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Ethiopia sees Muslim anti-government violence during holy period; threats of protests on Eid
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia — Anti-government Muslims in Ethiopia on Monday called for mass demonstrations to be held on the religious day of Eid al-Fitr later this week to protest the arrests of 28 people on terror charges.
The calls followed a weekend of violence in which three people were killed after security forces clashed with what police labeled Muslim “extremists.”
Hundreds of people held rallies near mosques in the capital, Addis Ababa, and some regional towns on Friday and Saturday.
Police in the Oromia region said some protesters fired guns at police. The state news agency said all three killed were police officers and that 11 people were injured during the hours-long unrest. Muslim leaders, however, said that police stormed a peaceful protest and killed about a dozen people.
Some in Ethiopia’s Muslim community — about one-third of the predominantly Christian nation — have been protesting alleged government interference in religious affairs for about two years.
The Muslim protesters accuse the government of unconstitutionally encouraging a moderate teaching of Islam called Al-Ahbash. Other protests have also turned violence in the past.
Rights groups and the U.S. Commission on Intentional Religious Freedom blame the government for the ongoing tensions with Muslims.
Most of the protest leaders are now behind bars and face terrorism charges. In December, 28 activists pleaded not guilty to the terror charges. The trial has since then continued behind closed doors with the press and family members denied access to the proceedings. Defense lawyers say the court is yet to deliver a verdict.
During the latest protests at the Grand Anwar mosque in the capital, some shouted slogans demanding the release of the activists.
“The illegal activities are being spearheaded by few Salafists who have been plotting terror attacks including the killings of religious scholars,” the country’s federal police said in a statement. “The Ethiopian government and Ethiopian people will continue to work together to protect the peace and stability of the nation that enjoyed religious tolerance during its long history.”
It is a serious issue of extermism. Islam has evolved in many part of the world including and specially in the moslim dominated countries to be a serious security problem.If a religious teachings has such flaws which is a threat for a peaceful coexistance of a society, it must be reformed or abolished.The saddest thing about this is that muslim extermism is specially attacking pockets of societies which are known for the peaceful version of Islam,with probably the most authetic form of islam like that of Mali. As of Ethiopia, I am sure Ethiopia can contain these threats, not through “democracy” or special laws but through Ethiopian common sense and centuries old experience and confindence in Ethiopian way.
Muslim extremism is not only ethiopia’s problem.
As we’ve seen, the US has to close a number of embassies through out the middle east and Africa, because of security threat by alqaida lead terrorists, the same as the Muslim extremists in Ethiopia who are trying to start a copy cat chaos and unrest seen in Egypt and Syria.
Our govt will do whatever it takes to stop these fanatics and vagabond losers from dstabilizing our country.
It is the people’s demand. And the authorities and the law enforcement agencies have the people of Ethiopia behind them.
I would`n surprised if the so-called habesha opposition groups, intellectuals and philosophers, who were cursing, fainting and wailing for regime change day and night in the last two decades either condemn and side with woyane killing machine or withhold their moral from such noble and peaceful demo against the ruling Tigrian Mafiosi. I`m not talking about the usual suspects of religio-ethnic fascist of cadres like Addis Zemen and foul mouth Ass Goittu the bi..chy debtra.
The million dollar question now is if that happens, and it will happen soon, what it tells you about the sincerity of the much-vaunted equality of various nationalities and future pluralistic democratic aspirations of country. Now, let the Nazret unleash the mad dogs and see what happens.
the Ethiopian Muslim never have problem with hailesselasie or mengestu here we are we Christian and Muslim suffer we will fight side by side together un till there is justice for all
free all political prisoners Christian Muslim all un till this happen and our question is respected we never stop we die together
you must be one of those who are suffering from deep ignorance and blind hate, like Teddy and gragn ahmed. you are going to die while you keep thinking wishfully.
How long will the marriage of convenience between the Amhara extremist, spearheaded by G7+despotic diaspora web pages masters and Islamic extremism lasts.Who exactly is the number one enemy of political islam in Ethiopia?
Mark my word,the first MENCHA will surely cut the neck of Amhara extremist.
Ethiopian Muslims are not extremists our WOYYANE is extremist they are Disciplined at all their rally but our Junta can not reply the necessary answer rather killing innocent farmers
Here is a statement from Oban Metho (Directory of SMNE) on the killing of innocent civilians by the brutal regime in Ethiopia.
According to eyewitnesses, the TPLF Special Forces called AGAZI murdered innocent peaceful Muslim protesters today in Ethiopia and arrest many more. We in the SMNE are very concerned and are watching the situation very closely.
Are these all signs of desperation on the part of the TPLF/EPRDF as they try to crackdown more harshly on the people who are being pushed to their limit? Are they losing their grip on the people as people begin to feel they cannot take it anymore? It is not only in Addis Ababa, but we are seeing similar protests in the North, with Muslims demanding religious freedom for all in the South, in Afar where the people are experiencing much the same of what is going on in Gembella, in Benishangul-Gumuz and in the Ogaden.
We in the SMNE strongly urge human rights organizations and especially donor countries, who are keeping this regime in power with aid money – hoping to prevent the disintegration of a country by doing so – to now act. It is the time to personally call on Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn to tell him to stop killing the innocent people of Ethiopia. We doubt he will listen closely until the people of Ethiopia make sure he has no option!
May the God of justice defend the people and the precious land of Ethiopia as Ethiopian stretch out their hands tom Him!
Director of Solidarity Movement for a New Ethiopia (SMNE)
salh mohamed, there is no use fighting against EPRDF who has already convinced most Ethiopian by working hard to eliminate poverty and proved it by handing its power to any Ethiopian who believes in Ethiopia’s development. Our problem is some people who are using their power for their own benefit. Such people were during King Hailesilasse, President Mangiest and at present with EPRDF.
EPRDF has to be supported in order to control such people, who are members of the party but who practically works agents it. Such people are the enemy of the people. Such people are the one who are chasing us out of our country. In addition there is no need of organizing people by religion. Religion is belief, and it needs to remain like that in order to be respected by any religious person. Using religion for political power brings disaster to everybody. If you are politician bring your relevant, convincing aide to the table for discussion. Personally, I think it is better to modify the rules that are not liked by the majority, and to work towards our unity by eliminating ideas that encourage ethnic based conflicts. Some ideas from the United Ethiopian Democratic Party should be encouraged to modify ethnic based politics. I think what we need is the development plan of EPRDF and the unifying idea of UEDP.
THERE IS NO OTHER CHOICE AS ONE ETHIOPIANS . WE FIGHT FOR ALL CRISTIAN AND MUSLIM VICTEMS . UNDER THIS BRUTAL WOYANE ADMINSTRATION THEY Thrown in jail coz of they believe
well we don’t care what is going on in the country regardless construction or progress we rather our freedom as abebe gelaw say freedom freedom freedom now un till then there will be NO peace
TPLF Thugs ,if your bandit masters ,as you are supposing to say ,have the supports of the majority of the peoples .So what’s the hell they are unable to resolve the crisis since last year .Than throwing religious leaders in Jail .And barking daily Jihadists ,Wahabist ,Alqaida .Or sending their Agazi Death Squadrons
and committing mass murdering as the
ones committed Sunday in Arsi .By the way where are then ,the Saudis Barbudos ,the Arab Jihadists ,the Alshebab Terrorists the Egyptian Spys and Talbans captured betwen them .Than the usual Ethiopiafirst.com so called Editor
childish propagandas and “BADDO FUKERRA"…LOL !!!! Abolbai for your information it’s not from Adgiforum ,BandalandOnline , Alahmoudifirst.com and Weslatta News agency that you can stop the wills of the majority of the Ethiopian Peoples ,both Christians or Muslims .BOZENE DEDEB BANDA !!!!
i agree with OROMIA POLICE adminstration .extremist should be remove from the land of Ethiopia.it is too late to take action ,but Ethiopian govt should be fight extremist.Ethiopia is not the land of extremist .
peace for peace full Ethiopian Muslim and christian.
It is not a coincidence that these demonstrations has intensified since Ethiopia announced that it is building the Renaissance dam. They are planned and coordinated in Arab countries. As usual they provoked the authorities and some were arrested and uses this apparent excuse to demonstrate weekly. If the government releases these Jihadists they will find other reasons for their intifadas. In the end muslims will lose. The highland Ethiopians are warriors and devout Christians and provoking them is futile attempt at suicide. Islamic fundamentalism flourishes under democratic guise while their aim is to install Islamic republic under sharia law. They don’t care if we are majority Christian country, they always believe that they will outbreed us or convert us or kill us. So, don’t tell me about democracy you aspire of, I only wish the government was harsh enough on you spies of foreign governments.
I urge the Ethiopian government to free all jihadists and deport them to their home nation; a sharia compliant nation or fried them like Kentucky Fried Chicken.Keeping them in prison longer create more problem to the country.
Ethiopian muslim demand need to answer, or the country will destabilize our leader very intelligent.
Terrorize them, harass them, expel them, maim them, and kill them unless they accept Islam is what the book of war, the Muslim Quran, says; therefore, we should not blame the Jihadist Muslims in Ethiopia if they kill Ethiopian Christian soldiers, burn Christian Churches, and create confusions in the Christian land of Ethiopia. They are just following what the Quran says, and what the false prophet Muhammad had said.
I have told the Ethiopian weak, sissy, indecisive, and timid government many times what is happening in the Arab-Muslim world will happen here in Ethiopia sooner or later. This do-nothing Desalegn Haile Mariam has opened the door for the Jihadist Muslims to come in the name of that old deceiving statement that has been used over and over again, and that statement is: Christians and Muslims have lived in Ethiopia side by side in peace for a long time, and they will continue to live in the same way. This statement is mostly used by the Jihadist Muslims in Ethiopia to buy time, and they have bought the time and begun terrorizing and killing our soldiers. Mr. Desalegn Haile Mariam will be accountable for the deaths of our soldiers by the Jihadist Muslims in Ethiopia.
Mr. Prime Minister of Ethiopia, what are you waiting for? Are you waiting until the Egyptian armies, the Saudi armies, the Turkish armies, and the Hezbollah armies ally themselves and invade Ethiopia and establish an Islamic government on the Christian land of Ethiopia? You must swallow the bitter truth that all the Jihadist Muslims in Ethiopia are not your allies: they are your enemies and the enemies of the Ethiopian Christians. You should not be fooled America would help you because you have been working very hard for the American interest in the Horn of Africa.
Do you see what the Obama administration is doing in Egypt? Obama is trying to restore to power that Jihadist Muslim Brotherhood Morsi and you must know who is behind on these Jihadist Muslims in Ethiopia.
Unhappy with the United States policy about Egypt, General Abdel Fattah el-Sissi has made the following statement about America: “You left the Egyptians. You turned your back on the Egyptians, and they won’t forget that. Now you want to continue turning your backs on Egyptians?”
If the Jihadist Muslims in Ethiopia rise up against the Ethiopian Christians, don’t expect the Obama administration will send you the F-16 Fighter Jets to protect the Christian land of Ethiopia from the Jihadist Muslims. Mubarak of Egypt was one of America’s best friends, but did America help him in his predicament at his old age? The Shah of Iran, Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, was a very friendly and trusted ally of America; however, America abandoned him when he was overthrown from power. America didn’t even grant him a political asylum to stay in the United States. Where would you run to save your skin when the Jihadist Muslims in Ethiopia take over your Christian country?
You still have enough time to act and to completely destroy those Jihadist Muslims who have been protesting and praying on the streets for almost two years. By praying on the streets and protesting peacefully, they have exposed you to the world as an oppressive government. You have refused to act as soon as the Muslims got out of the Mosques and began protesting on the streets of Addis Ababa. Now the world sees you as an aggressor and them as peace-makers. If you have the will and if you really want to save Ethiopia from further blood shed, make any Muslim protest illegal. By letting the Muslims protest on the street, the world is not going to give a credit or call your government a democratic government. You are still considered a dictator! On both ways, you will be the loser, and the Jihadist Muslims the winners.
Shut down all the Mosques! Expel all the imams! Arm the Ethiopian Christians to protect themselves because a Muslim-penetrated army of yours is not going to protect the Ethiopian Christians. The Jihadist Muslims in Ethiopia have already started the war, and I am sure sophisticated weapons are powering into the hands of these Jihadist Muslims. You have no way of knowing how many weapons are in the hands of these the-so-called peaceful Muslims. There are no peaceful Muslims in the entire world! Any Muslim who believes Quran is a holy book is not a peaceful Muslim.
You must confiscate all the weapons and all the cell phones from the hands of the Muslims in Ethiopia before these terrorist Muslims get out of hand. You have waited for two years doing nothing without sending thousand of these Islamist Jihadists to jail. You may have jailed handful of them instead of jailing all of them.
May God help Ethiopia!
No more Muslim holiday!
The Ethiopian government must ban Ramadan with its Eid al-Fitr. We don’t need any Muslim holyday in the Christian land of Ethiopia since Muslims in Ethiopia are using their Ramadan and their festivity – Eid al-Fitr – as a month of conspiring against the Ethiopian Christian government and as a feast of shedding a Christian blood. Ramadan is not a holy day, and it was during Ramadan season the prophet Muhammad slaughtered over 900 innocent Jews of Yathrib, buried their bodies in the market place, raped their wives, and enslaved their children as I stated before.
There is no any peaceful Muslim holyday; Muslims never pray for peace, and they will never get peace, and that is why the entire Muslim nations are now in turmoil. Muslims never like peace and never want to live in peace with their non-Muslim neighbors, because their Quran tells them to be hostile to the non-Muslims:
“We reject you. Hostility and hate have come between us forever, unless you believe in Allah only” (Quran 60:4). This satanic verse is engraved in the heart of every Muslim man and Muslim woman, and Muslim child. This means the Hostility and the Hate between Muslims and Christians are eternal. The only time Muslims denounce Hate and Hostility is when all Christians, all Jews, and all the rest of the non-Muslim nations convert to Islam and accept Muhammad as the last prophet of Allah.
We must be ready to fight the Muslims who are trying to change our way of life, our religion, our constitution, and our culture of living in harmony with one another. We don’t have any hidden agenda, but Muslims do have, and their agenda is to take our land, to rape our daughters, and to make us their slaves and the slaves of their moon-god Allah and their prophet Muhammad.
If you have failed to understand this Quranic verse, then you will always be deceived by the hidden agenda of the so-called peaceful Muslims, the Muslims in Ethiopia. The Ethiopian Muslims are the Sunni sects, the violent, the Jihadist, the terrorist ones. The origin of theses terrorist Sunni Muslims is Saudi Arabia that exports all kinds of terrorists to the entire world.
Say no to Islam! Say no to Ramadan! Say no to Eid al-Fitr! Say no to Muslims’ Friday Prayer! Say no to the slogan “Allah Akbar!” Say no to “adhan,” say no to “azan,” and say no to the Sharia law!
“እኔ ስለ እስልምና ብዙ መናገር የጀመርኩት ከጎንደር የመጣ ጓደኛ ስላገኘሁ ነው። እኔ ባለሁበት አካባቢ 99 በመቶው ሙስሊም ነው፤ ስለዚህ ማንም ሰው ደፍሮ ቀና አይልም ፡ በፌንጫ አንገቱን ነው የምንለው!” The pan Arabist Al Jazeera’s cheap propaganda tool Jawar Mohammad. The following is a rough translation into the English language, and it is absolutely, chillingly, shockingly… unbelievable. But, i am not surprised at all.
“I started speaking about Islam after I met a friend who came from Gonder[Northern Ethiopia]. Where I came from[Arusi, southern Ethiopia], 99 percent of the population is Muslim, hence nobody[a non muslim] raises his/her head for s/he will be beheaded with Fencha[a local machete] if s/he dares.” Link Fast forward to 31:08 to start listening his own words for yourself right away.
There is no religious oppression in Ethiopia today. What the Wahabi extremists have been inssesantly demanding however is a state they can behead with impunity, like Jawar testified above, anyone who adheres to a different belief from the archaic traditional teachings of the Saudi barbarians which the protesters have adopted as their own. What they are demanding is the empowerment of intolerant, oppressive and murderous religious and political thinking.
We are proud of our Muslim brothers and sisters. This generation is amazing. No world has seen such an amazing peaceful movement ever which catches the eyes of even its enemies.
They try here and there to paint your name. The fact remains that Ethiopian Muslims are not led by one person’s wish. They are the owners of the movement. If anybody thinks this is one man show, they are far from the truth. We are showing the word peace, and it is easy to see why. USA included 4 African Embassies out of 22 and you guessed it right Ethiopia is not one of them. This has angered the Ethiopian illegal wayane regimes who are hell bent on discrediting this peaceful movement. This is outrageous. You may kill our peaceful people, but the movement is in the blood of our children. Wayane is wanting civil war. He is hell bent on to sacrifice the peace of our people by plotting terror here and there. Will Ethiopians believe Wayane false allegation against our peaceful movement? That is not going to be a reality. You may sabotage our movement for a while, but as Wayane continues to do more criminal plots, it will backfire on it. I urge Wayane not to delve into such erroneous accusations. Wayane doing its own homework to bring its end.
We’ve been for long a famine and misery poster child,
A laughing stock for the whole world,
But now praise the lord,
Everything seem to have changed,
Our cry and prayer is heard,
The sufferings and all the things bad,
Leaving us alone to make our lives easy and good,
To get where we are now worked so hard,
In that process our sisters and brothers being sacrificed,
The ultimate price already was paid,
Here we are a beacon of hope for the whole Africa being called,
Risen from the ashes in a firm stand,
This reality by our enemies cannot be swallowed,
And won’t be accepted,
To destroy us so many tried,
To destabilize Ethiopia is what our enemies wished,
Never we thought our journey be a rose bed,
From the beginning when we started,
We knew and expected,
The obstacles laying on the road,
Trying to prevent us our victory being achieved,
In the name of Muslims the extremists politicized,
Start working together with the no good opposition hand in hand,
In their wish to see the panddora’s box opened,
Chaos and unrest in Ethiopia to be released,
Instability is what they brewed,
To bring killing and genocide.
Nothing peaceful or holy in our enemies’ satanic mind,
The people of Ethiopia have demanded,
Their freedom and peace be respected,
And, this is how the people’s govt precisely responded!
ENOUGH IS ENOUGH, the people said,
By extremists and terrorists we cannot be bullied,
No more again our elders be killed,
In the name of religion no more fraud,
In the name of opposition protest we’ll not be deceived!
We already know who is behind,
By whom the extremists are being financed,
By the Egyptians, shabians, and diaspora hate mongerrs, they’ve been lead,
It is clear to see we are not blind,
Thanks to God!
We are in a good hand!
We are protected!
Our developmental progress, freedom and democracy cannot be compromised,
Our strong govt EPRDF will never be yielded!
All Ethiopia’s enemies Diaspora losers shabia alike, your cause is dead!
Never to cry back gone for good,
Deep down under you too are buried!
May the devil fry and roast your rear end!
But before you go down mark this word,
It is important keep in your mind,
If it can penetrate through your thick head,
Nothing will stop us from going forward,
In our way to prosper nation and developed,
Ethiopia; a country for all poverty eradicated!!!!
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