The Great Ethiopian Run turns into protest march

November 26th, 2006 Print Print Email Email

November 26 | ( EZ):

Kinijit Protest Thousands of participants in today’s Great Run are chanting slogans such as “Release the Prisoners”, “Woyane, Dangerous Vagrant”, “The repressed Kinijit is back”…. Protest songs are also being sung loudly. Some of the protestors are near ETV headquarter now and are condemning the station for being a propoganda machine for the Meles regime.

Protestors reach the palace
Two groups of protestors are infront of the national place right now. One group is chanting “Meles is a thief,” “Meles, release our leaders”.. the other group is saying “Don’t disturb him..he is chewing Chat”

Protestors condemn the Somali war
The Great Run protestors are condemning Meles’s declaration of war on Somalia. The slogan “Whose war is it? It is not Ethiopia’s..but Meles’s” is being repeatedly chanted now.
Protesters
Protesters Taking Shower after the run.

Lewit blog Today at 8:30am, an estimated 25 000 people gathered in Meskel Square to participate in the annual Great Ethiopian Run. However, almost immediately after the race began, the crowd seized the long-awaited opportunity to peacefully protest the escalating brutality of the EPRDF regime–demanding the immediate release of all political prisoners and an end to the dictatorial rule of Meles Zenawi.
Shouts of “Kinijit is back!”? and “Give power to the educated!”? mingled with slogans denouncing the Somalian invasion, and strains of peaceful hymns filled the air. Local police officers looked on in amazement as crowds swarmed the front of the ETV building, peacefully expressing their dissatisfaction and thanking Haile Gebre-Selassie for providing the opportunity to speak out against the mounting political oppression.

It is a wonderful day in Addis!

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