TPLF forces shot, kill a college student in Finote Selam as protests spread

    finot selam(Finote Selam hoisting the Ethiopian flag. Photo: Social media)

By Engidu Woldie

ESAT News (August 25, 2016)

Regime forces shot and killed a college student in Finote Selam, West Gojam on Thursday as they used lethal force to disperse protesters who took to the streets for the second day to show solidarity with the Amhara and Oromo people who demand an end to the TPLF brutal rule.

Finot Selam, sitting on a major connecting route in northern Ethiopia, has become the latest town to join the increasing and relentless uprising against a minority tyranny that inflicted economic, political and social malice on the people of Ethiopia who are now saying enough to 25 years of persecution.

Residents of Finote Selam on Wednesday took down the regime’s flag and replaced it with the original Ethiopian flag. They have also removed posters and signs all over town that were glorifying the corrupt and despotic regime.

Meanwhile residents of Finote Selam who spoke to ESAT said a house belonging to an informant of the government was set ablaze by the protesters who were irate over the killing of the college student, Awoke Mussie by agents of the TPLF.

Transportation to Bahir Dar and Debre Markos was shut down for the second day as protesters blocked the highway with stones and tree logs.

Debark and Damot towns in north Gondar have also continued their protest rally on Thursday blocking the roads to Gondar and other towns.

What began as a protest against the forceful incorporation of the people of Wolkait, Tegede and Telemt, and their land into the Tigray region has now grown into a demand for the removal of the brutal regime in Addis Ababa, where Tigrayans control every aspect of the lives of the people. Protesters in Amhara and Oromo regions demand for the end of a complete domination of the country by one ethnic group that represents only 5% of the population.

At least 700 people in the Oromo region and 200 in the Amhara have been brutally murdered by TPLF forces.

The regime has refused calls by UN Human Rights Commission and other rights groups for an independent investigation into the killings of hundreds of peaceful protesters.