Tens of thousands of protesters call for a regime change in Ethiopia

Tens of thousands of protesters call for a regime change in Ethiopia

Tens of thousands of protesters call for a regime change in Ethiopia

31-07-2016

Tens of thousands of protesters have flooded the streets of Gonder in the Amhara region of northern Ethiopia on Sunday demanding a change of government due to the unfair distribution of wealth in the country.

The protest, reported to have been staged in defiance of a government order, is also in solidarity with the Oromia protests held between November last year to March 2016 in opposition to a government development plan in the region which could affect poor farmers.

Images posted by protesters and other eye witnesses on social media show hundreds of thousands of people carrying Ethiopian flags and placards singing and chanting against the government’s regime.

Some placards demanded the release of arrested activists during the Oromia protests while other protesters made the Crossed Arms Resistance gesture which was common during the Oromia protests.

The EPRDF has come under heavy criticism for its handling of the Oromia protests and also its intolerance towards the media and civil society.

Some placards demanded the release of arrested activists during the Oromia protests while other protesters made the Crossed Arms Resistance gesture which was common during the Oromia protests.

Some placards demanded the release of arrested activists during the Oromia protests while other protesters made the Crossed Arms Resistance gesture which was common during the Oromia protests.

Thousands of students, social media activists, and opposition party leaders and supporters were arrested and dozens were charged under the country’s Anti-Terrorism Proclamation (ATP) while hundreds remained in custody without charges.

Human Rights Watch released a report in June estimating that over 400 Oromo protesters were killed in November 2015, and thousands others arrested by Ethiopian security forces during the protests.

The government however disputed the figures and earlier in March, the Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn blamed the death and destruction on “violent” protesters. He however apologized before parliament for “not listening to the concerns of the people”.

The Oromia and Amhara are two of the nine ethnically based regional states of Ethiopia which are considered the poorest compared to the others.

The protest is expected to build up in the coming days.

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2 Responses to Tens of thousands of protesters call for a regime change in Ethiopia

  1. ayu

    July 31, 2016 at 6:20 PM

    I strongly support protesters.

  2. Abe

    August 1, 2016 at 11:07 AM

    Please do not lie. The main purpose of the demonstration was the Welqayit, Humera, Tsegede and Tselemt question. It was a demonstration to demand that the people living in these areas were ethnic Amharas and the areas were also belong to the Amhara region. Of Course, it is undeniable that there is unfair wealth distribution, human rights violation and many many other atrocities committed by the regime, and hence change of regime is inevitable.

    But as a reporter, do not mislead readers and change course, and write what is in your mind than what was on ground-the real question of the Amhara/Gonder people. You didn’t say anything about the Amhara People uprising/struggle that has yet shaken and sent trimmer into the regime while you only talked about the Oromo demonstration. Even you decreased the weight of the Oromo Peoples demonstration to a minor question raised only in opposition to the government development plan that only affects the poor farmers.

    So please, correct your unfair and half-truth type reporting. Otherwise, you loose grace and trust.