ESAT No. 1 Ethiopian news website. Esat, Ethiopian news, daily Ethiopian news, ESAT tv, ESAT Radio Wed, 02 Dec 2015 03:08:02 +0000 en hourly 1 ESAT Radio Tue 1 Dec 2015 Wed, 02 Dec 2015 03:08:02 +0000 0 Patriotic Ginbot 7 fighters kill 29 TPLF soldiers in Gondar Wed, 02 Dec 2015 03:04:47 +0000 ESAT News (December 1, 2015)

The Patriotic Ginbot 7 Movement for Unity and Democracy said today that its fighters had killed 29 soldiers of the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) in a surprise attack in Waldiba, Gondar.

The movement announced in its Facebook page that 40 TPLF soldiers have also sustained injuries in a heavy fight that lasted for two hours.

Patriotic Ginbot 7 Movement has launched an armed struggle to remove the minority regime in Ethiopia.

Today’s attack came as the leader of the Movement, Prof. Berhanu Nega was in Brussels to give his testimony on the current drought as well as the economic, social and political situation in Ethiopia. He said on the occasion that Ethiopians have launched an armed struggle as the regime in Addis Ababa has closed all peaceful options to bring a democratic changes in Ethiopia.

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Fire, Federal Police kill 40 prisoners in Gondar Wed, 02 Dec 2015 02:29:51 +0000 ESAT News (December 1, 2015)

At least forty prisoners were killed after a fire broke out at a prison in Gondar, northerner Ethiopia. Witnesses say Ethiopia’s federal police also shot and killed prisoners who were trying to save their life from the fire. About 500 other prisoners have escaped from the Bahta prison while a 100 others sustained burns from the blaze.

The exact number of the death toll is not yet known but witnesses say the police were shooting at the prisoners from inside and outside the prison.   ESAT also received video footages from reliable sources that showed a trail of smoke rising as the prison was burning.

“Ambulances arrived after the tragic scene to pick up bodies and the injured prisoners,” an eyewitness told ESAT on the phone from Gondar.

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Prof. Berhanu calls for the formation of an all-inclusive transitional government in Ethiopia Wed, 02 Dec 2015 02:00:09 +0000 ESAT News (December 1, 2015)

Chairman of the Patriotic Ginbot 7 Movement for Unit and Democracy, Prof. Berhanu Nega called on the international community to pressure the Ethiopian government to agree on the formation of an all-inclusive transitional government before things go out of control in Ethiopia.

Prof. Berhanu, who is in Brussels, Belgium to give his testimony at the European Parliament pointed out that the drought in Ethiopia is creating famine due to mal-governance and poor policy choices. He said drought does not necessarily leads to famine in the rest of the world; and the corrupt and autocratic regime in Ethiopia is responsible for the famine that’s looming large in Ethiopia.

He told the gathering that the Ethiopian government is busy building multimillion dollar mansions for retired officials and spending 15 million dollars for a lavish party at a time when over 15 million people, who are faced with the grim realities of famine, need immediate food assistance.

Prof. Berhanu said the regime that’s solely controlled by oligarchs who hail from a minority ethnic group is controlling all facets of the government, the economy and even the religious institutions in the country. He cited the imprisonment of   religious leaders of the Ethiopian Muslims and the exile of patriarchs of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church as results of the regimes long hands in controlling all aspects of the lives of the people.

The Professor also said it was a huge policy mistake on the part of the international community to finance the Ethiopian government in the name of peace keeping in the horn of Africa and in the region when the regime itself was the cause of all conflicts in the region.

He said Ethiopians, more than ever, have organized themselves to launch an armed struggle against the minority regime to regain their freedom and build a democratic Ethiopia.

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Three students feared dead, dozens hospitalized in Harar after clashes with police Tue, 01 Dec 2015 02:45:06 +0000 ESAT News (November 30, 2015)

Reports say three students were feared dead in Haramaya University, Harar, Eastern Ethiopia following clashes with police as protest continues in Oromia Region against the government’s push to implement a new Addis Ababa Master Plan. ESAT called its sources in Harar but could not confirm the death. Protesters are demanding the government to halt the implementation of the plan which they believe would uproot farmers in the surrounding Addis Ababa from their lands.  At least thirty students were reportedly hospitalized with some sustaining serious injuries. Police also took dozens of students into custody.

Eyewitnesses told ESAT that federal police entered the University campus and started beating students who were staging a peaceful protest.


Two students sustained serious injuries while jumping from the third floor of a building to escape  police beatings. Hospital sources in Harar said their situation is serious. Police used batons and buttstocks and at least a hundred students were injured from the beatings. “We feared for our lives. The campus looks like a military camp,” a student told ESAT on the phone. Some students have reportedly fled to the cities of Harara and Dire Dawa.

The protest entered its second week today and is spreading to several towns in Oromia Regional State. Protesters took to the streets today in Ambo, Illubabour, and West Wollega.

This is the second time the government encountered stiff opposition against the master plan from the public. More than 47 university students were killed in May 2014.  Last week, federal police killed a high school student in Nejo.

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