August 6, 2016
Reuters video of protest in Addis Ababa this morning
Federal police attacked demonstrators in Addis Ababa to break up peaceful protest. The protest in Addis Ababa is part of planned protest called across many Ethiopian cities including in Oromia region of Ethiopia.
Videos and images released in social media are too graphic to share. Reuters video shard above does’t know the worst that happened during the protest.
Crackdown on protesters was extremely brutal. Sniper killers were deployed by the government in some parts the capital, according to sources from Addis Ababa.
From the slogans that protesters chanted, the protest is caused by excessive economic and political repressions. For many Ethiopians, the ruling Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) is sham cover for Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) which exercises ethnic based despotic rule and many likens it to Apartheid South Africa.
Although brutal crackdown on peaceful demonstrators is a recurring incident, demonstrators are counting on legal provision in the constitution of Ethiopia which stipulates that citizens do have a right to organize peaceful protest.
In the last nine or so months only, at least six hundred peaceful protesters are killed in central,south South East and South Western parts of Ethiopia and the figure is confirmed by international Human Rights Organizations.