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  • UN wants access to Ethiopia protest areas

    The UN's human rights high commissioner (OHCHR) has repeated a demand that the Ethiopian government allow his office access to the protest-hit areas of the country. This comes after a week of protests sparked by the deaths at a religious festival in a town in Oromia on Sunday.

    In a statement, the OHCHR says that "independent observers" should be allowed to go to "the Oromia and Amhara regions to speak to all sides and assess the facts". It adds that "the protests have apparently been fuelled in part by a lack of trust in the authorities’ account of events", but it calls on all sides to remain calm.

    The OHCHR says it is also concerned about the arrest of two bloggers, Seyoum Teshoume and Natnael Feleke, earlier this week.

    "We urge the government to release those detained for exercising their rights to free expression and opinion. Silencing criticism will only deepen tensions," it says.

    BBC News

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  • Genbot 7 leader barely escapes assassination attempt - report

     

    Oct 06, 2016 (Asmara) — Gumbot 7 leader Professer Berhanu Nega narrowly survives an assassination attempt at the outskirts of the capital, Asmara. An exiled opposition website claims. The UK-based website, Asena-online.com said that the attempt on the life of  Berhanu Nega was carried out by  by unknown gun men on 06th of October  2016 around 6 pm (local time) on the road between Asmara and  city of Deki Amhare.

     

    In the failed assassination attempt, Nega barely escaped death, it said.

    The man who tried to kill  Berhanu, is  yet unknown but some report suggests   as former freedom fighter, and other rumors suggest that it may be carried out by spy of  woyane( a name used to refer to the current regime in Ethiopia) and  the man  has escaped, it added.

    Gunbet 7’s vehicle is said to have been damaged with several sniper shots but no harm is reported up on the Leader or members of his convoy.

    Sources of the website from Asmara indicated that, Gunbet 7 is in a state of shock and panic, following the attempt on the leader of g7's life.

    Eritrean government orders all Ethiopian opposition medias   like ESAT and alike not to report such events as it hurts the struggle of Gunbet7 .It is unknown yet either Professor Berhanu Nega the targeted man  is in Eritrea or  flied to US.Stay in touch we will bring you the details as soon as possible.

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  • Prime Minister expresses sadness over loss of lives at Irreecha

    Ethiopian Prime MinisterImage: Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn

    Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn extended condolences over the death of people because of violence occurred at the thanksgiving festival of the Oromo people, Irreecha, today.

    The Prime Minister expressed sadness over the loss of lives at the festival that promotes peace, stability and tolerance.

    Hailemariam expressed sorrow over the death of 52 people at the festival, which was going smoothly until the violence started. He said this shouldn’t happen at a festival that signifies tolerance and unity.

    Noting that spectators were converging on Bishoftu since early in the morning to take part in the observance, Hailemariam said the festival was peaceful.

    Here is the Message for Ethiopian People

    But, the peaceful celebration has turned into a violence that took the lives of many people, because of the violence instigated by anti-peace elements, he added.

    Instigating violence on the day that the Oromo people thank their creator is an activity against the principle of the Oromo and an act that undermines identity of the people, he added.

    Saying the government will bring the perpetrators of this act into justice, the Premier called on the Oromo people to stand with the government.

    Noting that the government has exerted maximum effort to control the situation peacefully, he appreciated the police for the work they have done. ENA

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  • Bishoftu Hospital confirms stampede, suffocation caused

    Bishoftu HospitalImage Shows Victims at the Irreecha Festival

    Bishouftu Hospital, where many of the victims of the Irrecha stampede treated, confirmed that the stampede and suffocation lead to deaths and injuries.

    Manager of the hospital, Desalegn Baissa told reporters that the loss of lives were caused due to falling into ditches surrounding the lake and suffocation from a huge number of people turned up at the annual event.

    There were no bullet wounds or gun related deaths, the manager said, also confirming the death of 55 people, including 10 females.

    According to Dessalegn, people died on spot as they fell into ditches while fleeing the stampede.

    WATCH Irecha Stampede – View Discretion is Advised

    Some 100 revelers returned home after getting treatment for major and minor injuries while four others remained for additional treatment, of which two were referred to Addis Ababa.

    Aman Beshir, one of the victims, said he is getting better after treatments he received at the hospital.

    On duty physician Dr. Mandefro Kisi also confirmed that the deaths and injuries were all due to the stampede since many fell into ditches and their bodies were covered in dust and mud.

    Sunday’s annual Irrecha festival was interrupted following the chaotic situation orchestrated by anti-peace elements, the government said, expressing condolence to the victims and the bereaved.

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