Tigray Residents Rally in Various Cities Demanding Justice
November 25, 2018 - Residents of various Tigray cities held demonstrations today, demanding justice for all, according to ETV video footage.
According to the report, thousands of people rallied in south, west and central zones of Tigray regional state of Ethiopia.
Demonstrations were reported in Adwa, Axum, Korem, Abiy Adi, Setit Humera, Alamata, Addisu and Moheni towns.
The demonstrators demanded justice for all. The were carrying flags of Ethiopia, Tigray and the TPLF (Tigrayan Poeple's Liberation Front), as well as pictures of former leader Meles Zenawi.
They chanted "suspects must be judged in a court of law and not by others," and "the people of Ethiopia should struggle for peace and justice for all Ethiopians."
The zone administrator of southern Tigray, Redae Halfom, was quoted as saying today's rallies show Tigrayans are united and they desire to bring peace and justice to all in the country.
The Ethiopian government conducted a massive crackdown recently where several former high ranking officials and associates were arrested for corruption and abuse of power.
Most of those arrested were from the defese-affiliated and state-owned Metals and Engineering Corporation (METEC) and the National Intelligence and Security Service (NISS).
Those arrested include former Director General of state-owned METEC, Major General Kinfe Dagnew, and former Deputy Head of NISS and Commissioner General of Federal Police Commission, Yared Zerihun. Both were shown on national TV, in handcaffs and being led away to prison.
There are also reports that the former head of NISS, Getachew Assefa, one of the top leaders of the TPLF, is also wanted by the police.
There is a widespread belief within Tigray that the arrests were politically-motivated and targets mostly TPLF-related individuals.
The TPLF leader and Tigray region administrator, Dr. Debretsion Gebremichael condemned the threatrics shown on TV and the assumption of guilt before due process.