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Gondar continues strike despite tight security

  ESAT News (October 18, 2016) Strike by residents of the city of Gondar entered second day on Tuesday despite presence of heavy security that threatens residents to stop the strikes and forcefully open businesses. Residents of Gondar began a three-day strike on Monday, the first such strike since the declaration of state of emergency. Businesses and transportation services remained ...

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Ethiopia cancels soccer tournament as tension mounts

  ESAT News (October 18, 2016) Ethiopian authorities indefinitely cancelled the country’s premier league as well as the Addis Ababa City Cup soccer tournaments as tensions mount following the declaration of a state of emergency. The Addis Ababa stadium has been the venue for venting grievances against the government for Addis’ diehard soccer fans while similar protests against the regime ...

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State of emergency is militarized response: rights researcher

  ESAT News (October 18, 2016) A senior researcher with Human Rights Watch says the state of emergency declared by the TPLF regime in Ethiopia meant a militarized response that will have a counterproductive effect in the long term stability of Ethiopia. Felix Horne, senior researcher for the Horn of Africa with HRW also said that by declaring the state ...

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State of emergency is state of slavery, says Prof. Berhanu Nega

ESAT News (October 17, 2016 The leader of an armed opposition group on Monday described the state of emergency declared last week by the regime in Ethiopia as “a state of slavery” imposed on the people of Ethiopia as it curtails all human, political and God given rights. Professor Berhanu Nega, chairman of Patriotic Ginbot 7, an armed group based ...

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Gondar strikes defying state of emergency

  ESAT News (October 17, 2017) Schools, businesses and transportation were shut down on Monday as residents of Gondar began a three-day strike defying the state of emergency declared last week. Organizers told ESAT that the strike was a dismissal to the state of emergency which bans any strikes, protest demonstrations and public gatherings. They said the strike was also ...

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Rights group presses EU to push for probe into killings in Ethiopia

  ESAT News (October 17, 2016) Human Rights Watch demanded the European Union to use its leverage and push for investigations into the brutal crackdown in the Amhara and Oromo regions, where people have been protesting against the ruthless rule of a minority regime and mass murder of peaceful protesters by security forces. Presenting a testimony at the European Parliament, ...

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Ethiopian authorities release details of state of emergency

  ESAT News (October 15, 2016) One week after declaring a six-month state of emergency, Ethiopian authorities released details of the law on Saturday prohibiting exchange of electronic messages and banning public gatherings and demonstrations among others. The state run media outlets on Saturday published details of the law as presented by the head of the command post secretariat in ...

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Tedros Adhanom inflates his case for WHO top job

  ESAT News (October 14, 2016) Tedros Adhanom, the Ethiopian top diplomat running for WHO’s Director-General position had claimed in a candidature form submitted to the Organization that English was his mother tongue  and rated his proficiency as excellent.  The Ethiopian foreign minister, who was born in Asmara, Eritrea, in 1965, checked the box in the form indicating English was ...

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Egyptian president denies allegation of backing Ethiopian dissidents

ESAT News (October 14, 2016) Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi denied on Thursday Ethiopian regime’s accusations that his country was supporting groups trying to overthrow it.   Al-Sisi’s response came after Ethiopian officials repeatedly accused Egypt and Eritrea of backing rebels and revolutionaries struggling for regime change.   “Egypt does not conspire against anyone,” Reuters quoted Al-Sisi as saying in ...

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Ex-minister claims late dictator denigrated Oromos as “narrow-minded”

  ESAT News (October 13, 2016) A former minister and President of the Oromo region of Ethiopia (2001 to 2005) said the late dictator Meles Zenawi had prejudicially labelled the Oromo people as “narrow-minded”. Junedin Sado said in an exclusive interview with ESAT that Zenawi, the late Tigrian strongman, had come up with a document labeling Oromos as narrow-minded. He ...

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