Embassy security officer detained after shooting at protesters (By Abebe Gellaw)

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Dozens of peaceful protesters who descended on the Ethiopian Embassy, located in North West Washington D.C., to protest recent massacres in Ogaden and Gambela regions were met with gunshots in the embassy compound. U.S. Secret Service announced earlier today that it had detained a man in connection with the shooting incident. Ethiopian-Embassy-Shooting.png
Embassy insiders named the shooter as Solomon “Wodi Weyni”, who is said to be a security chief at the Ethiopian embassy. The man is said to be a member of the Tigray People’s Liberation Front, the core of the ruling ethnic junta.
While Shimelis Terefe, a D.C-based activist, was trying to hoist the widely popular Ethiopian flag that does not bear the emblem of the TPLF regime, Wodi Weyni started shooting without any warning. When the protesters confronted him and demanded him to put down his gun, he fired more shots threatening to kill them. According to the protesters, at least three shots were fired and a car parked nearby was hit by a bullet.

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One of the protesters, Yohaness Gurmu, described the scene as chaotic when the unarmed protesters boldly confronted the security chief. “The man continued brandishing his gun and shooting towards us. But we did not disperse in fear even if he was threatening to kill us.”
Ambassador Girma Birru and a few embassy staff members reportedly came rushing and took the shooter inside the embassy building. But U.S. Secret Service agents and the police reportedly arrived on the scene within a few minutes. State Departent officials were also said to be on scene to investigate the incident.
Inside the lobby, the activists, who were holding pictures of jailed journalists and bloggers, repeatedly chanted “freedom!freedom!freedom.”
U.S. Secret Service spokesman Brian Leary said in a statement emailed to reporters that the agency investigated a report of shots fired around 12:15 p.m. Monday. “They detained a man believed to be the shooter,” he said.
The embassy, which was temporarily sealed off by the police, did not answer repeated phone calls.

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  1. Why do u always negative for any action ? What type of Ethiopia do u want to form? Do u think that if ur group come to power, will u alow ur oponet to critize u group? From ur action u will not allow and the action will be sever because you always think all people speak and judged by one common language other wise u will level the people as anti Eth.and may force to leave the country. All region now in a better condition due to the effort of EPRDF. The development schedule planed is very promising that brings people many steps forward. One good example is GERD but u are against it without any scientific reasons. Dream good luck for ur people and country. No one will benefit from civil war except our enemies Egypt and Eritrea.

  2. Abebe is person with no brain. I wonder who gave him his first degree. He is among the most uncivilized and outdated people who always struggle with negativity and inferiority. He has been doing now for the last many years. He is getting older with this attitude and he will die with the same. It is imminent to see how greedy and selfish he is running all the time to make himself famous. But the time is leaving you behind because our thinking has far advanced and we know which one is better to ethiopians. The ruling regime is laughing at you, and indeed as the matter fact, I do not think they have time to have you in their mind. It is you and the like who keep opposition parties weak and of low moral standard with no discipline being engulfed by their emotions. We now look at character not at your articles and talk. Abebe-YOu are a failure.
    Just-you are little boy. grow older to think better in an intellectual manner. Be reasonable, logical and realistic. Indeed-be genuine.

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