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Ethiopia re-arrests recently freed politicians, journalists

 March 26 at 4:08 AM
janoADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia — Ethiopian security forces have re-arrested a number of recently freed politicians and journalists as they gathered for a social event outside the capital, Addis Ababa, with family and friends, a lawyer said Monday.Amha Mekonnen has represented a number of the detainees. The lawyer told the Associated Press the arrests Sunday afternoon occurred because they were accused of displaying a prohibited national flag. “I also understand they were accused of gathering en masse in violation of the state of emergency rule.”

Under Ethiopia’s latest state of emergency declared earlier this year, people are prohibited from such gatherings without authorities’ prior knowledge. A proclamation regarding the use of the Ethiopian flag prohibits the display of the flag without the emblem at its center and those contravening the law could be sentenced to up to a year and a half in prison.

Among those arrested are journalists Eskinder Nega and Temesgen Desalegn, politician Andualem Aragie and prominent blogger Befekadu Hailu.

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  1. Terrorist/mafia/devil/criminal TPLF/EPRDF: free these great, warrior, patriotic and genius Ethiopian jewels/golds effective immediately or else we, the patriotic Ethiopians all over the world are going to come down on you LIKE A TON OF BRICK and CRASH YOU INTO DUST where you belong.

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