Nine Ethiopian opposition parties are set to stage an over night demonstration at Meskel Square, Addis Ababa, according to a notice signed by Semayawi party chairman, Yilkal Getnet.
The demonstration is scheduled to take place between December 6-7, 2014. The demonstration intends to demand government for the upcoming general election, which is months away, to be peaceful, fair and free.
The ruling party has a record of not only vote rigging but also extremely violent massacre of civilians who dare to peacefully reject fraudulent election practices. In the last election, government claimed a 99.96 victory leaving only a single seat for opposition in the parliament.
Staging peaceful demonstration is a constitutional right in Ethiopia although it was bypassed, at times in a very inhuman and brutal way, the regime in Ethiopia.
The notice is meant to meet requirements of constitutional procedure to notify concerned administrative bodies about the demonstration. At this writing, there is no news about government response to the notice.
Some Ethiopians question the wisdom of opposition party’s decision to take part in election. Others underscore that participating in the election is not a matter of choice as it implies existential questions.
In the mean time, the ruling party is already intensifying intimidation on party officials and members across the country.
To read Amharic version of notice from Semayawi party, please click here