Ethiopia declares state of emergency to stop protests

FILE – In this Friday, June 10, 2005 file photo, members of the Ethiopian army patrol the streets of Addis Ababa. The Ethiopian government has declared a state of emergency effective immediately following a week of anti-government violence that resulted in deaths and property damage across the country, especially in the restive Oromia region. (AP Photo/Karel Prinsloo, File)

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — The Ethiopian government has declared a state of emergency effective immediately following a week of anti-government violence that resulted in deaths and property damage across the country, especially in the restive Oromia region.

In a televised address on Sunday morning, Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn said the state of emergency was declared because there has been “enormous” damage to property.

“We put our citizens’ safety first. Besides, we want to put an end to the damage that is being carried out against infrastructure projects, education institutions, health centers, administration and justice buildings,” said Desalegn on the state Ethiopian Broadcasting Corporation.

 “The recent developments in Ethiopia have put the integrity of the nation at risk,” he said.

“The state of emergency will not breach basic human rights enshrined under the Ethiopian constitution and won’t also affect diplomatic rights listed under the Vienna Convention,” said Desalegn.

The internet is blocked across many parts of Ethiopia, residents reported Sunday. The government has blocked the internet for more than a week to prevent protesters from using social media to get supporters to attend demonstrations.

Major towns and cities across Ethiopia’s Oromia region are experiencing unrest and widespread violent protests after dozens were killed on October 2 in a stampede triggered when police fired teargas and bullets to disperse protestors at the annual Irrecha thanksgiving celebration in Bishoftu town.

Anti-government protests continued Sunday. Many roads into and out of the capital, Addis Ababa, are blocked by protesters and those who try to drive through are targeted by people who jump out from behind bushes and hurl rocks, witnesses told the Associated Press by phone on Sunday.

The state broadcaster said details of the state of emergency will be communicated to the public later Sunday.

In a separate development, Ethiopian officials summoned Egypt’s ambassador to the country, Aboubakr Hefny, for discussions. The State Minister for Ethiopia’s Foreign Affairs Ministry talked to the Egyptian diplomat after a video appeared online which purportedly shows members of the outlawed Oromo Liberation Front sharing a stage with what Ethiopia’s state broadcaster described as Egyptians.

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4 comments

    • Gordon King

      Thanks for your comment The EcoFeminist!

      It’s very sad for the Ethiopians who try to peacefully protest and are aggressively confronted by their government, and it’s very sad for America when protesters turn into rioters, disrespecting and degrading our rights as American citizens.

      Not all countries have the same rights as we do in America under the Declaration of Independence and our Constitution given to us by God Almighty.

      “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

      The world is quickly changing as it is prophesied in scripture. There is only one true hope in this world, Jesus Christ! He is the only hope, the only way for eternal life!

      God bless!

      • The EcoFeminist

        We have religious freedom in this country so pushing God on other people is not what I am encouraging nor should anyone. We’re very fortunate in the United States to not have religion shoved down our throats, and freedom of religion includes the right to not believe. I’m not sure how my comment turned into a reason for you to bash the American people, but it’s completely inappropriate and irrelevant.

      • Gordon King

        EcoFeminist, I can feel your frustration and a bit of anger, and I am going to answer you out of love, not hatred and anger. I speak by the authority of Jesus Christ not my own.

        First of all, I am not pushing God down anyone’s throat, you were the one who came to this Christian website, there must have been a reason. Sharing the love of God with another person is hardly shoving anything down anyone’s throat. If I know the truth about heaven and hell, about believing in Jesus Christ or not, then how loving would I be not to tell you? Religious freedom does not mean to stop people from practicing their religion, but for them to be able to practice their religion. In Christianity this means sharing the good news of Jesus Christ!

        John 14:6
        “Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.”

        The bible prophesied that evil would abound in the end times and it is! It is totally relevant and appropriate to what is happening not only in Ethiopia but in the entire world. I am in no way bashing the American people of whom I belong, however there are those in this country who choose to take advantage of their rights and their freedoms. The bible also prophesied that people would mock God and so it is.

        2 Timothy 3

        “But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: 2 For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, 3 unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, 4 traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, 5 having a form of godliness but denying its power.”

        You can believe in Jesus Christ or not it’s your choice, no one is forcing you, unlike Islam. And if you don’t believe in God, then what is your purpose here on earth anyway? Jesus Himself told his followers to go out into all of the world and preach the gospel to all creatures. The truth is the truth, you can choose to believe it or not, I am not forcing you to believe anything, yet it remains the truth. I have the right to speak about Jesus Christ, you have the right not to believe!

        God loves you, He only wants you to love Him back! Please don’t turn your back on your Creator, ask Him to show you the truth with a sincere heart and He will. What’s wrong with that? Is that asking too much? If it’s the truth don’t you want to know about it?

        And just for your information, true Christianity is not a religion, it is a personal relationship with the God of the universe, the only God of the universe, Jesus Christ! Religion is following a set of ideals in order to get to heaven, that will never work. God is love, seek Him for the answers not man or woman. We are given but a short time on this planet to make a choice, accept God or reject Him, after that the judgment!

        Hebrews 9:27
        “And as it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment,”

        Are you ready for the judgment?

        God bless Ecofeminist! I pray the good Lord opens your eyes and heart to the truth with the peace that only He can. Amen. It is not I who speaks to you, but the Holy Spirit of God within me!

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