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Ethiopian authorities admit over 50 killed from Sidama incident

The figure is only based on hospital sources and police said that it does not have information about people who were killed and whose funeral took place in the countryside

Ethiopian authorities _ Hawassa
Hawassa City in South Ethiopia

July 31, 2019

Nearly two weeks after the incident, security officials in Southern Ethiopia give an official number of people killed during the violence in Sidama zone of Southern Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples’ Region. 

DW Amharic service confirmed from Commander Dagnachew Demissie, police head in the zone, that the number of people killed in Sidama zone between July 18, the day the violence started, and the day it was stopped by federal security forces on June 22, is 53. 

He added that the number of deaths is only based on hospital sources and that police does not know the number of those who were killed and were not brought to the hospital. 

It was reported last week that the number of deaths reported by Sidama opposition figures is 60. 

Besides, 54 people were wounded, according to the police chief of the zone, and as many as 935 suspects are in custody. 

Regarding the destruction of properties, the commander confirmed that factories, convenience stores, hotels, as well as residential areas were also attacked and destroyed. An estimate of a property destroyed and looted is not yet ready from the government but the police commander said that a committee is working on that. 

The incident started first in Hawassa, capital of the regional state, on July 18 when a Sidama ethnic-nationalist youth group ( they are also known as Ejeto) clash with security forces as they move to declare Sidama zone the 10th regional state on their casting aside legal and administrative procedures requirements for the status. 

Then the violence spread to other towns in the region like Yirgalem, Hula, Malga, Aleta Wendo, and Moricho. 

Violence continued for days mostly targeting non-Sidama ethnic community in the region to the point that the regional government had to ask “intervention” from the federal government. Currently, security work in the region is under the direction of Command Post.

Meanwhile, South Ethiopian Peoples Democratic Movement (SEPDM), the party that governs the region, disclosed on Wednesday that it has finalized its meeting on the results of a study regarding the demand for regional state status in the region. 

Head of the party’s central committee, Moges Balcha, said that the leadership has reached an agreement on the result of the study. he also revealed that there is a consensus among the leadership that people in the region need to have a consultation on the result of the study. 

He added that dealing with the security crisis in some parts of the region is a top priority for the party and that the Command Post will continue working on security matters. 

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  1. Subject: “Ethiopian authorities admit over 50 killed from Sidama incident” borkena
    July 31, 2019

    Diversion and Confession
    Let us ALL admit. What happened in Sidama, Ethiopia can happen anywhere in Africa. I am talking about Africa because I am full-fledged AFRICAN. and I like to walk with my head up without any twinge of embarrassment. But, it seems, it is impossible to get that posture with all sorts of indigenous dictators, hungry to amass immediate richness through out our RICH Continent — shockingly in cooperation with past colonial masters!!!

    Let us concentrate on Ethiopia — the source of the particular news item. Surely, the seemingly countless Ethiopian Intellectuals, with the Highest Academic Degrees of the World bestowed upon them, can help the Government of Ethiopia and the People of Ethiopia to advance to the higher level of Administration and LIVING [as opposed to mere existence] and live-up to the noble history of the country. If the history of Ethiopia is a charade then the situation that we see in Ethiopia is in tandem with reality. But I don’t believe it.

    What is happening in Ethiopia should not happen in Ethiopia. There must be a way to solve all internal problems with patience, farsightedness and dignity that the country claims to have along with its ancient history. If Ethiopia fails, it is because the so-called modern educated elites have failed to be aware of their obligation and utilize their so-called highly refined Western education. Ditto with every other Black African Countries.

    The normal process of development is directly proportional to the quantity and quality of educated scholars in the society. In Africa, we seem to regress in direct proportion to the educated elites!!! It seems to be a strange phenomenon that applies only to us Africans. I better STOP.

  2. 10 years ago there were only 66 billion birr notes printed. In the last 10 years addititonal 732 billion birr notes were printed, making Ethiopia the highest currency printer in the world for the years 2009 – 2019 .

    If Abiy Ahmed is for justice , he should at once change Ethiopia’s birr notes with new with new birr currency. In the last ten years 732 billion birrs were printed by Woyane thugs and burried under the matreesses of EPRDF thugs.

    Prinitng new birr notes will force the EPRDFites to bring out the birr they burried under their matresses. All these coups , killings of Amaras , economic sabotages , displacements , terrors and so on are funded by money EPRDF printed in the last ten years.

    Abiy Ahmed should prove that he is not in the pockets of the EPRDF thugs by changing birr notes with new birr notes.

  3. Melaku Kebede Biru

    yeken jib keyet wetah

    yante wegenoch min siseru neber lemehonu


    you are one of the full time robbers and rapers

    what are you doing here ? please donot pretend as nice and and patriotic.

  4. Kebede biru

    amelachuh new amhara menchachat amhara siltan yeyaze let you were divided among gondere, showa, gojam and other provinces

    Now you are surpassed by Oromo , you feel under weather ?

    I am very worried about you sir


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