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Security officer shot and kill two federal police officers, injure three

ESAT News (July 7, 2016) A security officer at Ambo University, in a town few miles from the capital Addis Ababa, shot and killed two federal police officers and injured three others. A resident of Ambo town who wish to remain anonymous told ESAT that the alleged killer was still at large as of Wednesday. The source said the officer, ...

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Exiled journalist, activist write open letter to spy chief following threats

ESAT News (July 6, 2016) Exiled journalist Sisay Agena and Tamagn Beyene, an activist and a well-known critic of the Ethiopian government, wrote an open letter to the security chief, Getachew Asefa following intimidation against their family back home in order to silence their criticism of the government. In a joint letter released on Tuesday, Sisay and Tamagn, who now ...

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Sugar company forced to liquidate as gov’t spends millions on import

ESAT News (July 6, 2016) Cronies and multi-million dollar companies with connections to the regime in Ethiopia allegedly forced the liquidation of what could be a self-sufficient sugar company for the country’s growing need for the sweet commodity. In an exclusive interview with ESAT, former manager of the Hiber Sugar Factory S.C., Minalachew Simachew gave detailed account of how individuals ...

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Security forces detain hundreds protesting home demolition

ESAT News (July 5, 2016) Security forces have detained over 200 people in the capital Addis Ababa after thousands of homes, deemed illegal by the government, were demolished. Six people, including two police officers, were killed in the confrontation last week and authorities are carrying out mass arrests in connection with the killings of the officers. The residents said the ...

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Ethiopian farmers kill five Sudanese soldiers

ESAT News (July 5, 2016) Ethiopian farmers in Tach Armacheho, North Gondar, reportedly killed five Sudanese soldiers following an incursion by the Sudanese into Ethiopian farmlands. An Ethiopian farmer, Godana Amde, was killed in the battle on Saturday that was sparked by the incursion and burning of an Ethiopian farm by the Sudanese soldiers who crossed the Guang River and ...

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Ethiopian regime moving army, heavy artillery to the north of the country

ESAT News (July 1, 2016) The TPLF regime in Ethiopia has been moving its army and heavy military equipment in large numbers to the north of the country, according to eyewitness accounts. The witnesses said public transport buses, as per the instructions given by the regime, have been transporting large numbers of the army from south and central regions of ...

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At least three police officers killed in clashes as authorities start demolishing houses

ESAT News (June 30, 2016) Estimates of the number of people killed in Wednesday’s clash between residents and police vary, but at least three officers have reportedly been stoned to death by residents of Addis Ababa who were furious that authorities moved ahead with plans to demolish houses that they deem illegal. Residents in Kontoma and Mango localities in Woreda ...

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Ethiopian regime refuses to let a critically ill opposition political figure travel abroad for treatment

ESAT News (June 30, 2016) The Ethiopian regime has prevented Habtamu Ayalew, a leading member of the banned Unity for Democracy and Justice a.k.a  Andinet, from travelling abroad for treatment. Habtamu is in a hospital bed in Addis Ababa. His doctors described his condition as critical. Diagnosis and treatment in his case is not available in the country and doctors ...

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Non-Tigrayan members of the intelligence and security detained

ESAT News (June 29, 2016)     The TPLF regime is reportedly detaining non-Tigrayan members of the intelligence and security after unknown assailants killed 9 intelligence operatives in the last four months, according to sources close to ESAT. The spies being rounded up by the regime were suspected of involvement in the killing of the operatives that include three intelligence ...

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Bekele Gerba, et al, still locked up in a dark room, denied medications

ESAT News (June 28, 2016) A prominent leader of an Oromo opposition party, Bekele Gerba and his codefendants were still held in dark rooms and they were allowed visitations by family for only less than 15 minutes a week. The defendants appeared before a court in Addis Ababa today with the court further adjourning their case to decide on whether ...

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