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Ethiopia: Police officer, two Muslim protesters killed

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October 22, 2012 (ADDIS ABABA) - Police in Ethiopia killed two Muslim protesters in Gerba town in South Wollo Zone of the Amhara Regional State, according to local sources.
 

Muslims celebrate Eid in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (BBC)

Other civilians were also injured during the clash with members of the federal police on Sunday. One police officer was killed, while another was injured after being attacked by a group of protesters.
 
Witnesses say the clash took place during the Muslim Council elections. Police said the situation is now under control and perpetrators have been taken into custody.
 
South Wollo police described those killed as Muslim “extremists”.
 
The Muslim community in Ethiopia has recently intensified their protests against what they allege is government interference in religious affairs; an allegation Addis Ababa denies.

Addressing the parliament Ethiopia’s newly elected prime minister, Haile Mariam Desalegn, last week warned against any hidden political activities made under the pretext of religion.

The killing of the two men raises the total Muslim protesters killed in the last six months by government security forces to at least six.

Police forces killed four Muslims in Asossa town of Oromia Regional State in May.

In July police arrested 71 Muslim protesters while the Africa Union summit was taking place in Addis Ababa. Police then arrested people it said were organising and funding an “extremist group”.

The protesters were accused of attempting to disrupt the continental assembly.
 
Ethiopian Muslims are estimated to make up 35 percent of the country’s 81 million predominantly Christian population.
 
(ST)

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  • 23 October 2012 07:51, by Madina Tonj

    The worldwide have made suggestion early that, in 2050, Ethiopia nation will be Islamic State and only Idocy people will not agree with me. I have had study many history in the world, Africa and I know majority youths from Oromo tribe in Ethiopioa have been covert to Islam. I like Ethiopioan people but I don’t want them to faces the situation which related to religion issue such as ours in Sudan

    • 23 October 2012 12:51, by Asmera

      Hi Madina,
      I think you are from North Sudan- the terrior islamist gruop. You really do not know about Ethiopia. Do not talk like this.

      • 23 October 2012 19:46, by Ruach

        It is good to kill those thugs!They really don’t know what they were doing!

    • 24 October 2012 15:36, by magic

      How come an Ethiopian Christian convert to Islam? This should be dream by Islams but it cannot be fulfilled in their life time. Ethiopian is having only 32% Islam and more than 63% Christian so there will not be any means to make the country Islam in 40 years. May be Muslim Men each marry 4 women and give birth 8 children as they used to have in old uncivilized days.

  • 23 October 2012 07:51, by Madina Tonj

    The worldwide have made suggestion early that, in 2050, Ethiopia nation will be Islamic State and only Idocy people will not agree with me. I have had study many history in the world, Africa and I know majority youths from Oromo tribe in Ethiopioa have been covert to Islam. I like Ethiopioan people but I don’t want them to faces the situation which related to religion issue such as ours in Sudan

    • 24 October 2012 03:17, by australian

      The Muslims say the government shouldn’t interfere in religious affairs. Trouble is, Islamic religion includes overthrowing non-Muslim governments and enforcing sharia.
      Why have those Oromo youths converted? Were they offerred money?

  • 23 October 2012 22:27, by Wolleyewu

    I am mourning the death of my fellow country men from Wollo who are killed by Woyane/Tigre. Their blood wont go in vain. Its a matter of time, Tigrians would harvest what they have had sowed. Tigrea is the only enemy/threat of Ethiopians in every aspect mainly politically,socially and economically and above all for the very existance of mama Ethiopia.You will be hunted down as you have done it now

    • 24 October 2012 04:28, by Awalom Alula

      Welloyewu
      you moron are you out of your mind or you really meant what you wrote. you see we hunt no one down and we are a hospitable and civilized people and please come to us and experience that.

  • 29 October 2012 20:17, by first

    if eth govt told you they have trillion dollar budget would you believe them?
    so why would you believe their census that muslims are 30 percent when:
    all of ogaden (almost 1/3 ethiopia’s land mass)
    majority of oromo ( majority of ethiopians are oromo)
    all of afar
    all of harar
    are all muslim
    only tigre and Amhara region have majority christian which is less than 20 percent combined



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