethiopian Television, ETV, cut its live coverage of the Eid ceremony abruptly as the prayers ended at Addis Ababa Stadium in the capital. At the conclusion of the prayer, activists can be heard chanting “Allah Akbar” in the background – forcing ETV to switch its feeds back to headquarters for hourly news.

In similar protests, police in the northern city of Dessie fired machine guns and tear gas, indiscriminately beating the protesters, according to a Facebook post by activist group, Dimtsachin Yisema. During and after Eid prayers, the group posted live updates in Amharic, including photos, from various locations around the country.

Most of the updates touted the success of a nationwide anti-government demonstration focused on a call for the removal of Ethiopian Islamic Affairs Supreme Council leaders, the Mejlis. “As of today, the illegally elected Mejlis leaders are dismissed by the public,” one banner posted by the group read.

Widespread crackdown and arrests were also reported in Awaday town, Eastern Oromia, and Illu Abba Boora zone, in western Oromia. Thursday’s arrests of Muslim community members in Ethiopia come less than a week after police gunned down some 16 civilians and arrested hundreds in Kofele district, south-central Oromia.

26 Responses to Ethiopia: widespread arrests reported after Eid protests

  1. Eid Mubarak for all of you. This Eid is celebrated under very sad circumstance. The killing in Kofelle last week have left many families without their loved ones. The Ethiopian Muslim leaders are still in Woyane’s jails. Woyane is threatening Ethiopian Muslims with “YeFeyele Wetete” reminiscent of the Derg time. Ethiopians both Christians and Muslims are marching peacefully in all parts of Ethiopia saying No to the Terrorism Law and for the release of Muslim leaders and other political prisoners.

    The one and half year peaceful struggle of Ethiopian Muslims has indeed led the rest of Ethiopia on what peaceful struggle is. I have great respect for fellow Ethiopian Muslims for being peaceful while the government is doing everything to make it otherwise.

    I do believe like many fellow Ethiopians that Ethiopian Muslims struggle is for religious freedom not for establishment of “Islamic Ethiopia” as Woyane tried to sell it in “Jihadawi Harakat” propaganda and fall miserably.

    Eid Mubrak,

    Tedla Asfaw

    Tedla Asfaw
    August 8, 2013 at 7:02 am

    • Yefeyel wetete yalew keweyane lante yiqerbal!

      Akmel
      August 8, 2013 at 12:31 pm

  2. ISLAM IS IN CRISIS WORLD WIDE

    MIDDLE EASTERN INTERNATIONAL TERRORISTS HAVE PENETRATED RADICALZING ETHIOPIANS MUSLIMS TO WAGE WAR AGAINST CHRISTIAN ETHIOPIANS.
    UNLESS SITUATION UNDER CONTROL, ETHIOPIA MAY BECOME TERRORIST CAMP TP OSLAMIST INTERNATIONAL TERRORISTS.

    Abebe G.
    August 8, 2013 at 10:16 am

    • Abebe G (Hagos Kidane) DEDEB AGAME
      Tigryans are in Crisis Worldwide , We Ethioipans would like to see all Tigryans shipped to Sudan where they came from they have always been enemy of Ethiopian Unity

      juma
      August 8, 2013 at 12:09 pm

      • Juma, Tigrians are the one who gave you full freedom and went beyond your right and turn in you to radical group.We all Ethiopians will fight your radicalization idea .

        Tegegne Gebissa
        August 8, 2013 at 3:29 pm

      • Your muslims problem iz not to bring the peace to ethiopia. The musilms stratagey is to spread man made disaster in our homeland ethiopia . But by any means they will not succesess. When im saying this im not suporter the government nor the polotics. I just looked the realty. Imagine arab world middleast hw much horable iz.

        teddy.j
        August 13, 2013 at 9:54 am

    • @ Abebe G. (Hagos or Kidane which one are you…? Meles was ant iChristan and anti Moslem also anti Amhara You must be in the jungle with him learning hate lesson.You are worthles idiot agame who doesent know nothing excep hate
      toward everyone.You all woynai cadres your time is runnig out and u will be out payroll. My hat off for our moslem brother…..DONT GIVE UP

      loloyegermal
      August 8, 2013 at 2:44 pm

    • I have no idea where did you get this information unless you are one of the terrorest group and machine tool for weyane or the fellow of your grand parent Yohannes. wake up my friend. those era are gone.We Muslims fighting the weyane or eprdf forces not absolutely not the Christian brothers and sisters. Read what the Muslims stand for. don’t bring trash comments and ideas, weyane propaganda.

      ahmed
      August 17, 2013 at 11:08 am

  3. Editor,

    This is not a time for government cadres such as Abebe G. to to spread their lies to the general public. There should be a minimum of respect to the bodies of those of who have been killed by TPLF forces. These kinds of people need to be banned from public media.

    Molla
    August 8, 2013 at 12:06 pm

    • Why you don’t want some one who have deferent idea than yours and call them cadres of the government?.Your idea is nothing but un democrat and un civilized backward.

      Tegegne Gebissa
      August 12, 2013 at 8:56 pm

  4. this whabbiya agnts are creating a havoc within the peaceful prayers !!!!

    addis boy
    August 8, 2013 at 12:15 pm

  5. ISLAM should learn to seperate irrational religion from rational politics. Otherwise, an attempt to Islamize or to impose Sheria law on majority ETHIOPIANS (Cheristian Ethiopians) will not work.

    Zeleke
    August 8, 2013 at 12:47 pm

    • Zeleke I hope your full state of mind work very well, if you do you are a part of the problem. No body asking in the Muslim community or Ethiopain Muslims a Sheria. did you get it brother. read and understand what we are asking. don’t be brain washed. Educate yourself. are you blind folded camel?

      ahmed
      August 17, 2013 at 11:14 am

  6. Alahu akbar ” my christian brother’s we do have a country blessed nearly as jerusalem . We love our country like our prophate mohamed(PBUH). Let us talk the truth “ETHIOPIA IS CHRISTIAN STATE FOR about 1000 years till Haile Selasie” We were in Ethiopia during that time as 2nd citizen. SO WE BETTER FEAR THAT CHRISTIAN STATE COME BACK by PEOPLES LIKE”TEDLA ASFAW” AND OTHER ETHIOPIANIST KING LOVER. As muslim we are refusing interference of Gov. In our religion. We are not dreaming islamic state which imposible in ethiopia! Ofcourse in the same talken never dream christian state or christian dominated state in Ethiopia who ever govern the country!! We are 1st citizen of Ethiopia

    JeISA's
    August 8, 2013 at 12:47 pm

  7. There is nothing new on this situation that is broiling in Ethiopia now, it is the part and parcel of our world problem whether the country has majority Muslim or not. However, most people comments are based on short sight of his/her ambition to gamble on unpredictable outcome from this kind of turmoil. As a citizen we have to think and consider the national interest of our people as a major pivotal and as well as the humanity aspect on both sides. We have to learn from other countries having similar problems and also from our past erroneous political movement and action that resulted to what we are now.

    Shiromeda
    August 8, 2013 at 4:42 pm

  8. i do not belive any muslim all of them have a hidden agenda lets alone muslim will kill christains even muslim kills muslim this was a fact since phrophet mohammed time .nice EPRDF keep ur good work on cracking down this illitrate exstrimist

    ababa
    August 8, 2013 at 6:47 pm

    • Ababa you sound very dume stupid and illitrate. just go read a book. You know weyane don’t read or understand what’s why we have all idiots to run this country and train people like to do their dirty job. so be it. what know? we have a right to do what ever we want in our country weather you like it or not. just watch. Justice and freedom for all Ethiopains is coming soon.

      ahmed
      August 17, 2013 at 11:22 am

  9. Abet tikiklighawein Ferd yemset amelak Ethiopian ena hezbochwan yalubeten chenk yemlketena ferdon yefrdaa men yebalale sew begeza hageru yerasu wegen endhe chekeno seyarwetew menorya seyasatwe yemyaye amelake yefredelat lezhech hager.

    Genet
    August 8, 2013 at 7:40 pm

    • Genet,menoria liasatun yeme mokrut eco tikit tsinfagna salafistochu nachew Ethiopian ahun new hagerachin eyaderegin yalew bilew eyefokeru neber betegibar lemadireg eyemokeru new.Beterefe lelochu muslim wendmochachin beselam eyenoruna enesun eyagaletuwachew new.

      Tegegne Gebissa
      August 9, 2013 at 2:46 pm

  10. Running according to the principle: Monkey see, monkey do.
    someone monkeying until it goes wrong.
    religion makes some people stupid and naive.
    you can not build a car but, driving!
    you can not build a computer, but surfing!
    you can not build a Mobile phone, but calls!
    You can not read and write properly, but you cry for democracy.
    democracy is your basic right, but you must know how to deal with democracy. if not, it will be anarchy.
    And the education will help you to keep on your own risk!

    khalid
    August 9, 2013 at 4:07 am

  11. ——- ISLAM IN CRISIS —-

    OUTDATED BACKWARD ISLAM IN WAR WITH THE REST OF THE CIVILIZED WORLD. ISLAM IS THE ONLY RELIGION WHO TEACHES TERRORISM AND KILLING OF NON MUSLIMS IN THE NAME OF RELIGION. THIS ALSO THE MAIN REASON WHY EVERY WHERE AROUND THE WORLD ISLAM INCREASINGLY BECOMING THE MOST HATED RELIGION IN THE WORLD.

    — ISLAM IS WAR AGAINST JEWS

    — ISLAM IS IN WAR AGAINST CHRISTIANS

    — ISLAM IS IN WAR AGAINST BUDDA

    — ISLAM IS WAR AGAINST HINDU

    — ISLAM IS IN WAR AGAINST SIICK

    — ISLAM IS WAR AGAINST AMERICA

    — IISLAM IS IN WAR AGAINST CANADA

    — ISLAM IS IN WAR AGAINST EUROPE

    — ISLAM IS IN WAR AGAINST ASIA

    — ISLAM IS IN WAR AGAINST AFRICAN CHRISTIANS

    — ISLAM IS IN WAR AGAINST WOMEN EQUALITY

    — ISLAM IS IN WAR WITH IDEOLOGY OF FREEDOM AND DEMOCRACY.

    — ISLAM IS IN WAR IN MIDDLE EAST’S CHRISTIANS AND JEWS MINORITIES

    — ISLAM IS IN WAR WITH EACHOTHER IN MIDDLE EAST, THE ENTIRE MIDDLE EAST IS CATCHING IN SOCIAL UNREST ABD CHAOS.

    Abebe G.
    August 9, 2013 at 4:45 am

  12. the ethno-fascist Tigre people liberation front came to Addis Abeba on through the barrel of a gun. This gun toting fascist organisation can only be eliminated by a united struggle of the ethiopian people.

    Tigre people liberation force has cultivated the art of causing division and animosity between various groups in our country to help it maintain its fascist occupation for so long.

    Killing people is second nature to these ruthless fascists , and every ethiopian has to rise up with stick,stones and bricks and drive away these fascists from the land.

    The struggle is gaining momentum against the fascist Tigre people liberation front and this brutal organisation is now behaving like a wounded beast trying to bite every one.

    They have deployed their ethnic militia called the Agazi, in a desperate attempt to put down the uprising in every part of Ethiopia.

    Down with ethno fascism of tigre liberation front

    LONG LIVE ETHIOPIA

    mossad
    August 9, 2013 at 6:14 am

    • Mossad I agree with you totally 100%+ . but do we the power to drive them out? or just talking. talking is not a solution you have to add Action to it. We Muslims we are doing VERY PEACEFUL DEMONSTRATION around the clock throughout Ethiopia. Now can our Christian brothers and sisters can you join the Muslim movement? are you guys ready to join us? We are determined to do what ever it takes to have our right respected. you see all the time what we are paying our life. So is Ethiopain Christains and Muslims join hand in hand fight, die, all. Ok join us. see you there in addis Ababa Abiot Adebabay or @ any mesajed or call from any church we will join you. God bless Ethiopia.

      ahmed
      August 17, 2013 at 11:37 am

  13. I entirely agree with the above comment by mossad

    Robele Ababya
    August 10, 2013 at 4:37 am

  14. Why do Muslims allow hate and Islamist terrorism to be preached in mosques ?

    Because Religion supposed to be free of evil act, but it seems Islam increasingly allow islamist terrorist to attack non Muslims civilians by promising them heaven with 70 virgins girls, reward for terrorizing and killing of Jews,Christians,Hindus or budda etc…..,
    How does uncivilized islam expect to coexist with the rest of the civilized world in general when constantly acting like irrational savage animals ?
    Because, I am concern if the trend continues as it did for the last 10 years, Muslims will face unpleasant future world wide.

    The hate, the civil war and the endless cruel terrorism bombardment of each other that we are witnessing today in the Muslims world ( Midde East) may become the result unless Muslim smart up and think twice before they give green light for terrorizing and killing of non Muslims world wide. Muslim should be very careful not to open the floodgate since the outcome may not be pleasant one, Muslims should not confused the civility of non Muslims as weakness.

    Amare Taye
    August 10, 2013 at 8:20 am

  15. Our Muslim brothers used to be living equally peacefully with the rest of the citizens. But these days since the 9/11 things have been changed dramatically to irrationality and only islamic ideas. These things are coming from the source of radical beliefes of the Talibans and the likes. The terrorists and irrational thinkings are running around and investing a lot of money to make sure this is a net work of the globe. We all should stop for a moment and think where this is going. This is worst than the second world war. Religious extremesim is not something you can easily reverse it. We all shoud say no to extremesim at all levels. So think where this is heading. We don’t see extremesim in other religions and I wonder why.

    Selamawit
    August 12, 2013 at 2:11 am