Ethiopian Police Clash With Muslims Before AU Summit Meeting By William Davison (Bloomberg)

July 14th, 2012 Print Print Email Email

Hundreds of people were injured and arrested when Ethiopian police clashed with Muslims in the capital, Addis Ababa, where African leaders are gathering for a summit, and one person may have died, an Islamic committee said.

The violence yesterday, which involved guns, sticks and

tear gas, occurred in five areas of the city after federal
police broke into the city’s Awalia Mosque compound in order to
disrupt preparations for a meeting tomorrow, Ahmedin Jebel,
representing a mosque community group, said today in a phone

“They broke the door and entered and started shooting at
Muslims,” Ahmedin said from the capital. “Many were attacked
and they arrested almost all of those there.” After a call to
prayers, Muslims who gathered in response to the incident were
involved in further clashes, he said.

Some Ethiopian Muslims, who make up 34 percent of a
population of 94 million according to the CIA World Factbook,
have been protesting for eight months at mosques about alleged
government interference in elections of Islamic leaders. The
government has accused the protesters of including extremists
who want to turn Ethiopia into an Islamic state. The meeting
being planned by the mosque was partly about the elections

Policemen Injured

Seventy-two people were arrested and six policemen and 10
civilians were injured when a group tried to create a “civil
disturbance” at Awalia by blocking roads and shouting political
slogans, State Minister of Communications Shimeles Kemal said by
phone today from the capital. Police may have used tear gas
though they didn’t open fire and there were no fatalities, he

“The policemen sustained injuries from rocks thrown by
protesters,” he said. “They were trying to spread the
disturbance to other mosques but the police intervened and got
it under control.”

The group was trying to create “havoc” to disturb the
African Union summit, Shimeles said. “There is no threat” now,
he said.

People were gathering today at the capital’s largest mosque
in the Mercato area to demand the release of all those arrested
yesterday, said Ahmedin.

Four people were killed in clashes with security forces in
southeastern Ethiopia on April 27 when a crowd tried to free a
Muslim preacher who had been arrested, the government said. Ten
policemen were injured, the police station and a post office
burned down and 24 people were arrested during the incident in
Asasa in the Arsi Zone of Oromia region, the government said at
the time.
African heads of state and other dignitaries are arriving
in Addis Ababa this weekend to attend a two-day African Union
summit that begins tomorrow.

  1. SewBsew
    | #1

    Woyane Crminals Clash With Muslims Ethiopians Before AU Summit Meeting

    Woyane is dead finished

  2. Anonymous
    | #2

    If it were me, I wouldn’t have called them “Ethiopian police”, they are undisciplined, brutal, wicked hatemonger TPLF Agazi Army killer dogs, who came to Ethiopia not to lead but to divide and rule, to loot and kill Ethiopians and see all Ethiopians as their enemies. No weapon in the world strong enough to defeat the evil TPLF Agazi Army, if 87 million Ethiopians unite. No doubt, the coldblooded TPLF killer monsters will go back to the forests in a matter of days. It is very crucial that every peace loving Ethiopian must unite and fight the total brainwashed who have been trained to hate and see Ethiopians as their enemies. The bloodthirsty TPLF looters and killers who hate Ethiopia and Ethiopians must be eliminated from Ethiopia before they sold every centimeter of Ethiopia’s land and kill millions of Ethiopians. UNITED WE STAND, DIVIDED WE FALL!

  3. Zerayakob Yared
    | #3

    ኣንደበተ ትግርኛ:
    ሕጂ’ውን እንተኾነ “ሃይማኖት የግል ነው, ሃገር የጋራ ነው!”

    ምስ ኩለን ዓድታት ዓዕራብ ፅቡቕ ጉርብትና ገይርና ክንነብር ይግብኣና!

    ኣብ ጉዳያት ዓድና ግና ኢድ ኣእታውነት ናይ ዓዕራብ ኮነ ናይ ካልኦት ሃገራት ኣይንደልን!

    ገንዘብ ብምልኣኽ ኮነ ሃይማኖት ብምስባብ, ፅልዋ ናይ ዓዕራብ ኣብ ዓድና ኢትዮጵያ ምንም ግደ ክነብሮ የብሉን::

    ናይ ዓዕራብ ተልኣኣኺ ክኸውን ዝደሊ ፍጡር እንተድኣ’ኣሊኡ ግና, ጠቕሊሉ ናብኣቶም ክኸይድ ይኽእል እዩ::

    መንፈስ ኢትዮጵያውያን ሕብረተሰብ, ብመጀመርታ-መጀመርታ በቲ’ሓደ ኢትዮጵያ ዘፍረየቶ ናይ “መንፈስ ፈላስፋና” ዘርኣያዕቆባዊ ፅልዋ ዝዕብለል እዩ! ብፍላይ ድማ ኣብ ጀኔባ ኸባቢ ጉድጓድ ተዃዒቱስ ናይ ነገራት መጀመርታ (እግዝኣብሄር) ኣብ ዝድለየሉ እዋናት!

    እዘን ኹለን ነጥብታት ብምምዝዛን ኣብ ማእኸል ኢትዮጵያውያን ናይ ደም ምፍሳስ እንተዘይነብር እዩ ዝሕሸና::
    አንደበተ አማርኛ:
    አሁንም “ሃይማኖት የግል ነው, ሃገር የጋራ ነው!”

    ከሁሉም የአረብ አገሮች ጋራ መልካም ጉርብትና አድርገን መኖር ይገባናል::

    በሃገራችን ኢትዮጵያ ጉዳይ ላይ ግን የአረቦችም ሆነ የሌሎች ሃገሮች ጣልቃ ገብነት አንፈልግም!

    ገንዘብ በማስተላለፍ ሆነ ሃይማኖት በማሳበብ የአረቦች እጅ አጥላቂነት በሃገራችን ኢትዮጵያ ውስጥ ሊኖር አይገባም!

    የአረቦቹ ተላላኪ ሊሆን የሚፈልግ ፍጡር ካለ ግን, ጠቅልሎ ወደ እነሱው ዘንዳ ሊሄድ ይችላል!

    የኢትዮጵያውያን የህብረተሰብ መንፈስ, በመጀመርያ-መጀመርያ በብቸኛው ኢትዮጵያ ባፈራችው ኢትዮጵያዊው “የመንፈስ ፈላስፋ” ዘርአያእቆባዊ ዝንባሌ የሚመራ ይሆናል:: በተለይም ደግሞ በአሁኑ ስዓታት, ጀኔባ አካባቢ ጉድጓድ ተቆፍሮ ሲያበቃና ጉድጓዱ ውስጥ የነገሮች መጀመርያ (እግዝአብሄር) እየተፈለገ በሚገኝበት ስዓታት ላይ!

    እነዚህን ነጥቦችን በማመዛዘን ኢትዮጵያውያን እርስ-በራሳቸው ደም ባይፋሰሱ ይበጀናል::

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