Federal Police kills Muslim Protesters in Garba town (Wallo)
October 21, 2012 (The Gulele Post) — The Ethiopian federal police has once again killed two Muslim protesters in Garba town of Wallo. It is to be remembered that, last April, securities stormed a Mosque in Gadab Assasa in Oromia and killed four citizens.
The latest conflict in Wallo is said to have started when the government rejected five delegates chosen during the widely boycotted Mejlis election two weeks ago. Witnesses say that the federal police publicly brutalized the delegates who protested against the rejection, an action that enraged residents who took to the street to denounce the brutality. Then the police fired live bullets which wounded unknown number of protesters. Activists put the number of civilian causalities at four, while state media claims two civilians and a police officer.
Organizers of the ongoing protest believe that, having failed to provoke the urban protest, the regime is deliberately attacking the rural population to use their angry response as pretext to prevent the upcoming Eid Arafa prayer from taking place in public. Activists have been planning and organizing to turn the prayer into nation wide peaceful protest in all major towns across the country. Organizers are spreading messages on social media pleading with the public to refrain from playing in to the regime’s hand by engaging the securities in any form that allows them to incite violence.
–The Gulele Post