By Hailegebriel Endeshaw
ADDIS ABABA – (BORKENA) – Civil disobedience began in Bahir-Dar, the capital of Amhara Regional State, sources said. A local news source on Tuesday reported the people of Bahir-Dar city have expressed disobedience against the government by holding a sit-down strike at home. Shops were closed and streets and public roads were deserted. There were no public transports across the roads in the town. Residents of Bahir-Dar have buttoned-up in protest against the government by not coming out of their houses.
EthioExplorer quoted the people who led the strike as saying that “until we lead free lives in what we built Ethiopia,” the fight would not stop. “Until the Amharas have their own genuine political representative and the ethnic cleansing come to an end; till the existence of Amhara is ensured and advantages of the people are honored, we keep on fighting,” EthioExplorer reported.
Following this, security forces, with their number almost equal to the people, were scattered across the town and seen enforcing the shop owners to open their shops. They were trying to seal shops along the street starting from Papyrus Hotel way up to St. George Church. Moreover, they detached number plates of the three-wheeled cabs, bajajs, according to the news source.
The sit-down strike will continue in an intensive manner in other towns of Amhara Region, EthioExplorer said.
Meanwhile, Debre-Markos Town has joined the sit-down strike today. EthioExplorer reported that the three-day protest has been launched by the people of Debre-Masrkos Town. What it called ‘Public Force’ warned that if there is any armed body from the government side, which tries to enforce shops and vehicles to go back to work, it would be exposed to the people. There are subordinates that are active widely in Debre-Markos Town under the name Fano, according to EthioExplorer.
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