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Ethiopia denies crackdown on Semayawi opposition
Source: BBC News
Some 100 members of Ethiopia's opposition Semayawi (Blue) party were arrested and some badly beaten over the weekend, the party says.
Party chairman Yilekal Getachew said equipment such as sound systems were confiscated ahead of a rally on Sunday which was banned.
Communication Minister Shimeles Kemal denied there had been a crackdown.
The government said the venue had already been booked by a pro-government group condemning religious extremism.
The governing EPRDF maintains strict control over public life in Ethiopia.
The public protest Semayawi organised in June was the first major demonstration on the streets of Addis Ababa since 2005 when hundreds of protesters were killed in violence.
It was called to demand the release of jailed journalists and activists.
The rally planned for Sunday was to call for political reforms.
Mr Shimeles said that any group which wanted to organise a public protest had to seek a permit.
He said the authorities could not refuse to grant a permit but could insist that the event be held at a different time or place to that requested.
Hailemariam Desalegn took office as prime minister a year ago, following the death of long-time leader Meles Zenawi.
Ethiopia is a US ally against Islamist militants in the region.
====NOSTALGIA, HYSTERIA & AMNESIA in the DIASPORA===
Why are the Diaspora losers oppose everything good going on back home in Ethiopia and became nostalgic longing for the past govts and hysteric about the present?
Could it be because they’re suffering in amnesia, a blackout syndrome?
No wonder why they’re still day dreaming.
First of, not all cry babies, Ethiopian enemies, and cyber warriors are necessarily Ethiopians.
Of course we have so many Eritreans like TEDDY the asshole shabian and men-4-you the sh!t head shabian, these two illiterates and the likes for example, who were deported for voting sing-a-poor, but now regret all after seeing their own demise, while Ethiopia prosper, can’t help it but be nostalgic longing for the past. “yefessese wuha ayitafes".
The only thing they can do is, curse the woyanes 24/7, agazi this agazi that.
How about the Somalians alshebab sympathizers the likes of garbage ahmed, Seattle, and EthiopiawiNot, etc.. For these losers what matters the most is, the Wahabis and selefia madrassas and their terrorist extremist movement anywhere in the world. we know they’re a typical jihadists.
Same goes with the DIASPORA Ethiopians wanna be opposition, the headless chickens, hyenas, wolves, and jackass bozos, simply put the FOOLS & IDIOTS. For these losers anything peaceful or prosperous in today’s Ethiopia under the leadership of EPRDF means nothing, but rather a shame and humiliation. Because in their own inflated egoistic mentality, they thought they knew it all.
When they found out how they were outsmarted and outmaneuverd by more skillful and intelligent leadership, engineered by the most brilliant and visionary leader Ethiopia ever had, the great Meles Zenawi, our enemies in the DIASPORA cannot help it but go berserk and self destructive, Wishing all kinds of disaster to hit Ethiopia. They marched with the enemies, shabia, alshebab, and Egypt. They danced on the streets of Europe and N America in front of Ethiopian embassies, thinking they can stop our developmental projects by intimidating the majority real Ethiopians in the Diaspora. They organised and lead a Muslim extremist group so called protest just for the sake of destabilizing the nation. What not?
These losers were the ones who are arrogant and hypocrite to tell us proudly, “man alle endene Ethiopiawi". But today they don’t wanna see Ethiopia under the people’s leadership.
There is no stone unturned in these enemies’ world trying to disrupt our progress, and destabilize Ethiopia by creating chaos and unrest as seen in the middle east.
All is but unavailing attempt in futility, resulting for the losers to earn a great honour of being terrorists and most wanted and hated criminals in Ethiopia.
They will never see Ethiopia, but die in amnesia and nostalgia!
And for the ones crying inside the country with fake name andinet, udj, semayawi party, etc.. with no political agenda or political party program what so ever, but became a mouth piece and trumpet of the jihadists, which is the last resort for them, should be thrown in kaliti prison and join their terrorist friends.
Anyone who is not comfortable of the anti-terrorism law must be supporting terror or must be a terrorist himself.
Anyone who is crying for the release of a convicted terrorist must be a terrorist sympathizer or a terrorist himself. Simple as that.
And that’s all we see in the so called opposition camp. Delirium accompanied by hallucination, 24/7 night and day crying for the release of convicted terrorists, which warrants to put all our enemies, so called opposition parties at home, diaspora oppo losers and foreign elements alike, in the same category of HOSTILE FOE, which makes it easy for our govt to crush all our enemies in one mill.
BIG lie the all world knows about the savage crime of woyane BBC voice of America france press etc everybody was talking about woyane brutality all day long .
we was there for semayawi party the Ethiopian government scared .since day one after they learn about semayawi party readiness . as the all world say they use power to stop millions voice just for a day they never stop the truth if needed we will die there we never stop our struggle . the most important thing is thanks for ESAT and the all Ethiopian support east to west north to south . and the all world media show how the woyane administration big lie day to day flat out lie. to the all world this is enough proof show that there is no justice in Ethiopian //
MANY OF THIS PEOPLE IS POOR ETHIOPIANS THEY FORCED OUT BY KEBELE WE ETHIOPIANS IS 91.000.000 SO THIS SHOW DAY TO DAY OUR GOVERNMENT DAYS IS JUST NUMBERS .
WHEN YOU START OPPRESED YOUR OWN PEOPLE THERE START HUGE FIRE NEVER STOP BURNING AT END YOUR OWN FIRE WILL HURT YOU A LIVE WATCH OUT WOYANE .
SINCE YOU ARE IN POWER YOU TOOK OUR HISTORICAL PORT AWAY
WE NEVER SAY ANYTHING BUT NOW WE SAY LET OUT OUR CLEAN BROTHERS AND SISTERS FROM JAIL IMMIDIATLY ESKEDER NEGA REYOT ALL GREAT ETHIOPIANS THAT SUFFER FOR ETHIOPIA WITH OUT JUSTICE
KNOW YOUR RIGHTS AT A PROTEST
YOUR RIGHT TO PROTEST it can give as some knowledge about demonstration in the west.
What speech is protected?
The First Amendment protects many forms of expression, including the right to free speech, participating in demonstrations like protests and marches, leafleting, chanting, drumming and dancing. It also protects “symbolic speech,” e.g., wearing T-shirts with messages, carrying signs, sculptures or puppets, etc.
Are there limits on what I can say?
Yes. The First Amendment broadly protects speech, including controversial viewpoints and criticism of virtually anything, including government officials, but there are limits. You can be arrested for encouraging “imminent” violence or other immediate illegal activities that threaten harm to people or property. It’s a federal crime to threaten to harm the president or vice president.
Can violence or property destruction ever be constitutionally protected?
No. Violence or criminal activity does not become constitutional simply because you do it while expressing a political message.
Where can I exercise my speech rights?
On any private property where the owner gives permission (the owner always decides) and in any area open to the public, such as streets, sidewalks, town squares or parks. If you plan to or actually block passage on a street or sidewalk, you must apply for a permit.
Can I express myself in public places without a permit?
Yes, you can picket or leaflet in public places by yourself or in small groups without a permit so long as you are not blocking streets or sidewalks.
Can I approach other people in public areas?
Yes. You may approach pedestrians with leaflets, newspapers, petitions and requests for donations. But you cannot prevent people from getting by or walking away, and should leave them alone if asked to do so. You cannot block building entrances.
Can I heckle other speakers?
Yes, unless you attempt to physically disrupt an event or drown out other speakers. If speakers have a permit to use a public space, hecklers may be required to stand outside that area. Police may keep two opposing groups separated but should allow them to be within the same general area.
What should I do if I am ordered to disperse?
A police officer can order a “disorderly” group to leave an area, even in a place where they have a right or a permit to be, if that officer reasonably expects the group’s presence will result in substantial harm or serious inconvenience, annoyance or alarm. If you hear an officer give an order to disperse, you will be arrested if you do not obey.
Is civil disobedience constitutionally protected?
No. Civil disobedience - peaceful, but unlawful, activities as a form of protest - can legally be (and often is) prosecuted. You may be arrested. Make arrangements with a lawyer in advance.
INTERACTIONS WITH LAW ENFORCEMENT
Can I record or photograph police in public?
Yes. Pennsylvania law forbids audio recordings of what people say without their permission if they have a reasonable expectation of privacy, but that does not apply to police who are performing official duties in public. Police also can record or photograph demonstrators.
Can police legally attend a protest undercover?
Yes. And you should be aware that they may try to attend planning meetings to learn about plans for illegal activity.
Do I have to show ID when police demand it?
Not in Pennsylvania. If you are detained or arrested, you may choose to show ID when police demand it. If you choose not to show ID, you could be detained for a longer time while police attempt to identify you. If you are an undocumented immigrant, showing your ID may result in your detention by immigration authorities.
Can police search demonstrators?
If police have reasonable suspicion that you are involved in or about to commit criminal activity, they can frisk your outer clothing to search for weapons.
Can police search bags and containers without probable cause?
Yes, if you are entering what has been marked a secure area. But you can refuse and should be allowed to leave. Otherwise, police can only search bags if they have probable cause that it contains contraband, weapons or evidence of illegal activity.
IF YOU ARE STOPPED OR QUESTIONED BY POLICE
Police may legally stop and detain you only if they reasonably suspect that you have committed, are committing or are about to commit a crime.
Determine if you are being detained by asking the officer if you are free to leave.
Stay calm and in control of your words, body language and emotions.
If police ask to frisk and “pat down” your outer clothing, tell them you do not consent, but do not physically resist. Also, say clearly that you do not consent to further search.
The First Amendment allows you to criticize or swear at the police, but especially in tense situations, insulting, arguing with or running away from the police may get you arrested.
In Pennsylvania, you do not have to give the police any information. But if you do talk to the police, do not lie. That is a crime. Remember, anything you say or do can be used against you.
Keep your hands where police can see them and don’t make any sudden moves.
Remember officers’ badge and patrol car numbers.
Write down everything you remember ASAP.
Try to find witnesses, and get their names and phone numbers.
If you are injured, take photos of the injuries ASAP but get medical attention first.
Even if you think the police are doing something wrong or illegal, do not argue with them or physically struggle. You won’t win and the charges against you are likely to be more severe. Police misconduct should be addressed only after the fact.
IF YOU ARE ARRESTED OR TAKEN TO A POLICE STATION
Ask for a lawyer immediately if you are arrested. If you can’t afford a lawyer, you are entitled to a free, court-appointed lawyer.
You have the right to remain silent. You may simply say, “I am going to remain silent and would like a lawyer.” If you are not an undocumented immigrant, you may choose to give your name and address to law enforcement. But, in Pennsylvania, you are not required to give any information.
Do not discuss your case over the phone; calls from police stations and jails may be monitored or recorded. Do not discuss your case with others being held; they may be undercover police.
Do not make any decisions in your case until you have spoken with a lawyer.
You must be taken before a judge without unreasonable delay (no longer than 48 hours). The
48 hours do not include the day of the arrest, weekends or legal holidays.
A judge will decide if the charges against you are supported by probable cause, and if so the judge may set bail. Bail may be denied if you don’t have ID.
THINGS TO KEEP IN MIND
Carry ID. Never carry false ID.
You should make arrangements in advance with friends about what to do if one of you is arrested.
Memorize important phone numbers. If you are arrested your personal possessions, including your cell phone, will be taken by the police.
Avoid carrying drugs or weapons - even a pocketknife. If you are arrested, you could face additional charges for their possession.
If you have an outstanding warrant or problems with your immigration status, you may encounter problems if you are arrested during the protest.
If you take medication for a chronic condition, you should consider how long you can go without your medication if you are arrested. If you own a medical alert tag, wear it.
You mean “SHIMELES KEMAL” or “SHAMELESS CAMEL"…LOL !!!Adgi
time to talk about your own Origin ,specially of your Banda Pa
the same as your Dead Master and your own Agazi Bosses as the whole before opening your stinky mouth .LEKAMMI AMICHE BANDA !!!!
We once again invite you to Watch
the latest commentary of your dear Friend Pig Ben on your Bandits Comedy of the last Sundays ,which certainly be a cure
for your “HYSTERIA ” and “AMNESIA”
Addis Zemen , please stop painting all those who live abroad (diaspora..term you seem to like to use with little or no knowledge of its origin) as anti -Ethiopia.
Everyone has the right to oppose or support any government without fear and intimidation.
only you and EPDRF seem to know and posses all that is good for ethiopians.
I am not mistaken if I say a five year old child thinks better than you.
I think the so called Semayawi party is becoming another kinijit before even IT attempts to go to the next election pols. It is acting like the current government, abide by the law of the land or break the law of the land,
First what is the purpose of this demonstration?
THE ANSWER IS, IT IS NOTHING OTHER THAN A PLANED ETHIOPIAN RELIGION TOLERANCE DEMONSTRATION.
whether this interfaith demonstration is stage and supported by the current divisive government, the message is loud and clear lets not allow religious extremists make our country Ethiopia a blood bath.
The so called semayawi party dam official should have taken this opportunity to show to the world Ethiopia is a land where there is a religious harmony and where an individual faith belongs only to him or her and Ethiopia is for all. Unfortunately this Semayawi party again dashed another blinking hope to topple the current government by balot box.
SEMAYAWI PARTY IS BECOMING ANOTHER HEEL PARTY THAT EQUALS GINBOT 7. WELL DONE YOU HAVE DONE YOUR JOB AS ORDERED BY YOUR MASTERS “ETHIOPIAN ENEMIES.”
EPDRF IS BAD, BUT YOU SEMAYAWI PARTY LEADERS ARE THE WORST.
WE SHOULD ALL BE ETHIOPIAN FIRST AND KEEP OUR RELIGION FOR OURSELVES, AND WHERE IT BELONGS
“IN A PANDORA BOX.
We do not need another, TUNISIA, LIBYA, EGYPT, SYRIA
The current Ethiopia government has to go, and it should be by ballot box, not by blood bath as the G7 wishes by the BBC and coalation paramilitaries of Ethiopian enemy bombs who are salivating to target what ever little infrastructure our country has and is struggling to. ANOTHER KOSOVO DREAM.
GOD BLESS ETHIOPIA AND TRUE ETHIOPIANS.
NEARLY 100 (ONE-HUNDRED) OFFICIALLY REGISTRED POLITICAL PARTIES IN ETHIOPIA, OVER 90% OPPOSITION!
GREAT NGO BUSINESS FOR FOREIGN GRANT $$$!
Seymayawi or red these are extreemists paid by Ethiopian haters. We want our peace and stability. We want to progress and prosper. These people do not have love for themselves and for their country. They are all loosers fighting within their own hearts. Christian or Muslim a true Ethiopian does not want choes. This is not the West. This is Ethiopia. In Ethiopia what applies to Ethiopians is going to be applied. The west system does not fit in to ours. Stop comparing Ethiopia with other nations please. We are unique like our looks and we have a unique culuture and way of doing things. BEKA. May God Bless Ethiopia and its Nations.
The problem with you losers in the diaspora is, your decayed mentality, and the lost gut in your stomach which makes you act in cowardice to swallow the reality. I know you will never find that gut, and you will die in denial.
The brain dead diaspora losers with decayed mentality cannot grasp the reality on the ground. They persist on their own non-existent and empty hallucination.
The hopeless vultures, the likes of abebe gelebaw, tamagne qezene, eliass kift kit, alemaria shabia bariya, birrahun nega, and all the esat crew etc.. are now acting like a trapped mouse. They know it is the end of their road.
These few losers and their followers, between 2,000 & 5,000, cannot by any means represent the rest million diaspora real Ethiopians, who already know who the diaspora losers are.
The desperate power hangry diaspora idiots look like they wouldn’t even mind to follow a shadow of baloon in the name of opposition…. That’s way they have developed the habit of forming and braking political organization…LOL. We just have to wait and see who will come and disappear next…LOL.
God bless the world!
Hear me Tigria ones you cut out my head in front but you will never in rest all life you have after.
You sucked my beloved people blood long enough and now your turn to be burn a live and clean out from map of Ethiopia forever.
Your sub-human animal natur can’t work longar.Be sure and stay there!!
I think we all ethiopia should stand for mother land ethiopia prosper, we should learn out going on rest of the world, Godless our mother land ethiopia.
Addis Zemen (visitor): The fascist
This is what you call it a fat cadre foot soldier of Woyane who dares to go too far that no one has ever dared to go before.
You redfined and portray the Ethiopian Muslims including myself as wahabi, salafi, Al Shabab, Boko hara, blah blah… Just because the peaceful protest movement shares antecedent “Islam” with Al-Shabaab and Boko Haram, you equates them with violent groups.
Eth Muslims terrorists, unarmed terrorists? Killing armed fascist addis zemen (Visitor) or killing whom?
In Kofle 14 fasting farmers including woman slaugtered by your fascist boss without any reasons. And yet you called those deceased Al Ahbash sympathizers, terrorists, and so on. Do you think this lie will sink into anybody’s mind.
What a revisit of mass murderer FASCIST Yohannes of northern ruler era.
Do you really think I believe in Wahabi of Saudi Arabia where your neck will be severed if you dare sombody else’s wife or cut your hands if you steal, and so on. If you think then you are out of norm or as usual a liar who earns his living by causing civilian’s death committed by his boss.
By the way what is the meaning of Wahabi of your version?
Sharia law exists in all Muslims worlds including Ethiopia even today. Read about Sharia law.
Awole K Allo wrote on Al Jazeera on your terror film that
there are temporal, spatial, material and editorial questions that the film cannot account for. By connecting events that took place from East Africa to West Africa, from North Africa to the Middle East, by gathering actors of differing ideological persuasions into unity, by reducing complex and contingent historic and political issues into self-evident mathematical varieties, terror films in advertently slips into a crisis it cannot contain or suppress.
One excellent example a hing you uses to connect me and Ethiopian Muslims as Wahabi, sympathizer of buchers Al Shabab. Well, you are dead wrong and an evil big liar. Did I connect you to genocide in Rwanda, Serbia, Congo, etc.?
Try different labeling to earn you a livings evil doer.
TEDDY in no SHABIA. He is pure Ethiopian. Go for different labelling too.
Your labeling doesn’t hold even a minute water. It leaks. Idiot fascist cadre.
I wouldn’t mind engaging you in intellectual debate but you are a low person, durie, doorie, cheap, dirty liar person.
Your PM Haile on liar ETV said by looking into camera without any shame: quote ” Ethiopian Muslims try to impose Sharia law in every, every, every Ethiopians.”
Wow. I lack words to describe this open ended lie.
You too dashed in your comment to respect but deny the rightful demand of Ethiopian Muslims which are supported by international human rights, Semayawi party openely, and by scholars alike.
All Amharas/Tigrie extremists love to mention religious extremism whenever Ethiopian Muslims try to get rid of painful oppression and descrimination.
You know in your heart that your religion still holds hostage the country by controlling it via proxy like you and extremist fanatic, ramnant feudal Orthodox.
You hate to see Ethiopian Muslims have equality, justic and freedom like you.
So stop God bless only Orthodox Ethiopia of the old slogan. Time has changed.
Work on equality, justice and freedom for all. Stop labelings. Orthodox, Muslims have absolute right to fight for their rights.
Yacob ,hope you are not Fool
Enough for not understanding that the only word that the Agazi bandits understand is “BULLETS” no really
“BALLOTS” . Your Bandit Bosses Shall never leave power on a Democratical Process with a Free and Faire Election and a civilised manner . So what the hell are you accusing G7 or Semayawi Party including the “Demsatchen Yessema Activists ” for the sins they have never comitted .While your own Dead Master with his bandits and Bandas was, and even todays, his serviving bandit Bros are calling for a “BLOOD BATH” . For your Information ‘Talaku Tigrai ” or “Tigrai Republic” ,Ideology Holders stink more former Yugoslavia ’s GENOCIDE criminals than TRUE patriots .By the way what about the Ethnic Cleansing Crimes recently comitted by your bandit bosses against the Amharas .And the Mass Murdering of Anuyak ,Ogadenese and Afar Peoples .
To Seymayawi party,
When the police told u no demonstration, that means no demonstration u can’t argue with police officer..if u think the police officers are wrong u go to court and argue ur case..if the police officer told u set, u set stop u stop no arugment once u follow he order. Then when safe to do so u might explain ur case at that time if the police say no.. Then that will be no if u argue or refused to follow order u will be arrested now more charge against u..if I don’t make clear myself regardless of u r right or wrong u follow police order if not the police even can use gun to stop u
@ Addis zemen (cadre)
you are the beneficiary of this mafia government ,because there are lot problem in the country , you know that but you don’t care that .
as soon as ur belly is full ,ur mental is too !!!
u are ash like ur name.
In Ethiopia , there is no real constitution .
Because , everything is controlled by one ethnic mafia group tigre( may be they are 100 people )
no real government
no real police
no real army
so all these mean , the rest ethnic are under control , they lose a lot of benefit .
for more info go and check ur zone.
God gives u watchful mental !
I think we have to be very careful in opposing the government at home. No single inexperienced politician can handle religious war. To be honest we have no better choice than EPRDF at this moment, who can handle the problem peacefully. Personally, I am not EPRDF supporter, but I love my country. My decision is based on that, not on what I faced during this regime.
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