The planned massive peaceful protest didn’t happen yesterday. Reason behind it is huge deployment of defense and security forces in the capital Addis Ababa on the night before protest day which was yesterday.
According to informants from Addis Ababa, forces were deployed in neighborhoods in Addis Ababa and house to house searched conducted overnight. Consequently, thousands of young people in the capital are reportedly detained in undisclosed location.
As shown in the picture above, people who were on their way to churches were randomly stopped and searched on grounds of suspicion of fire arms.
Observers say that the number of security forces including plain cloth security was exceptionally high.
A report by Ethiopian Satellite Television,which sites insiders sources within the ruling party, indicated that the country’s air force was mobilized and put on high alert.
The United States of America issued travel advisory days before the planned protest in Addis Ababa. From social media sources, diplomats in Addis Ababa were keenly following the development in the capital.
Regime in power managed to stile the protest in Addis Ababa. Does it mean that it simply postponed it probably paving the way for the movement to evolve in the direction of defensive capabilities as was seen in North Western Ethiopia in some cases? It remains to be seen.