Ethiopia: Police kill at least 4 demonstrators in Addis Ababa


Ethiopia: Police kill at least 4 demonstrators in Addis Ababa

July 14, 2012 — At least four Ethiopian demonstrators were shot and killed last night in Addis Ababa, after police raided a number of mosques throughout the capital in an attempt to disrupt an ongoing anti-Ahbash movement.

“They broke the door and entered and started shooting at Muslims,” Ahmedin told Bloomberg news by phone. “Many were attacked and they arrested almost all of those there," he added.

The bloody crackdown lasted several hours and left hundreds injured and in custody. Witnesses report dozens of people were beaten severely and left for dead, while others were even shot after being apprehended by security forces.

In response to the bloody crackdown, thousands of mostly young Ethiopian demonstrators poured to the streets early in the morning and marched towards Anwar mosque, while chanting for the end of Meles Zenawi's 21 year rule.

It is to be recalled, six people were killed in a similar clash with security forces on April 27, in the town of Asasa in the Arsi Zone of Oromia region, after government forces raided the mosque in an attempt to end anti-Abash demonstrations.


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