October 16, 2016
Staring a nationwide uprising in the eye, TPLF has come up with a severely harsh and stringent law so much that it’s a crime to gaze at a Facebook page or exchange emails. Watching satellite TV programs carry harsh prison sentences; opposition parties are prohibited from making political statements that could easily be interpreted as attempts to incite violence, and hence subject to years in prison.
Details include that all areas 50 km from the border are declared a “red zone.”
It is illegal to carry a firearm even if legal inside the red zone.
Carrying inflammable items inside the red zone is also banned.
Major roads that connect neighboring countries is also inside the red zone.
The red zone covers a 25-km area on both sides of the major roads that connect neighboring countries.
The major highways that connect the country with neighboring countries, and hence inside the red zone, are:
(7) Addis Gebreguracha
(8) Gondar-Metema, and
A dusk-to-dawn curfew is also imposed on major projects, factories, farms and governmental institutions. No one may enter such sites after 6 pm and before 6 am. Security forces are given to take the necessary measures against anyone violating the curfew.
All political parties are also banned from giving press statements that incite violence.
No one has the right, including religious leaders, to make political statements at religious gatherings, national and sports events.
Academic institutions, like schools, colleges and universities and other centers of education and training, are also off-limit to making political statements, protest rallies etc.
Finally, security forces are also banned to ask for a leave submit resignation papers.
It is also banned to communicate with outside forces using any means of communication, including Facebook or any other social media.
Refugees cannot also leave their camp without proper authorization.
It is also illegal now to watch TV stations such as ESAT and OMN and other radio stations.
Lincensed businesses are not allowed to shut down businesses for any reason.
(Reports from Addis Standard are included in the above report)