(OPride) — In a televised statement on October 8 Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn declared a state of emergency, the first in the ruling Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front, EPRDF’s, quarter a century rule. It was a last ditch effort to halt the sustained Oromo uprising which has intensified as it entered its 11th month.
As it has done over the last two decades, the Tigrayan People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) dominated regime resorted to the federal constitution (Article 93) to intensify and legitimize its oppression.
Ironically, EPRDF has utterly ignored and even trampled upon the same constitution for 25 long years when citizens exercised their right to freedom of expression (Art 29), peaceful assembly (Art 30), right to life (Art 15), prohibition of inhumane treatment (Art 18), freedom of religion (Art 29) and many other provisions..... See More
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