A warning by the government – Eskinder Nega, Addis Ababa

February 11th, 2011 Print Print Email Email

I was picked up by heavily armed Federal Police members as I walked out of an internet café in the middle of Piassa today, and taken to the head office of the Federal police. A Deputy Commissioner and his aide spoke to me in the Commissioners office. (more…)

I was picked up by heavily armed Federal Police members as I walked out of an internet café in the middle of Piassa today, and taken to the head office of the Federal police. A Deputy Commissioner and his aide spoke to me in the Commissioners office.

The Deputy Commissioner said I was summoned by the government to be given a warning “for attempts to incite an Egyptian and Tunisian like protests in Ethiopia.” Visibly angered, he held copies of articles that had appeared on the internet. (On top, General Tsadkan’s picture from last week’s article was visible.) “You write about General Tsadkan to undermine the army,” he said. “But be assured that EPRDF is capable of defending the constitution. If anything happens, we will first come to you,” he said. “Your writings on the internet and the interviews you give are inflammatory,” he told me.

I asked him if the government is asking me to stop writing.

“No,” he said. “But be warned that you have already crossed the boundary. We have enough to convict you already. I want you to understand that this is a serious warning,” he concluded.

Upon leaving his office, all papers I had on me were confiscated.

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