Bahir Dar and Gondar Ignored State of Emergency Declaration and Staged Demonstrations



Abbay Media News
Girma Alemu

On 19 February 2018, Bahir Dar and Gondar staged demonstrations ignoring the state of emergency proclamation and demanded the government release all political and prisoners of conscience without any preconditions.

The sit-ins and work stoppage demonstrations are reported to continue for three days. Such popular action in Oromia region has forced the hands of the Government to release Mr. Bekele Gerba and several others from prison. The work stoppage demonstration that are being held in Gondar, Debre Tabor and Bahir Dar cities by ignoring the state of emergency declaration is believed to further force the hands of the government to do the same.

It is reported, no one has taken the responsibility of organizing the sit-ins and work stoppages in Gondar and Bahir Dar, but it is revealed the calls were made through social Medias. The calls made through social Medias are showing results; shops and businesses are presently closed.