Thousands hold demonstration for the release of political detainees (Associated Press)

By Associated Press, Updated: Sunday, June 2, 5:45 PM

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia — Thousands of Ethiopian demonstrators took to the streets of the capital demanding the immediate release of jailed journalists and activists in a rare show of public opposition to the ruling party which maintains strict control over the East African nation.

Protesters marched Sunday along major streets in the capital, Addis Ababa, shouting “We need freedom,” and “We need justice.” The peaceful rally was the first major demonstration since 2005 post-election unrest when security forces killed hundreds of protesters.

Sunday’s protest is the first show of disapproval against Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn’s government. Hailemariam succeeded former Prime Minister Meles Zenawi who died Aug. 20.

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3 Responses to Thousands hold demonstration for the release of political detainees (Associated Press)

  1. ይጥር5

    June 2, 2013 at 2:13 PM

    hahaha hijaked by muslim movement it’s just very limited ,,like 5000 , addis abeba has 5million residents atleast should be 1 million,,,endeteweraw kenebere gen not the way it was thought,,,

  2. አብዲ

    June 2, 2013 at 11:24 PM

    ይህ ታሪካዊ ሰልፍ ወቅቱን የጠበቀና በጣም አንገብጋቢ ጥያቄዎችን በኢህአዴግ ሰዎች ጭንቅላት ውስጥ ያስቀመጠ ትእይንት ከመሆኑም በላይ በሰላም መጠናቀቁ ደግሞ አስደሳች ነው:: ሰልፉን የጠራው ሰማያዊ ፓርቲ እንዲሁም ተካፋዮች እጅግ በጣም የላቀ ምስጋና ይገባቸዋል:: ለካ ተያይዘን በአንድነት ብንነሳ ታሪክ መስራት እንችላለን!! ወያኔዎች ምናልባት ቆም ብለው ያስቡ ይሆን?

  3. hun

    June 3, 2013 at 9:57 AM

    Let us thank the new Prime Minster for allowing people to express their opinions in protest and encourage him to do more.

    He should not just allow demonstration just because Americans or other put him under pressure, but he should also take his own active initiatives and encourage people to express their opinion freely by releasing journalists, unblocking opposition websites, etc.