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Ethiopia: Arrests made after Muslims hold protest rally - ST
Source: Sudan Tribune
By Tesfa-Alem Tekle
July 26, 2013 (ADDIS ABABA) – In a new show of discontent over what they allege is the government’s meddling towards religious affairs, thousands of Ethiopian Muslims on Friday staged protest rallies in Addis Ababa’s two Mosques.
Following Friday prayers, protesters turned out in large numbers at Grand Anwar mosque, condemning the arrest of their fellow Muslims and calling for a stop to government interference in religious affairs.
“We are gathered here to call for the release of Muslim leaders and followers arrested in the pretext of terrorism”, a protester told Sudan Tribune on condition of anonymity.
When police later arrived at the scene, protesters were seen throwing stones, causing damage to public and government properties.
completely false report as i understand Tesf Alem was not around or doesn’t want to speak the truth it was a peaceful demonstration not only that day through out the year
Islam extremism has become unavoidable reality in our country.
In the name of religious freedom, alqaida affiliated extremists are trying to hi jack the peaceful Ethiopian Muslims as a bargaining chips.
Thanks to our security forces working hard night and day handling this issue accordingly.
We all know these extremists are all the messengers of Egypt and shabia with the co-ordination of the diaspora opposition wanna be losers, who are longing to see a destabilize Ethiopia.
As usual, our govt is on top of it.
Thank God for EPRDF!!!!
It is clear that muslims can not live in peace anywhere. Their religion demands it of them. If they want to make their mosques a politic activity place then shutting it would be very wise. Send all of them back to Silte and wollo, they are not real inhabitants of Addis anyway.
Ethiopian govt should take proper action on extremist.. some extrmist supporting by Saudi Arabia petrol money.
we muslim and christiasn brother and sisters we don’t need any outside support . plz extrmist terrist and wehabist get out from our holy land Ethiopia, Ethiopia blessed by ALMIGHTY God check the bible, ethiopia always in the heart of profit Mohammad. he permitted them to emigrate to Ethiopia(he was sent his family to Ethiopia). they were got sheltters and protection .after severasl day the Ethiopian king said “Go to your homes and live in peace. I shall never give you up to your enemies."and they met with Mohamed and he was happy.profit Mohamed said don’t touch Ethiopian. if you respect his words don not tech Ethiopia u are not respect his words you are in big sin. please ,the enemy of Ethiopian Muslim and christian.stop disturbing our beloved country. we are one ,one love.
God bless Ethiopia.
We are supporter of Etghiopian government but we don’t agree the extra freedom that Ethiopian government offered to terrorists.
We are worning our government not to wait those called Islamists till they became strong and cause damages to our stablity. Their sole goal is destruction of Ethiopia and sabotage of construction of dams.
We remind our government that those so called Islamists were not even able to dream to do this in time of Hail Salasia and Minigistu. So,the real problem is: When you give freedom to do what they want to those who criminal who don’t deserve.
Now, it is security and stablity of our motherland and it is necessary to stop those who wants to change Ethiopia to Islamic State such Somalia and Afganistan.
To stop is responsablity on government and all Ethiopian citizens. If we wait there will be time , when it is too late.
What we are observing in Ethiopia is the same to what we have been witnessing heaping all over the world that terrioists spreading their evil activities and division among sociaty in the name of religion freedom. However, thanks to God that their evil missions are getting exposed and they will be melted away from the face of the earth. Especially in Ethiopia, they will never achieve anything and surely they will be chaised away by all the peace loving Ethiopian people…
God bless the world!
The protest took place at Nur Mesjid some 1 mile or 2 away from Anwar Mesjid whose Imam is government appointed. We do not know why they reported the incident. It is clear the government is doing this orchestration as usual. If it was Meles he would have done a rip on the flag of Ethiopia. Not long ago the Muslims were put in jail when the put a flag around their Mesjid. It is not clear why they are now reversing the flag policy to suit their needs. Meles told us flag is like a piece of dirty cloth.
Now, over the last two years the people did not throw a single stone and yet international media is reporting false information as usual. We request Sudan Tribune to remove its article and post a new independent report. If you do not have reliable reporters remove them. This is one of the most incredible protest every that took place for such length uninterrupted despire government ploy. It has no reached a point of return. What I advise those who call themselves the government is to listen to people voice not to their fake cadres who deny the realty in the day light.
Whether they are supported by Saudi or not they are the people of Ethiopia. They have their mind and they love their country as anyone. No body can tell them where to receive help in whatever way. But the realty is the movement is purely indegineous and attempts to paint it this or that is wrong.
It is simple better to answer those questions or face the escalation of the frustrated community to a new level of action. It is not possible to just sit and be killed, tortured and maimed by reckless policemen. We have tolerated the torture and humiliation to prove ourselves that we love peace and we will sacrifice to make that happen. As a matter of struggle when the pain becomes unbearable the government should expect the people to react in a non cooperative way. This will cause a higher degree of confrontation. My message to Ethiopia police is do not listen to your boss Segent Wekeneh. Do not listen to HD the prime minister. Otherwise, if the leaders are not release during this Ramadan, it will bring havoc in that country. The international media and other UN members should uphold the peace loving nature of Ethiopian Muslims and make decisive action before this thing turns violent. We pray it does not happen but naturally this is the course when one is denied any rights and solutions. We gave 2 years for the government to think carefully and reverse its imposition of Ah Bash on its people. We know what happened to King Susiniyos when he tried to impose catholicism on Ethiopian Orthodox. The people revolted. This is what we are seeing today. The international media instead of making things seem very trivial should up the ante on the government and question them on their reluctance. To see the protest for two years long without any appreciation for their demand is totally unacceptable.
The government should stop being provocative and stop its anti Muslims propoganda and hate on its national Tv. The ETV is for all people and not for just one party. Every sane person should denounce the inept handling of the situation by the incumbent Prime Minister.
Otherwise, he should resign. Federal Police affairs minister should resign. Just publishing drama after drama will make only get people suspicious of your evil intentions. You are spreading terror on your national TV. People are very apprehensive about their sleep at night thanks to your negative propoganda. This will have effect on the growth of the economy. Total lack of progress on Muslim issues will only bring break down of our social fabric and collapse of your own system. You will soon go away if you keep things the way they are. The status qou will not get you anywhere. Muslims should be equal to their christian peers.
“ጥያቄያችን የካቲት 26/2004 ባለመመለሱ ያገኘናቸው ጥቅሞች
ጥያቄያችን የካቲት 26/2004 ተድበስብሶ ተመልሶ ቢሆን ኖሮ እስካሁን እርስ በራስ ያናክሱን ነበር፡፡ ከፊሉ ሕዝብ ላይረዳን ይችል ነበር፡፡ ዛሬ ግን ጥያቄው የሁሉም ኢትዮጵያዊ ጥያቄ ሆኖአል፡፡ (ከሒጅራ ግቢ
አልሀምዱሊላህ በዚህ አንድ ዓመት ብዙ የትግል ስልቶችን ተምረናል፡፡ ከ3ቱ ጥያቄ በላይ መጠየቅ እንዳለብን ተረድተናል፡፡ ሙእሚን ከሙናፊቅ፣ ጠንካራ ከደካማ፣ ቆራጥ ከስልቹ፣ ታጋሽ ከቸኳላ ተለይቶአል፡፡ ከሁሉም የሚገርመኝ አምና ከታሰሩት ይልቅ ዘንድሮ የታሰሩት እጅግ ታጋዮች ይመስሉኛል፡፡ (የእኔ አስተያየት ነው፡፡
ዘንድሮ ረመዳን (1434 ወይም 2005) ከታሰሩት ውስጥ አንዷ ለፖሊስ ከተናገረችው ‹‹የፈለጋችሁትን ልታደርጉኝ ትችላላችሁ፤ ኢስላም ካለ አለን፣ ከሌለ ግን እኛም የለንም፡፡ የምንኖረውም ለኢስላም የምንሞተውም ለኢስላም ነው›› ያለችው ጊዜ ፖሊሱም እሺ የሻይ ስጡኝ ብሎ —— ብር ጠይቆ አሰናበታት፡፡
በዚህ አንድ የትግል ዓመት ውስጥ ከአንድ መቶ አርባ በላይ የአዲስ አበባ መስጂዶች ካርታ እንደተዘጋጀላቸውና ከፊሎቹ እንደተረከቡ ስንቶቻችን እናውቃለን?
ሌሎችንም እጠቅሳለሁ ኢንሻአላህ!”
The above comment shows Muslim Ethiopians will not back away. In fact, if this continues the Muslim demand will be directly at the incompetent Administration of Ethiopian government and not the constitution. So far Muslim demand is constitutional.
Also, the government is forcing the people to leave Mesjid and go to the streets and demand power restructuring. I am sure Christians will also join hands and the demand will be more than Muslim issue it will be power restructuring issue. It is will be about freedom from government control of state resources and its abuse. It will not be too long before people join hands demanding the resignation of the Prime Minister.
Where is Assta.B Gettu when you need him.
You, the oppressor is a peaceful agent (sic).
If you think Muslims are not peaceful people for not throwing a single stone or kill a single ant let alone human beings despite your boss instigating violence then get out of their lands and leave in peaceful place in northern caves.
You can live in your cave worshiping your cave god and burn trees for meskel, worship wooden boxes, hate Muslims, etc which are your religion pillars
Addis Ababa and the rest are not your lands. Do you really understand me idiot!
These are courageous people standing up to the rotten Weyanes. For the rest of you Kizenams who do your daily Zeraf Zeraf from afar. All I say hush!
For regulars here, your hypocrisy has been duly note. Woyanes are only bad when they put your cousins and nephews behind bars and that is the only time we hear your noises. But, they good when others are suffering in the same gulag.
Democracy, equality, freedom of speech, any kind change in Ethiopia can only come from within not from far. Not from the usual Zeraf Zeraf then Fertit politicians sitting in cafes and restaurants in DC.
That’s why I always support grass root organizations from back home.
Hi fellow Ethiopians, I am sure these terrorist and extrimists are coming to their desperate actions because, their time is ending, trust me.
This tollerance in the part of the government, as I think, is collecting infirmations and evidences, to prove them wrong in court of law. I like the process but, it shouldn’t go umtil they take someones life.For example the Imam of Dessie. I am glad the assasins are caught with their associates by the gallant security forces.
They are doing this with collaboration of the enemies of Ethiopia like, Shabia and their Egyptian mastermind. I have great confidence on the Ethiopian Security forces. Not only to curb theeir plot but to chase and get their recruters red handed too. Good job Ethiopian Security forces. Ethiopian christians, Ethiopian peacelover Muslims and other sects of religion are counting on you.
Brother, do not try to tell us garbage comment.
Muslims demand always associated to extremism, terrorism, Saudi, Egypt in tora bora, haram bokka, who else, go on Mr oppressor Coptic.
Coptics who are always depend on outside help for handout, to rule and oppress only Muslims, etc.
Stop trash talk and just respond to those highly civilzed, extremely peaceful Ethiopian Muslims demand period.
The rest,take your politics or pretext to your bank.
Muslims must be the true followers of the prophet Muhammad by doing what Muhammad had told them to do. If they fail to follow his instructions, then they are not the true Muslims. Muhammad had left his followers with the Quran, with the Hadith, and with many other Islmic books, and all these Islamic books tell Muslims to follow Muhammad’s teachings, not the teachings of Jesus. All Muslims believe anyone who is not a Muslim is an infidel; therefore, Christians and Jews, and other non-Muslims are infidels, and Ethiopian Christians are not the exceptions: they are infidels whether they have accepted Muhammad’s persecuted families and whether Muhammad the prophet had said “Don’t touch the Ethiopians unless they touch you,” the Ethiopian Christians are still, like the other non-Muslim nations, infidels; therefore, they must be attacked, conquered, and their Christian land must be occupied and Islamized.
Some of the teachings of Muhammad are the following:
1. “If anyone disputes with you about Jesus being divine, flee them and pray that Allah will curse them” (Quran 3:61).
2. “Soon we shall strike terror into the hearts of the infidels, for that they joined companions with Allah, for which he had sent no authority; their abode will be in the Fire” (Quran 3:150).
3. “The infidels should not think that they can get away from us. Prepare against them whatever arms and weaponry you can muster so that you may terrorize them” (Quran 8:59).
At this moment, the Muslims in Ethiopia are mustering stones and sticks as their weapons and with these small weapons they are breaking windows and destroying Christian properties in Addis Ababa. Next time, you will see them marching with sophisticated weapons and fighting the Ethiopian Christians and claiming that all Ethiopian regions belong to Muslims since all Muslims believe the entire world is their Mosque, their world, and their island. You should not buy those deceiving statements such as Muhammad had said that Muslims should not touch the Ethiopians unless the Ethiopians touch the Muslims. We never touched the Egyptian Muslims, but they came to attack us two times, and we defeated them all the times. The Muslim Gragn Muhammad attacked us, destroyed our Churches, burned our documents, and invited the Turkish Muslim government to send him Muslim soldiers and he got them, but thanks to our great Ethiopian Christian heroes who defeated Gragn Muhammad and his Turkish mercenary soldiers. Just few years ago, the Muslim Somalis attacked us and tried to take Harar, Addis Ababa, and the entire Oromo regions. I have said this before; I am just repeating myself: there are still some gullible Ethiopian Christians who say: “We have lived in peace with the Muslims in Ethiopia for many years, and nothing will happen to us.”
Yes, we have lived with the Muslims in Ethiopia in peace, and that is because they are the minorities, but now they are almost going to be the majorities and they know that, and that is why they are protesting, breaking windows, praying on the streets, and using their Mosques as the house of plotters, criminals, and terrorists.
What is happening in Tunisia, Libya, Egypt, Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Syria is coming to Ethiopia whether we like it or not, and I will hold the Ethiopian government accountable for being too lenient or too passive toward these Jihadist Muslims in Ethiopia instead of banning their weakly protests and their superficial street prayers. The Ethiopian government must censor every Friday speeches by the imams or simply shut down all the Mosques in Ethiopia. They are not houses of prayers; they are simply houses of prostitutes, idol worshipers, witchcrafts, and sorcerers.
4. “O Prophet! Strive hard against the unbelieving infidels [the Jews and the Christians] and hypocrites; be severe against them. Their abode is Hell, an evil resort” (Quran 66:9).
5. “Believers [Muslims], truly the pagan disbelievers [the Jews and the Christians] are unclean” (Quran 9:28).
6. “He has sent His Messenger [Muhammad] with guidance and the Religion of Truth [Islam] to make it superior over all religions, even though the disbelievers [the Jews and the Christians] detest it” (Quran 9:33).
7. “Say: ‘Obey Allah and His Messenger;’ If they refuse, remember Allah does not like unbelieving infidels [the Jews and the Christians]” (Quran 3:32).
8. “You have in [Muhammad] the Messenger of Allah a beautiful pattern of conduct for any one to follow” (Quran 33:21). Muhammad had never been a beautiful pattern of conduct for any one to follow. He had been, in fact, a murderer, a child molester, and a violent husband who struck his child-wife Aisha on her chest that caused her sever pain.
9. “He that chooses a religion other than Islam, it will not be accepted from him and in the world to come he will surly be among the losers” (Quran 3:85).
10. “Make war on those who have received the scriptures [Jews and Christians] but do not believe in Allah or in the Last Day” (Quran 9:29).
Of course, “Jihad” (holy war) in Islam is a must for every Muslim if that Muslim really is the follower of the Prophet Muhammad. This jihad, a military war must be conducted against the infidels – the Jews and the Christians. There are about 164 Jihad verses in the Quran, and the Muslims in Ethiopia sooner or later will declare Jihad on the Ethiopian Christians.
Any person who wants to know what Jihad is must see the following website:
Don’t let the Muslims in Ethiopia fool you that they are peaceful people; they are not: we have seen them during the Gragn Muhammad’s war against the Ethiopian Christians. We have seen them what they did to the retreating Ethiopian soldiers and coming back home through Wollo. The Wollo Muslims attacked them mercilessly because these soldiers were Christians.
Mr. Desalegn Haile Mariam, you will be responsible if any Christian properties are destroyed, any Christian Churches are burned down, and any Christian boys and girls are murdered by these Jihadist and terrorist Muslims in Ethiopia! If such heinous crimes happen in the Christian land of Ethiopia, then the blood of these innocent Ethiopian Christians will be in your hand and in the hands of your offspring forever!
The anti-terrorism law should be fully implemented and carried out throughout the Ethiopian provinces and beyond.
We must eliminate those radical cult for good.
The Wollo Muslims attacked the Ethiopian soldiers as they were coming home from the battle field against the Italian army just as the British Muslims attacked the British soldiers returning from Afghanistan. In fact, one of the British Muslims slaughtered, in a broad day light, one British soldier who fought in Afghanistan recently. We should not trust the Muslims wherever they are.
How did Egyptians brought Morsi down in 3 days and Mubarek in 18 days.
Amaharas/Tigrians oppressors will say Saudi and others, this and that helped them. They give you pretext for every thing in Muslim case.
Same apply on Ethiopia Muslims.
They think Saudi, Egypt, Nigeria, etc, terrorist, bla bla are behind Ethiopian Muslims. Wow.
Abiyot Square can be used as Tahrir Square. Let this government try eliminate them by killing millions of them as john john Tigrian Yohannes offspring suggested.
This kind of elimination took place in Sharpville, South Africa yet it brought with it the freedom for good.
Ethiopian Muslims should take lessons from south African, Balkans, etc. history or from recent peaceful Egyptian demonstration.
You should not confine to that Markatto area. Go to Abbiot Square brave children of Gragn Ahmed and not Yohannes or Menlik and stay there till you get solution or remove this rigid government who despised jailed, killed, made drama on you.
Ethiopian Muslims ruled by four rulers since the country established by invader Menlik in 1887. May be that blood thirsty Mengistu gave them a break for he believes not in religion. The rest imposed vicious cycle of repression non stop.
Ethiopian Muslims are the most secular in Muslim world.
Their patiency now runs out. God help us or give us an honest leader like Mandela, Gorbochov, and others who are peaceful and peacefully relinquish their power to the majority.
Ethiopian Muslims are majority and yet they don’t want establish Islamic Ethiopia. They just want share power equally and live in peace forever.
Minority northern Coptics rulers should learn from those great leaders and save Ethiopia from crack and split into villages.
You may think you are indispensable, super power whose survival depends on handout from out side.
Don’t you see even true super, super power Soviet Union, South Africa solved their chronic problem using peace.
No wonder no one give an ear to the cry of oppressed population instead mock, even wish genocide per Assta wish, and many more evil things.
Remember peace wins over evil and violence at the end.
violence can’t bring justice. if you are in violence you are not in religion devil are playing a game with you.
my brother Muslims. some political party playing a game inside you. weak up they use you like a weapon. politician they are looking a power only.
Egypt and Saudi Arabia. strategical enemy of Ethiopian.they are helping some or few extremist in Ethiopia .we knows majority Muslim are not supporting extremism extremism is not working in Ethiopia. extremism never support by Ethiopian christian or Muslims.there is 100 extremist inside peace full Muslims there is 1000 of govt spy inside the Muslims also. this govt are supporting Muslims better than previous Ethiopian govt. king H.S were not support Muslims .compere the number of mosques between king H,S, DEREG and EPRDF .SO Muslims should be proud and stand with this govt.but christian people we have a lots question for this govt.i don’t have any obligation if the govt allowed 1000 mosques .religion is personal demand any one can be a Muslim any one can be a christian . but i am not supporting extremism .this govt has responsible to crackdown terrorism and extremism .there is no peace place in Ethiopia for terrorist and extremist.
my dear brother if u want Allah to listen your pray,you have to pray peace fully.
avoid violence, remove those extremist and politician from mosques .
mosques is a religion places.
there is no benefit from violence.
look,SYRIAN,LIBYAN,EGYPT ..they are in big trouble.
Allah will not support and will not listen violence.
because Muslim is a peace full religion .clean your prayer place from extremist and politician.
God bless Ethiopia
I seen too many islamophbia here and in paltalk room very sad, why you guys running from the truth, all negative comes from non Muslims, the reality we re united and will never give up our peaceful protest until our demand success ,
“Ethiopia was the first country to give refuge to followers of the Prophet Mohamed, who had fled their home to escape persecution.”
This is what Sudan Tribune stated at the end of its news article, Ethiopia does not deserve to be destabilized by islamist forces, these groups have got a hidden agenda. They are groups bent down to introduce political islam in our nation backed by some hostile foreign forces. in the last few weeks we have heard some Egyptian politicians expressing their intention to destabilize Ethiopia to secure smooth flow of water to Egypt. Does Ethiopia deserve to stay in the dark to sustain better living standards for Egypt..? I leave the question to Ethiopians and peace loving Egyptians, the answer is clear there should be a win win solution to sort out the problem.
Egypt seems to have handed close to half a million dollar to PFDJ/EPLF to fund and support the G7. G7 is now using its money partly to create instability and chaos in Ethiopia, its up to each and every Ethiopian to stop foreign forces which are meddling in its internal affairs. Any attempt to destabilize Ethiopia in the name of religion and “dimtsatchin Yisema” should stop once and for all.
Ethiopia is a country of many religions and Ethnic groups, no one should be allowed to halt our development or distract us from our pursuing our grand projects. We Ethiopians should not tolerate any groups which are working as a foot soldiers of foreign elements.
Long live Ethiopia
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