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06/06/05

  08:43:14 am, by admin, 595 words  
Categories: News, Ethiopia, Politics, Election 2005

Hundreds of Ethiopian students have been arrested in the capital

Woyane Police killed an Ethiopian teenager girl.
AAU protesters

Relatives of detained students cry out after being turned away from the Addis Ababa University campus on Monday.
Fifty-year-old Elaynesh Negesh, center, and other Ethiopians throw their arms in despair after police barred them from entering a university where relatives were locked up as students protested recent election results on Monday, June 6, 2005. Police arrested hundreds of students who defied a government ban to protest the results of Ethiopia's disputed legislative elections, hours after surrounding and locking down the country's largest university.Police charged into crowds at Addis Ababa University to grab protesters and beat others in the first public protest against the May 15 elections. Army's special forces troops stood by, armed with assault rifles and rocket propelled grenades. Riot police with tear gas and a water cannon also stood by as regular police quelled the demonstration. (AP Photo/Boris Heger).
BBC News:
Hundreds of Ethiopian students have been arrested in the capital, Addis Ababa, after staging protests over last month's elections.
Baton-wielding police stormed the two university campuses which the students had occupied. They had accused the ruling EPRDF party of fraud

Prime Minister Meles Zenawi banned demonstrations for a month following the poll.

"Where are they taking my son?" cried the mother of one student as he and others were herded by police onto one of eight trucks, each carrying about 80 people, reports the AP news agency.

"We are demonstrating because EPRDF is making a fraud, misleading the whole international community saying they have won," one student yelled through the gates of the social science school before the police took action.

More from BBC News

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And this from Reuters

Police close campus as poll tension simmers

By Tsegaye Tadesse

Addis Ababa - Ethiopian police locked down a university in the capital on Monday after students began protesting against election results they said were manipulated by the ruling party.

Police officers cordoned off Addis Ababa University and refused to allow anyone to enter or leave, a witness said. There was no violence at the campus, the scene of deadly riots in 2001, but journalists were chased away.

Behind the locked gates, students could be seen shouting, singing and chanting against the results of the May 15 parliamentary elections.

Some sat on the fences of the main campus, while others milled around in an adjacent street.

The protest came despite a month-long ban on public demonstrations imposed by the government after the polls.

Tensions have been rising in Africa's top coffee grower since then, with the opposition accusing the ruling party of intimidation and vote rigging to stay in power.

"We shall struggle against the party which claims to have won the election when voters are declaring in clear terms they have not elected them," a leaflet passed out by the students said.

It accused the ruling party "of sowing the seeds of fear and suspicion among the Ethiopian people".

Preliminary results show the Ethiopian People's Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF), which has ruled for 14 years, and its allies have won enough seats to form the next government.

But the party's majority was sharply reduced after the opposition made major gains in the elections, which were only the second real multi-party polls to be held in the country.

The national electoral board, which is investigating voting irregularities, says final results will be ready on July 8.

Ethiopian Information Minister Bereket Simon called on the main opposition, the Coalition for Unity and Democracy (CUD), and other opposition parties "to stop instigating violence and abide by the democratic rules of the game".

"It seems the CUD is testing the patience of the government by encouraging students to boycott classes," Bereket said.

CUD spokesperson Bebebe Eshetu said it was not behind the protest.

"In fact, we approached the students by phone in attempt to cool down the situation, but our call was rejected," Bebebe said.

More than 40 people were killed and 250 wounded at the university in April 2001 when police fired on rioters after students demonstrated for more academic and political freedom.

The opposition has accused Prime Minister Meles Zenawi's EPRDF of threatening, harassing and jailing its candidates and supporters. It also filed a complaint against the electoral board, accusing it of bias in favour of the government.

New ballots were held in six disputed districts after allegations of fraud.

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Comment from: admin [Member]


Dear AAU students, if you have witnessed the arrest, please post your comments here.

06/06/05 @ 08:51
Comment from: abraham_abebe [Visitor]
abraham_abebe

FORGET THE ARRESST SEVERAL STUDENTS HAVE BEEN SHOT AND WOUNDED THIS MORNING.THIS IS WHAT THE MELES REGIME IS PROMISING TO GIVE US FOR THE NEXT FIVE YEARS.WE ARE WITNESSING THE MOST BRUTAL REGIME AND DICTATORAL REGIME OF ALL TIMES IN AFRICA.PLEASE ECHO TO THE FREE WORLD LOUD AND CLEAR THAT INNOCENT STUDENTS ARE VICTIMISED BY THESE UNTAMED WILD LEADERS. THE STRUGGLE WILL CONTINUE WITH ALL PEACEFUL MEANS UNTIL THESE WILD ANIMALS DISAPPER.

GOD BLESS ETHIOPIA.

06/06/05 @ 09:09
Comment from: Btk [Visitor]
Btk

Thinks are getting even more frustrating what it I heard this morring according to my telephone conversation was there was a disturbance in some high schools and parents were called to collect their kids but nothing about university students

may God bring peace to our country.

06/06/05 @ 09:22
Comment from: OMAR [Visitor]
OMAR

YEP WILD AND CIVILIZE. HE IS DESPRATE AND WILL DO ALL HE CAN TO STAY IN POWER BUT HIS DAYS ARE BY NUMBERS BECAUSE ETHIOPIAN PPL ARE UNITED AND WILL WIPE HIM OUT LIKE THE ASIAN SUNAMI. THE ETHIOPIAN SUNAMI GAVE HIM A WARNING TO LEAVE PEACEFULY BUT HE STILL REFUSED.

06/06/05 @ 09:22
Comment from: OMAR [Visitor]
OMAR

wild and uncivilized like his ilitrate followers endrias esheti i wonder were did he go to school straier? or what??????? hodam and neft becha in his head.

06/06/05 @ 09:25
Comment from: admin [Member]

Police surround Ethiopian campuses as students defy post-election demo banBy Lea-Lisa Westerhoff

ADDIS ABABA, June 6 (AFP) - Ethiopian security forces surrounded two university campuses in Addis Ababa on Monday as hundreds of students defied a government ban on demonstrations to protest last month’s disputed elections, witnesses said.

Ethiopian troops blocked the road to Addis Ababa University as federal police officers surrounded the Faculty of Social Sciences and the nearby Faculty of Science and Medicine where up to 900 students were protesting, alleged ruling party fraud in the May 15 polls, they said.

At least 20 soldiers manned roadblocks on the route to the university in northern part of the capital, according to an AFP correspondent who saw three pick-up trucks filled with other troops in the area.

Between 400 and 500 students were locked in at the medical school and between 300 and 400 at the social sciences school, the correspondent said, adding that most were chanting and singing slogans complaining about the conduct of the elections.

The students accused the ruling Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) of trying to steal the election through massive vote rigging and fraud, complaints first raised by the country’s opposition.

“We are demonstrating because EPRDF is making a fraud, misleading the whole international community saying they have won,” one student yelled through the gates of the social science school.

“We don’t accept the victory of EPRDF, the CUD has won,” the student shouted at reporters, referring to the Coalition for Unity and Democracy, the main opposition group.

“Enough is enough,” yelled other students. “Get up, stand up for your flag.”

Demonstrators said the protest began overnight and that police had arrested at least five students.

Ethiopian security sources declined to comment on the protests, which are illegal under a month-long ban on all post-election public demonstrations in the capital imposed as the polls closed on May 15 by Prime Minister Meles Zenawi.

It was not immediately clear if or when police would move to break up the demonstrations.

The protests came as the CUD and other opposition groups await a ruling by an Addia Ababa high court on a suit they have filed to prevent election authorities from validating provisional results which show an EPRDF victory.

The National Electoral Board of Ethiopia (NEBE) said Friday it would delay by one month – from June 8 to July 8 – the official release of final results due to the large number of fraud allegations it has to investigate.

NEBE chairman Kemal Bedri told reporters at a news conference Monday that the board had received complaints about irregularities at more than 15,000 polling stations in 299 constituencies and would investigate them.

“Our legal team and election experts are scanning the complaints to determine which complaints will be investigated,” he said.

“Once we identify those complaints we will start investigating complaints that are supported by evidence,” Kemal said, adding that the board took each complaint “seriously.”

Provisional results announced thus far give the EPRDF and allied parties 320 seats in the 547-member parliament.

Those returns, from 513 of the 524 contested constituencies, show opposition parties, which had only 12 seats in the previous parliament, and independents with 193 seats.

06/06/05 @ 09:28
Comment from: OMAR [Visitor]
OMAR

wild and uncivilized like his ilitrate followers endrias esheti i wonder were did he go to school straier? or what??????? hodam and neft becha in his head. we are wi

06/06/05 @ 09:29
Comment from: Tadesse [Visitor]
Tadesse

The universty riote is the symptom of an increasingly growing frustration and imatiance by people of ethiopia aginst the totalitarian and brutal rule of the.
Assosa

06/06/05 @ 09:49
Comment from: Adisu Lege [Visitor]
Adisu Lege

Please request international Communities to save a billions of life Ethiopia. Ethiopia needs longlasting solution not by opressing by police.

06/06/05 @ 09:54
Comment from: Shiferaw [Visitor]
Shiferaw

The demonstration that started today will not stop even if Weyane tried to terrorise the AAU students. The Ethiopian people will stand firm against Weyane to legitimise their victory through the ballot. Bullet can`t replace Ballot and if tried by Weyane it will backfire it. Meles Zenawi will not lose only his post but he will be convicted for his atrocities he is commiting against innocent Ethiopian people.

Ethiopian People will Prevail

06/06/05 @ 10:09
Comment from: yitb [Visitor]
yitb

please see this linkhttp://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/4613741.stm

and

http://www.news24.com/News24/Africa/News/0,,2-11-1447_1716964,00.html

06/06/05 @ 10:18
Comment from: Muhamed [Visitor]
Muhamed

Thanks God the oppressed people of Ethiopia have rise up.Tens and Thousands of Ethiopians are ready to give their blood. We are ready to hunt them down like a beast in the wild. This is the time to get engage in a hand to hand combat with the enemy like the HEROIC PEOPLE OF IRAQ. No more looting in the name of Tigray Development. No more killing Ethiopians in the name of free Tigray and Eriteria. God willing we will drive them to the Red Sea.
This is the beginning and the end of the MAFIA & BANDITS of Tigrayans and Eritrian From now on there will be no peace for Tigryans, Melese, TPLF, EPRDF, & the Eriterians. There will be no peace until Melese and all the Woyanes leave Ethiopia. Let them go in Exile and join their Imperial and Colonial masters.

God willing we Ethiopians will liberate Ethiopia from Melese and the Tigryans and Eriterians.

06/06/05 @ 10:20
Comment from: Rahel [Visitor]
Rahel

AS WE ALL KNOW, ADDIS ABABA HAS A HUGE PRESENCE OF INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY FROM UN, EMBASSIES, AND OTHER INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS, AND LET THEM WATCH WHAT IS GOING ON AND LET THEM REPORT IT TO THEIR RESPECTIVE COUNTRIES. MEMBER OF EPRDF SHOULD COME TO THEIR SENSES AND LEAVE OUR BELOEVED COUNTRY ALONE. IT IS AN OPEN SECRET THAT THEIR LEADE, MELESE IS NOT AN ETHIOPIAN. HE IS PURSE ERITERIAN, AND SHOULD BE ENCOURAGED TO TO TO HIS HIS COUNTRY AND LEAVE EHTIOPIA IN THE HANDS OF ETHIOPIANS. UNIVERSITY STUDENTS WE ARE WITH YOU BRAVO.

06/06/05 @ 10:27
Comment from: Mekonen1 [Visitor]
Mekonen1

i think its all CUD`s orcastrated violence campaing to wage war with The government In Order To snach the power,! its very supied Idea & the move is too weak to come the day Light.CUD is a very power hungry ,extreme right wing with full vegeance againes the minority Group & againest Islamic Ethiopians. CUD`s are a group of thugs who have No idea how to solve the countries problem .instead they are fanning th etention to fulfill there EGO. to days`AAU-demo-is Orgnized by CUD.snaching power by any kind of violence In ethiopian history is OVER.Even if i have my owen disagreement with the PM.meles.
CUD`s the power hungry idiots must abide by the rule.rule of law must be respected this si si CUD`s they have to stop Crying like a baby & run to the University student.
i thought they were agreed with the Electionboard to investigate all complaines before calling the winar.
CUD & a Babtized CUD`s you should wait till the investigaion is OVER.then if they are still Disagree they can go to the court for furthere investigation. they have to desist from this kind of political bankrutcy.
The power to day Or never kind of Move is not gone work………
The AAU,`s are not all but some of them are a Babtized CUD`s who have no idea how things are working on the ground !!!Dear AAU`s Plz. look on to the reality late the si-si CUD-extrem right wing use all the legal prosidures before we all come to a demonistration rejecting any thing! DEAr AAU-am really ashamed Of what you guy`s are Doing to day,it shouldn`t be happening In now adays Ethiopia. we all have the right to demo.but you guy`s are starting to mis-use your privilage & break the law, you should have waited till every thing is Over ( the investigation ) .PLZ, refrain from this Kind of corupt activity it doesn`t make you a Hero but a lost CUD babtized student………..

06/06/05 @ 10:29
Comment from: someone [Visitor]
someone

We’ve been fighting for 30years for our independence. And now you are trying to deny that. And also it is still the Ethiopian Government who is passing the Edict. So anyone against it shall be punished.

06/06/05 @ 10:32

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