Protest at the Grand Anwar Mosque in Addis Ababa following Friday prayers

ESAT News (February 13, 2016)

Ethiopian Muslims staged a protest rally at the Grand Anwar Mosque in the capital Addis Ababa against the tyrannical government in their country demanding religious freedom and the release of their representatives incarcerated by the regime on trumped up terrorism charges.

The spontaneous protest today was staged after a lull in a weekly protest held at the mosque following a grenade explosion in December that injured over 20 people. No group claimed responsibility in that attack but the Ethiopian government is known for pulling deadly tricks of planting bombs and throwing grenades at peaceful citizens and blaming it on opposition groups and neighboring Eritrea, as documented by the US diplomatic cables and revealed by the WikiLeaks files.

Protesters were chanting slogans and carrying placards demanding the government to stop the rampant killing of citizens in the country and for the release of the unjustly imprisoned leaders of the Muslim community. “Enough with the oppression! Stop the killings!” read some of the placards.

The Ethiopian Muslims have been protesting for the last three years against meddling by the government in their religious affairs and demanding the release of their leaders.