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New Drama Of Terrorist-Tigray-Tplf In 2018: Ethiopia Says It Will Free All Political Prisoners:--I Told U Tplf R Liars! Don't Fall 4 Tplf LIES!!!

Post by tarik » 03 Jan 2018, 10:39

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Ethiopia says it will free all political prisoners
Prime minister announces effort to ‘widen democratic space’ following anti-government protests

Hailemariam Desalegn, Ethiopia’s prime minister.
Hailemariam Desalegn, Ethiopia’s prime minister. Photograph: Michael Tewelde/AP
Associated Press in Addis Ababa

Wed 3 Jan ‘18 07.12 EST Last modified on Wed 3 Jan ‘18 09.20 EST
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In a surprise move, Ethiopia’s leader has announced plans to drop charges against political prisoners and close a notorious prison camp in what he said was an effort “widen the democratic space for all”. This is the first time the government has acknowledged holding political prisoners.

Prime Minster Hailemariam Desalegn’s comments came after anti-government protests engulfed much of the restive Oromia and Amhara regions in recent months, bringing many businesses, universities and transport networks to a standstill. The sometimes deadly protests, the most serious since the current government came to power in 1991, spread into other parts of the East African country, leading to a months-long state of emergency that has since been lifted.

“Political prisoners that are facing prosecutions and are already under arrest will be released,” Hailemariam said. “And the notorious prison cell that was traditionally called Maekelawi will be closed down and turned into a museum.”

It was not immediately clear how many political prisoners were being held across the country, a close US security ally.

Ethiopians were quick to respond, even with social media sites currently blocked.

“I’m writing you this struggling with my tears,” wrote renowned blogger and former detainee Befeqadu Hailu. “All these pledges need to be implemented immediately.”

Rights groups and opposition groups in Ethiopia had been calling for the release of political prisoners, saying they were arrested on trumped-up charges and were being punished for their points of view. Ethiopia’s government has long been accused of arresting critical journalists and opposition leaders.

Some of the prominent politicians currently in custody include opposition leaders Bekele Gerba and Merara Gudina. A number of journalists also remain in detention.

The months of protests demanding wider freedoms began in late 2015 and led to hundreds of reported deaths and tens of thousands of arrests while disrupting one of Africa’s fastest growing economies.

“The crackdown on the political opposition saw mass arbitrary arrests, torture and other ill-treatment, unfair trials and violations of the rights to freedom of expression and association,” rights group Amnesty International has said.

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Re: New Drama Of Terrorist-Tigray-Tplf In 2018: Ethiopia Says It Will Free All Political Prisoners:--Don't Fall 4 Tplf LIES!!!

Post by DefendTheTruth » 03 Jan 2018, 12:54

Our "condolence" to you, Mr. ye shabia lij.

It seems that you won nothing in the deal of your "New Drama Of Terrorist-Tigray-Tplf In 2018", did you? Bad lack on you, lol.

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Re: New Drama Of Terrorist-Tigray-Tplf In 2018: Ethiopia Says It Will Free All Political Prisoners:--Don't Fall 4 Tplf LIES!!!

Post by tarik » 03 Jan 2018, 13:16

DefendTheTruth: Aka defend z lies of terrorist-tigray-tplf

Good Day Sir

U R a funny little terrorist-tigray-tplf cadre! Condolence 4 what? Not only us Eritreans z whole Ethiopia and z whole World knows ur terrorist-tigray-tplf r liars and bbc aka UK ur original foster fathers came up with this idea 2 save ur dying behind. I am here to expose u paid cadres of tplf. Yes i am a proud SHABAIYA which means EPLF. Which means ur tplf former father. So we created u and we will destroy you mark my words. U don't knows or knowingly because tplf have u trapped by giving u stolen Ethiopian ppl property in AA. Either way ur 2018 fake drama won't work. Even tplf does not trust tplf anymore. happy new year unpaid tplf cadre. :lol: :lol: :lol:

Good Day Sir

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Re: New Drama Of Terrorist-Tigray-Tplf In 2018: Ethiopia Says It Will Free All Political Prisoners:--Don't Fall 4 Tplf LIES!!!

Post by tarik » 04 Jan 2018, 15:15

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