NC By Jason Travis | September 25, 2006
ADDIS ABABA – I attended the opening session of the General Assembly of the Ethiopian Teachers’ Association (ETA) last Wednesday. The organisation has been under a state of siege in the last few years.
Last year around 40 000 people were arrested in protests over the election which is widely believed to have been rigged. School students played a crucial role in protests and strikes and were targeted along with teachers with at least 40 teachers known to have been arrested (the true figure being probably much higher), some dying in custody, some dying shortly after release, others not heard of again by their families.