Southern Ethiopia witnesses Guji mass disobedience, demanding MIDROC Gold expulsion, accusing al-Amouidi of brutal exploitation, water & soil pollution

5 Feb

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)

(ESATNews February 4, 2016) The people of Guji, rooted and domiciled in southern Ethiopia, demand MIDROC Gold out of their land, in response of which police have arrested over a hundred protesters.

The Sheik sheiking-the-newly appointed deputy PM Mekonnen Demeke in Oct 2012. Is he asking him: "Tell me, the desires of your heart! " The man who had not raised a finger to help Ethiopians were expelled from Saudi Arabia! (Photo: Capital)

The Sheik ‘sheiking’ the newly-appointed deputy PM Mekonnen in Oct 2012. Is he asking him: “Tell me, the desires of your heart!”, while he had not raised a finger to help Ethiopians expelled from Saudi Arabia at the time! (Photo: Capital)

People in Guji Zone, an area in south Ethiopia known for its rich mineral wealth are demanding MIDROC Gold, a mining company owned by Ethiopian born Saudi tycoon, Mohammed Al Amoudi, to leave their land.

Elders from the Guji community who spoke to ESAT on the phone said they are demanding that MIDROC Gold which has been looting their precious resource for the last 25 years should leave their land as it had done nothing to benefit the local community.

Protesters are staging a rally day and night in an area locally known as Udo Shakiso Ukuto and it would continue till their demands are met, the elders told ESAT. The elders said the people are demanding for their rights be respected and for the release of those detained by the regime.

The Federal police meanwhile arrested over one hundred protesters, according to the elders.

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