Addis Ababa Baladera Council Calls for Demonstration to Protest Oromo Ownership Claims

By Staff Reporter

Baladera-council-EthiopiaOctober 11, 2019 ( -- The Addis Ababa Baladera Council has called for demonstration on the coming Sunday October 13, 2019 to protest ownership claim by Oromo politicians over Addis Ababa and the ongoing suppression on members of civic associations and political parties.

In a briefing on Friday, the council said the Sunday demonstration will be held with six objectives, the first among them being to denounce the hijacking of democratic and justice endeavors witnessed at the beginning of the reforms in Ethiopia. The council said the hijackings of democratic norms are being perpetrated by the ruling party and those extremist groups surrounding the government.

The council said the current government has arrested members of the council on charges of terrorism since July this year as part of its “suppression rule” against political parties and civic associations.

The second objective of the demonstration is to demand the government release the council’s members who were detained in Addis Ababa city, Amhara and Oromia regional states just because of their political beliefs. The council believes the imprisonment verdicts against its members were passed by “doll courts” set up by the government.

The third objective of the council to stage the demonstration is to request the government to terminate the law which states that the common Green Yellow and Red Flag of Ethiopia is “illegal.”

The fourth goal of the demonstration, according to the council, is to request the government, extremist groups and all political parties to cease interfering in any religion and to request the government provide the necessary protection to all houses of worships.

By staging the demonstration, the council hope to pressure the government to give a special attention to the ever-increasing inflation all over the country.

The last objective of the demonstration, the council says, is to protest human right violations committed by groups and individuals who claim ownership rights over Addis Ababa.

The council also disclosed that the Ethiopian police has arrested some member of the Addis Ababa Baladera Council who were trying to mobilize the public to participate in Sunday’s demonstrations.

Ethnic Oromo youth activists, otherwise commonly known as Qeerroo, tried to disturb the press briefings given by Eskinder Nega and his colleague Henok in Addis Ababa. Police were seen submissive while the Qerros chanted “Addis Ababa belongs to ethnic Oromo.”

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