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Renewed protests in Ethiopia’s northern city of Gondar

Posted at 15:42

Anti-government demonstrations have broken out for a second time within in a week in Ethiopia’s northern city of Gondar.

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A resident of the city has told the BBC’s Emmanuel Igunza in Addis Ababa that there are chaotic scenes as hundreds of people took to the streets.

Images circulating on social media also show a lot of people demonstrating – but these have not been verified.

The protests started this morning from the city’s court and then demonstrators reportedly clashed with police

Earlier today, Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn described last Saturday’s demonstration as “unauthorised” (see earlier post).

At the root of the protests is a request by representatives from the Welkait community – known as the Welkait Amhara Identity Committee – that their land, which is currently administered by the Tigray regional state, be moved into neighbouring Amhara region.

But wider grievances have also been raised.

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  1. i see a motionless man with a blow on his head lying while what appears to be onlookers watching his life escaping him. Did anybody try to help him, to stop the bleeding and perhaps transport him to a healthcare facility? Is he dead? Was he a protester? What caused the gruesome blow on the back of his head? Was his struck by a bullet? I saw similar pictures awhile back somewhere in the south: someone like them bleeding while onlookers around him snapping pictures instead of trying to help him? What is the Ethiopian society turning into? What is next, may be dragging a dead body like the somalis? This is shameful. If you are to accompany a story with a picture of this nature, at least provide us a caption.

  2. What heroic kids!!! Stay on your peaceful protest until your legitimate demands are met. Just stay away from wanton violence and destruction. Admonish and rein in on those among you who are itching on or hell bent destroying any objects of development. Do not cause damage to any vehicles you come across during your demonstrations and leave hotels, factories and restaurants alone. You must protect and guard all these establishments whoever owns them. Stay peaceful and vocal.
    In the meantime, I urge the good editors of this esteemed website to do everything at their disposal and help my advice reach these gallant kids who are in the streets doing their historical duties. You see, the youth of that country has seen enough violence. Its entire cream of the crop was wiped out by that demon Mengistu and the civil wars he helped spread throughout of the country in the 1970’s and 80’s. It took more than 3 decades to start recovering. You see, some of the honchos who are in the positions of steering the current regime are sworn violent individuals. In situations like this they dream about incidences that will put situations in their favor to go out on killing spree. What distinguish these very few individuals at the helm of the ruling clique from demonic Mengistu is the fact that they enjoy the backing of almost every Western nation and the sky high financial/technical support of China. This is the fact on the ground. And the Western nations have legitimate reasons to back the current regime. There is a lot done in several areas of development. In the process there is also a lot to be complained about in the areas of the rights of the individual. We hear that the wealth of the nation has accumulated in the hands of the very few when many have lost hope in their livelihood. I can not boldly claim that the wealth has been amassed around one specific clan or ethnic group. My faith and the promise I am bound by it does not allow come to such conclusion until I see a statistics by a neutral individual or group. But my suspicion is there. And I abhor suspicion. I hear a lot from my relatives who are small time merchants and traders and in the positions of looking from different positions. I hear from them and have a lot of stories about this Organization called EFFORT. It is a gun totting business outfit. When I say gun I am not limiting myself to run-of-the mill AK47’s but missiles, howitzers and possibly SU-30’s. Unless these few thuggish individuals are smartly isolated from their ethnic outfit they will use every trick in the book and instruments of violence to maintain the status quo. It is apparent that they are using their own ethnic group as human shields. They are using every violence that targeted their properties as a testimony that the demonstrators are targeting the entire people of Tigray. They had this shtick during their days in the bush. After marching into Addis(Finfene) they have released many documentaries to suggest that most of the victims during demonic Mengistu’s Red Terror were people who hailed from Tigray when the evidence is to the contrary. They are now saying that the Gonderians are targeting Tigrayans; Oromos are targeting Tigrayans. The only one left is Linda Tripp from 22 years ago. Every one over there is ganging up on them, they say. That is what they have been telling the so gullible people of Tigray. And the way the opposition laying out it complaints does everything possible to fan the fear the people of Tigray feel at the moment. They read so many disparaging articles and diatribes against their beloved organization the TPLF and namesake Woyane movement. There is nothing that can be done to wean them off this organization and fable. Nothing! They have been told about contemporary story of Rwanda and Radio Télévision Libre des Mille Collines (RTLMC). Didn’t the late PM come up with the formula – Tutsis = Tigrayans? That was followed by the killing of close to 200 demonstrators in 2005. You see, to me and this is based on my own experience that the people of Tigray are peace aspiring and harmonious people just like any other ethnic group. They have legitimate and historical reasons to congregate around the TPLF(AKA Woyane). All disparaging of this front should immediately stop and in stead the complaints should be leveled against individuals in the EPRDF. The demonstrating youth should be told to refrain from any form of violence and keep hands off all item of development. ‘I am gonna do you Watts’ will not further the accord but plays smack into the playbook of these very few individuals. Violence and destruction will not attract foreign investors either. Many of them are eager to do just that and some of them are already investing their millions in that country. But any mob violence organized or spontaneous will force them to leave and once they pack up and leave they may not come back. That would be the worst news for the people of that historic and very proud people. Industrialization is the only way to yank the people away from unsustainable agrarian and archaic lifestyle. Industrialization is the only means that can liberate the women of that country and unless they are liberated the population will continue to explode. As I had mentioned in my comments so several times in the past I would like to see women of my own Itu clan working in the factories, operating modern machineries and as lead women, factory managers and owners in stead of staying home whose function is to make their lazy bum husbands happy and incubate babies by droves. This has been my wish for every woman of every ethnic group there. Again, unless the women are liberated by driving them out of their houses into factories and offices during the development process, you can forget about improvement of living standards and population control. Just forget about it!!!

  3. Do Addis Abeba people special soul and flesh?
    Dictators can kill the flesh;not popular demand.But what strikes me is the bias of international media despite the fact that dictators are killing in hundreds they keep on not reporting.

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