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Ethiopia: Police arrest Muslim protesters as clashes continue


By Tesfa-Alem Tekle

July 22, 2012 (ADDIS ABABA) – Ethiopian police on Sunday said that they had arrested several people after violent clashes between police and Muslim protesters continued on Saturday in the capital, Addis Ababa.

The clash occurred at the Anawar Mosque following noon prayers.

“Protesters blocked worshipers from leaving the Mosque compound. They hold them hostage until riot police forces took situation under control” Deputy Police commissioner Girma Kassa said.

Kassa said police has arrested several stone-throwing protesters who also attacked private buildings and government institutions but didn’t specify a figure.

Eye witnesses told Sudan Tribune that many people have suffered injuries during the clashes which continued on the third day of fasting for the month-long festival of Ramadan. There are no reports of fatalities.

A police official said protesters have a political mission and are using the question of religion as a cover to meet own political agenda.

Government spokesperson Shimels Kemal dismissed reports that the police used tear gas.

There were similar clashes last week when an African Union summit was taking place in Addis Ababa. Police then arrested 71 people including people alleged to organise and fund the “extremist group”.

Ethiopia’s police accuse them of deliberately inciting violence to disrupt the African Union’s Assembly.

Addis Ababa has for months been a scene of Muslim protests who accuse the government of interference in religious affairs. An allegation Addis Ababa denies.

Ethiopian Muslims are estimated to account around 40 percent of the country’s 81 million predominantly-Christian population.


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  • 23 July 2012 07:31, by Madina Tonj

    Tesfa Alem Tekle

    I had reminding you last weeek about Muslim is growing very aggressive in your country and it is fact. I am a history study and I knew what is going on in each country from Africa perhaps, it will not surprising you brother. Uganda and Ethiopia have a large Muslim population these days, we South Sudanese afraid because not to see Ethiopia turn Islamic nation in Eastern Africa

    • 23 July 2012 08:14, by mohammed ali

      Tonj, why are you afraid? The number of muslims are rising even in Europe, why should you get frightened?

      Sudan Tribune, as usual brought one side of the story in a very unprofessional way. Even Christian clerks in Ethiopia are supporting Muslim demands!Yet Mr. Tonj afraid!

      • 23 July 2012 08:46, by Madina Tonj

        Mohammed Ali

        I am afraid because this Islamic agenda has become a sources of violence all over the world. You can see Middle East nations for example, there have been unrest violence. You can also imagine why 3 million Sudanese dies of Islam related issue. Look the Religion should be something that, people have to united rather than killing innocent people and for that reason I am objected it

        • 23 July 2012 10:22, by ramzy

          Hi Brother i dont know why you afraid this much, we ethiopians (muslim and chrstians)love each other, even compatible with you gus from south sudan living in ethiopia,we treat you like you are part of ethiopian brothers and sisters,beside that some of you guys are government civil polices and spy the citizens for the government,you see how much we tolerate things .
          So no need of bothering by our issue,our issue is not political issue ,our issue is on the election of our religious leaders ,almost all of dam are government cadres.We do have right to chose our religious leaders.
          The Sudanese issue are related with interest and political benefits of the western countries,far more different from our issue. So don’t bother about us,Ethiopia welcomed all people from every corner...you guys are the best example.how do you think we Ethiopians will fight each other while we can live with peoples from another country,We better know the ugliest side of the war and clash between peoples.So don’t even think it.

          • 23 July 2012 11:55, by Anti Dinka’s

            Ethiopia, egypt, nigeria, and Uganda will witness in the coming years A total devastation
            says professor John Linton

            Islam will destroy all those countries mentioned above

            they will witness A terrible human lost

          • 23 July 2012 19:20, by sudani ana

            What I would like to know is this, how could you manage to post a comment of 20 lines in length when the most we are allowed is about 7? Please answer me brother.

  • 23 July 2012 13:52, by ramzy

    Mister Dinka dat is your hope, believe us we Ethiopians are different. I know your source of evil hope,It arises from Racist,Islamofobia and narrowness mind of you,so, again believe us we Ethiopians are different.All religions are not source of evil we peoples are use it for our evil agenda,....try to broad your mind and try to see things as much as you can, don’t be blind,So your hope is nothing more than hope. We are Ethiopian we are the solution for other countries, specially for Africans,how could we cant for ourselves ,refer our history,history will tells you how we are on worlds and Africans affairs,we are not like you guys,we integrate with each other in all the ways...we equally share what we have,we are not self centered and greedy we die for each other...We Ethiopians live together and Die together,once again ,WE ARE DIFFERENT so Mister Don’t be foul.

  • 23 July 2012 14:10, by Ethiopia

    After I read the news I found that z news biased to the gov’t. How do u accept to report the news wizout including the other side voice to make ur report free from biased.
    As far as I knew the gov’t arrests the innocent elected committee members including preachers and random prayers from mosque. The gov’t tortured peaceful protesters. u r a well known and independent media but zis report raise Q

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