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BreakingNews: Several districts in Oromia & SNNPR fall from dusk to dawn curfew; night public transport stopped

13 Jul

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)
The imposition of night curfew is officially reported today July 13 banning night public transport in West Arsi, one of the hotbeds of the popular uprisings in the country in 2016, according to Fana Broadcast.

The night curfew also affects the environs of Shahemene and Hawassa, which in the latter’s case was imposed already for a few days now. Police acknowledge the chorus of public complaints about the inconveniences this has caused, according to the ruling party’s news outlet.

Police commander Reta Belachew of West Arsi, whom Fana had contacted denied the ban in public transport and the night curfew had anything to do with security problems. He attributed the police action to the need to reduce road accidents.

The police information rather sounded awkward, implying that road accidents occur only during the night, while Ethiopian roads during the day time as well have proved death traps. What makes the police explanation ridiculous is why they select those hotspots of opposition to the regime especially by Oromia youth. That has made the police cover up clumsy and implausible.

The police commander also pointed out to Fana that this latest night curfew and police activities would continue for a while in a strengthened fashion.

On his part the Oromia Region’s Police Commission commander Alemu Megra, who is in charge of such police oversight, gave it a different twist, when he said this latest intensified police action is intended to control those transiting long distances, not those travelling to adjoining towns, according to Fana.

Whatever the police explanations, the TPLF regime seems concerned by the rising tension throughout the country. In the last few days, ESAT sources had reported sizeable number of troops being ferried to Amhara Region, in particular Gondar, Gojjam and Bahir Dar, the latter wining notoriety for anti-government protests and military actions, which has witnessed intermittent explosions.

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