Ethiopian Church followers took to the street across many cities, towns

Ethiopian Orthodox Church followers condemn government inaction in the face of increasing mob attacks, burning down of churches and killings of priests among other things.

Ethiopian Church Followers
The Demonstration in Dessie. Photo credit : Social Media

September 15, 2019

Tens of millions of Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church followers took to the street across many cities and towns in Amhara region of Ethiopia on  Sunday after morning mass, reported Amhara Mass Media Agency (AMMA)

The demonstrations have already been completed; no incident is reported, according to AMMA report. 

Dessie, Gondar, Debretabor, Meket, Kombolcha, Nefas Mewucha, Mekane Eyesus, Mekane Selam and Belesa are some of the cities and towns that saw massive demonstrations. 

Demonstration in Gonder. Photo credit : AMMA

Government and government-affiliated media have not covered the news at this writing. 

Demonstrators demanded an end to what they think is a planned and orchestrated attack on the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church.

They have chanted slogans like “those who attacked the church and killed its followers should be held responsible for it,” “Government should repair burnt churches immediately,”  and “The church has contributed to the freedom and independence of Ethiopia by nurturing courage and unity, and does not deserve this [mob attack]” were some of the slogans. 

At least 15 churches have been burned across the country in a span of less than 10 months. Followers of the church believe that some government officials have not done as much as, if at all, they should protect the church from mob attack mostly from ethnic radical groups in various ethnic-based regional states – mainly Oromia, SNNPR, Benishangul and Somali region of Ethiopia.

Ten organizations affiliated with the church and operating in the country were planning for demonstration for today but they disclosed on Friday that it is postponed to November 9 pending results of a dialogue with the government which reportedly promised to address the demands of the organization to reverse mob attacks and all other forms of attack on the church. 

From the massive demonstrations held in different cities, it is clear that followers of the Ethiopian Church did not accept that the demonstration is postponed. 

Meanwhile, four associations affiliated with Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church have planned a demonstration in four North American cities on  Thursday, September 19, according to a report by Voice of America Amharic service report on Sunday. As the demonstration in Ethiopia, the purpose of those ones that will be organized in North America is to demand an end for mob attacks on church and killings.

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