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ISRAELI RACISM: Hundreds of Ethiopian Israelis protest police brutality in what is called their Jewish homeland

4 Jul

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)
by Yaniv Kubovich, Haaretz = Hundreds of Ethiopian Israelis Protest Police Brutality in Tel Aviv

    Israel is a racist country. Take it from me, an Ethiopian Israeli

Hundreds of Israelis of Ethiopian descent staged a protest against police brutality in central Tel Aviv on Sunday.
Protesters were carrying signs reading “Violent cops should be jailed” and “Racist policy.” Some signs mentioned the name of Yosef Salamsa, a youth who committed suicide several months after he being reportedly abused by police officers.

Several protesters were arrested after attempting to block the Ayalon Highway. According to the police, 17 were arrested for “disrupting public order.”

A little over a year ago Ethiopian Israeli staged several mass demonstrations across the country, the largest of which, in Tel Aviv’s Rabin Square, ended with 46 wounded, including some 20 police officers. The protests were sparked by a video that showed officers beating an Ethiopian Israeli soldier.


In Ethiopia, putting a face to the ones left behind

AFRICA’S SHAME! Unlike in lawless TPLF’s Ethiopia, Kenya police under investigation for gruesome human rights violation caught on camera!

18 May

By Keffyalew Gebremedhin, The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)

A Kenyan riot police officer kicks a man during a protest in Nairobi on Monday, May 16 (Credit: CNN)

(CNN) Police in Kenya’s capital came under fire Tuesday for what critics said was a heavy-handed response to a largely peaceful opposition protest.
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ከ2015 ምርጫ በፊት የሕወሃትና ሹምባሾቹን ወንጀሎች በፓሊስ ማላከክ ዝግጅት ሊፈይድ የሚችለው ነገር ይኖር ይሆን?

2 Nov

በከፍያለው ገብረመድኅን The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)

ልማትን ለማምጣት በኢትዮጵያ የሚታየው የአንድ ወገን ጥረት ምን ያህል የብዙዎችን ትኩረት እንደሳበ (media and investors)፣ በሌላ በኩል ደግሞ ሃገራችን በጸረ ሽብር ዘማችነት በአፍሪካ ቀንድ የሃብታሙ ዓለም ደጅንነት ስምና ድጋፍ እንድታተርፍ የረዳት ቢሆንም፡ ስሟ ግን በዓለም ላይ ካሉ ጨካኝና ክፉኛ ከተበከሉት መካከል በግንባር ቀደምነት መጠቀሱ፡ ምናልባትም ከዚህ በፊት ብዙ ባልታየ መልኩ በአሰተዳደሩ ውስጥ መከፋፈልና ድንጋጤ እንደፈጠረ ይገመታል።
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Restive Ethiopia heading into increasing turmoils: Students at Dire Dawa University protest – more beatings & arrests

9 Jan

By Keffyalew Gebremedhin

ESAT reported that police entered the Dire Dawa University and started beating students, following a melee that started during dinner at the university’s cafeteria. Police have detained several students.
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Ethiopian government continues to target peaceful Muslim protest movement

5 Nov

Amnesty International Press Release

The Ethiopian authorities are committing human rights violations in response to the ongoing Muslim protest movement in the country. Large numbers of protestors have been arrested, many of whom remain in detention. There are also numerous reports of police using excessive force against peaceful demonstrators.
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Will crackdown stir Islamist backlash in Ethiopia, as people get firmer with their demands for rights?

28 Jul


    The on-going scheme by the Ethiopian government to drive a wedge between protesting Muslims, demanding respect for their rights, and the larger community has hit a stonewall. Its major problem is its false accusation that the source of troubles and all the disturbances around mosques in Addis Abeba and elsewhere is “a tiny minority” – operating at the behest of Ethiopia’s “internal” and “foreign enemies”.

    The truth is, a regime that considers discourse on the-whats and hows-of governance with citizens to be below its dignity nor tolerates dissent, all along its intention has been to charge the leaders of the present defiance with terrorism – a curse and condemnation the Meles regime’s sense of justice has cast on all Ethiopians. Even when those known and suspected to be leaders are in prison, the protest has continued in a very peaceful manner.

    Why should everything that this regime does involve compulsion and violence? As a matter of fact, Muslim clerics from different districts and regions of the country are being pulled by political cadres out of their mosques and daily activities and ordered to condemn the protestors, the so-called tiny minority ‘that does not represent their interests.’ If they refused, it was reported on ESAT Friday (listen here, tape speed 23:42 – 31:20), on a telephone interview with someone who confirmed through affected relatives, that people are being threatened they could face problems with their taxes.

    Another failure responsible for the regime’s scorched-earth tactics is the the daily injection of bad propaganda against the demand for rights by Muslims that is being served on the media blaming the youth – the so called tiny minority – for creating troubles.

    These nonsensical subterfuges by the government, i.e., forcing the elderly in different regions and the fabricated accusations against the “tiny minority”, reminded me of what The Economist wrote on March 21, 2009 on the very subject of “THE TINY MINORITY” – a seemingly faceless, nebulous entity that often takes beatings when governments are in trouble.

    Bagehot wrote, “Insisting that worrisome minorities are ‘tiny’ is in part a form of wishful thinking, as if saying something often enough could make it true, and rhetorical tininess could shrink reality. This sort of euphemism is sometimes a kind of self-delusion as well as a deception. But it is perilous all the same. All those minorities add up to a society in denial.”

    Alas! The tiny minority has now moved onto becoming the silent minority. Its size is growing by the day as its determination. People are increasingly realizing that the so-called Muslim tiny minority is demanding the same rights Christians have also been fighting for from the alpha moment, it still has to take clear shape and vigor though.

    What a folly for a government to fall to such depth! This is the price it has to pay for its blind reliance all along on its unhelpful tools of governance, which are threats and misuse of the state’s monopoly and legal right to employ violence. Notwithstanding that, however, if it has eyes to see, ears to listen, the ranks of Ethiopia’s protestors – Muslims and Christians – demanding respect for their fundamental human rights and civil rights – is swelling.

    With every passing day, it is taking leaps in equal measures or more with each of the government’s missteps and every detainee that is suffering torture in detention centres, paving the way and producing more determined supporters for the cause of freedom and democracy in Ethiopia!

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