Somalis held in Ethiopia capital – By Elizabeth Blunt, BBC News, Addis Ababa

December 26th, 2008 Print Print Email Email

Hundreds of young Somalis have been arrested in the past few days in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa.

A number were questioned and then released but it is thought at least 200 are still being held.


Hundreds of young Somalis have been arrested in the past few days in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa.

A number were questioned and then released but it is thought at least 200 are still being held.

Most of the arrests took place on Tuesday night and Wednesday in the Bole area, the part of the town where most of the Somali community live.

A Somali embassy spokesman said he understood that security was being tightened before a regional summit.

In some cases young men were taken from their homes while others were arrested in the streets.

A spokesman for the Somali embassy in Addis Ababa said he and his colleagues were going around the police stations to find out what was going on.

No explanation

He said that following the initial round-up, police were now working their way through those arrested, checking their papers, fingerprinting them and then, if everything was in order, letting them go.

He said that as of Friday morning he believed that around 200 Somali citizens were still being held.

Asked how the embassy felt about the raids, the spokesman said he could not say they were happy but that this was the prerogative of the Ethiopian government.

He understood it had security concerns in the Bole area which is close to Addis Ababa’s international airport, especially in the light of the upcoming African Union summit, and he added that if there was a security threat in Bole, then the embassy itself could be the first target.

Ethiopia’s federal police spokesman, Commander Demsash Hailu, has so far not been able to offer any explanation for the arrests.

  1. Seifu
    | #1

    Soon the tigrain will be held by meles adawa king. Meles only support the adwa gangs. To my fellow tigrain how long do you think meles going to keep his power by arresting all ethiopian including tigrain. Not very soon. What is going to happen to tigrain in ethiopia after meles? we tigrain will be wiped out from the face of the earth as result of meles policy we are hated by all ethiopian. we will be wiped out. Meles Adawa gang part of weyane minority groups who creating hates among tigrays all around ethiopia including our old freinds eritreans. As Result of Meles & his adawa gang, we tigrain are cornered by our enemies. we tigrain are doom to fail. we must stand and speak out.

    Tigray People’s Democratic Movement (TPDM) is waging an armed struggle to remove the ruling (Meles Zenawi) from power. TPDM is operating in northern Ethiopia. The organization calls on all Ethiopians living in the country and abroad, opposition groups and the Ethiopian soldiers to stand alongside and give them their support in the struggle against the ruling (Meles Zenawi) in Ethiopian.

  2. | #2

    If the Somalians could be rounded up from Addis Ababa then there is no reason why all weyanes and their family members should not be rounded up and deported to Adwa; and that includes the butt face Legesse Z, Azeb Mesfin, Seyoum Mesfin, and all of their Eritrean masters/advisors. Lets hope these weyanes will be eradicated from the face of the planet so the whole horn of Africa can rejoice a new era; an era of peace and harmony, an era of brotherly/sisterly, an era of the end of blood shed, an era of mutual respect, and an era of the end of modern slavery by the weyane thugs!

  3. Tigraypoeple
    | #3

    Watch this vedio

    Beacuse of meles adawa gangs policy, tigrain are hated all over ethiopia. My sister told me that ethiopia is very close to civil war. all ethiopian will be united and attack tigrain regardless of adawa or mekelle. My fellow tigrain. watch the developement in ethiopia. soon the ethiopian will rise and wipe us out!!!! that is why as tigrain I am speaking out aginst meles & his adawa gang

  4. ras
    | #4

    Eritrea should be listed as state sponsor of terrorism.Asmara trains AlShabba Islamic fascist group.

  5. ras
    | #5

    የወያኔ መረጃ ምን ያህል በእውነት ላይ የተመሰረተ ባይታወቅም ካለፈው ድርጊታቸው እደተማርነው (ISLAMIC COURT)ማንንም በመግደል ከአልቃይዳ ጋር ትምህርታቸው የተዛመደ መሆኑን አስመስከረዋል

  6. ras
    | #6

    የኢትዮርቭው እድተር እስላሚክ ኮርትን ፍርደም ፋይተር በማለት ስይንቆላብሳቸው አስመራንን ደግሞ ወያኔን ማስወገጃ መንገዳችን ዝም ብንል ደግም የድያስፖራው ኒዋርክ ታይምስ ነኝ ለማለትም ……..

  7. One Ethiopia forever
    | #7

    mateos not all of the people in Weyane are from Adwa.

    Meles Zenawi is from Adwa

    Aboy Sebhat is from Aksum

    Seyoum Mesfin is from Humera

    Azeb Mesfin is from Welkait

    Gebru Asrat is from Raya

    Hayelom Araya is from Shire

  8. Anon
    | #8

    hi seifu the TPDM you are talking is it the second Weyane hopeful in-waiting, to rule Etiopia with the same dedebit gang priciple of ethnic politics. please find your stupid and naive person in the future all will wait you ready and alert.

  9. AzebAsenafiTPMD
    | #9
    Free Liberity Lady
    Please, unite all the tigrain against meles.
    let’s join ethiopian people against meles.
    The future of tigrain is doom with meles.
    we have no future against 80 million ethiopian.
    We have to give ethiopian power, they are majority.
    post this video.

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