Heavy gunfire in the city of Bahir Dar- Several killed, dozens arrested as anti-government protests continue

bahirdar3Africanews — Anti-government protesters have remobilised in the northern Ethiopian city of Bahir Dar on Sunday to continue the nationwide demonstration that was marked by violence on Saturday in the capital Addis Ababa and the northern regions of Amhara and Oromia.

There are reports of heavy gunfire in the city which is also the capital of the Amhara region.

At least seven people were killed during Saturday’s clashes with the police in the Oromia region while dozens of protesters calling for a regime change in Ethiopia have been arrested, AFP reports.

Erupting in the capital for the first time, hundreds of chanting protesters tried to access the historic Meskel square in downtown Addis Ababa resulting in violence as police tried to stop them.

Video images showed police beat up the protesters while dozens were arrested.

The actual number of casualties nationwide cannot be confirmed due to the cut in internet connectivity in most parts of the country.

The protesters accuse the Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) led government affiliated to the Tigrayan People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) of marginalising the poor largest northern regions of Amhara and Oromia. They also demand the release of arrested activists.

“This is a mass civil disobedience movement that is not being organized by political parties. People are tired of this regime and express their anger everywhere,” a popular Ethiopian opposition figure and chairman of the Oromo People’s Congress, Merera Gudina, told AFP.

On Friday, Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn announced the ban on demonstrations and authorized the police to use all necessary means to prevent them.

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2 Responses to Heavy gunfire in the city of Bahir Dar- Several killed, dozens arrested as anti-government protests continue

  1. ጌድዮን

    August 7, 2016 at 4:29 PM

    የጎንደር ከተማ ጎልማሳ ህዝብ ከእንግዲህ በህወሃት /ኢህአዴግ አንገዛም አለ::
    የጎንደር ከተማ አማራ ህዝብ ገንፍሎ በመውጣት በህዋሀት ኢህአዴግ ላይ ያለውን ተቃውሞ ሲያሰማ ውሎአል። ከእየቦታው የተሰባሰበው የአጋዚ ጦር በህዝቡ ላይ በቀጥታ በመተኮስ ከፍተኛ ጉዳት አድርሷል። በአዘዞ በአርሶአደር ታጣቂዎችና በመከላከያ ሰራዊት አባላት መካከል የተኩስ ልውውጥ ተደርጓል። የህዝቡን ትግል ለመርዳት ከወልቃይትና ከተለያዩ አካባቢዎች የተሰባሰቡ ታጣቂዎች ወደ ጎንደር መግባታቸውን ተከትሎ ወታደሮቹ ጥቃታቸውን ቀንሰዋል። በልዩ ሃይል እና በመከላከያ መካከል ልዩነት መፈጠሩንም የሚደርሱን መረጃዎች ያመለክታሉ።
    ምንም እንኳ እስካሁን የሞቱ ሰዎችን ቁጥር በትክክል ለማወቅ ባይቻልም፣ በአዘዞና በጎንደር በአጠቃላይ ከ37 ያላነሱ ሰዎች ተገድለዋል። ከተገደሉት መካከል 2ቱ ሴቶች ናቸው። በጎንደርም ከገዢው ፓርቲ ጋር ግንኙነት አላቸው የተባሉ የተለያዩ የንግድ መደብሮች ወድመዋል። በአዘዞ ደግሞ ፖሊስ ጣቢያውና አንድ ሆቴል ተቃጥሎአል። የአማራ ብድርና ቁጠባ ተቋምም ተሰባብሯል። የዳሽን ቢራ አርማን የሰቀሉ ሆቴሎች አርማቸው እንዲወርድ ተደርጎ ተቀዳዷል።
    ጉራ የሚያበዛው የጎንደር ከተማ ጎልማሳ ህዝብ ከእንግዲህ በህወሃት /ኢህአዴግ አንገዛም አለ::እስከአሁን ድረስ 25 አመታትስ የጎንደር ህዝብ በህወሃት /ኢህአዴግ እገዛለሁ ብሎ ተስማምቶ ኖርዋል ወይ? 25 አመታት ሙሉ ስንት እና ስንት የመላው የጎንደር ከተማ አማራ ህዝብ ሲሞት ኢና ሲታሰር የጎንደር ህዝብ በህወሃት /ኢህአዴግ እገዛለሁ ብሎ ተስማምቶ ኖርዋል ወይ? አልተስማማም !

  2. Just mad

    August 9, 2016 at 10:54 AM

    Bahir Dar can not and should not let these acts of terrorism by the government stand . The security forces and their masters who murdered peaceful protesters have to be hunted down and face the same fate that they Inhumanely and callously dealt against the peaceful citizens .