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Ethiopian mass protest against IS killings in Libya

Tens of thousands of Ethiopians have attended a rally in the capital, Addis Ababa, condemning the murders of Ethiopians by Islamic State militants. More than 20 migrant workers - most thought to be Ethiopian Christians -

Tens of thousands of Ethiopians have attended a rally in the capital, Addis Ababa, condemning the murders of Ethiopians by Islamic State militants.

More than 20 migrant workers – most thought to be Ethiopian Christians – were killed by the Libyan branch of IS.

It released videos on Sunday of some of the men being beheaded and others shot.

Ethiopia’s prime minister warned the protesters about the dangers of illegal immigration and described the killings as “Satanic”.

IS and other jihadist groups are active in many towns in Libya, which has been torn by civil conflict since last year – and has been unstable since long-time leader Muammar Gaddafi was toppled in 2011.

“This week’s cruel act which was committed against our citizens in Libya not only gives a glimpse into terrorism, but also shows the Satanic acts and objectives of those who committed the act,” Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn told the mass rally in Addis Ababa’s Meskel Square.

Ethiopia_ISHe also urged unity in the fight against what he called “home-grown extremism” in Ethiopia, and said those who chose to an illegal route to migrate risked falling prey to human traffickers.

“It is clear to everyone that our fellow citizens all have the right to live and work in any part of the world. But the illegal migration that leads to unnecessary suffering and death carried out by illegal human traffickers must stop.”

However, later the government-condoned protest broke into scuffles with some parts of the crowd throwing stones, chanting anti-government slogans and clashing with police.

Police fired rounds of tear gas at some towards the end of the demonstration, the AFP news agency reports.

The rally comes a month before Ethiopia holds parliamentary elections, the first since the death in 2012 of long-time leader Meles Zenawi.

BBC: Ethiopian mass protest against IS killings in Libya

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  • Genet berhan April 23, 2015

    What about the eritrean government. Why is he not still acting to rescue eritreans from libya. Yemen…..assenna need to expose this

  • Dala Ksha April 23, 2015

    Sorry to say that ,we don’t have a government,all we have is a group of Gangs robbing the country.

  • yohannes April 23, 2015

    Poor Eritrean , we fail even to write comments on these Ethio_ Eritrean Tragedies.
    Eritreans , most of the time have no enough moment , when Muslim Eritreans slaught thier brothers Christians in Asmara, I think we forget it.
    I don’t now the reason in that time, to walk up in the morning and slaught Christians.
    We have to be careful of this Muslims , more they go to school more they became ignorant.

  • Haqi Tezareb April 23, 2015

    When will the Eritrean government stand up and speak for the Eritreans who are perishing in the Mediterranean Sea, in the hand of the Arab regimes in Egypt-Sudan and in the hand of the satanic Arabs of the Islamic Caliphate – ISIL?

    Some sources of Eritrean migrants in Italy are indicating that about half of the number of the Christian Habeshas murdered in the hand of the Jihadist Islamic caliphate terrorists in Libya are likely to be Eritrean citizens.

    • Suleiman Salim April 23, 2015


      They are Ethiopians. The Ethiopian government took sometime to for verification and came to the conclusion the victims atleast 28 of them were Ethiopians.

  • Truly Truly i say to you April 23, 2015

    It is not to harmless the so-called ISIS wicked mentality did that causing danger. But to be honest this time i very doubt about the video´s authenticity. It could be the video manipulated. (satire). However under every fake (satire)video or authenticity, though i know there is for an evil or good agenda in their sight every political actors group for their political mission as using it, unfortunately sometimes in the cost of many innocent lives, but this time it seems me only the Ethiopian oppositions, so-called Ginbot 7, Arbenoch and their notorious media ESAT groups are very perfectly using it for their mission propaganda. Do not forget Abebe Gelaw when confronted Meles Zenawi that showed video as if Meles because shocked he knell down his neck, ESAT´s because perfectly manipulated the video how they profited for their agenda. Normally if Eritrea´s oppositions were be clever they utmost should to be use it such scenario. Actually in Eritrean case their is no a need of video manipulation, because all what it happening towards Eritreans is real and fact.

  • Truly Truly i say to you April 23, 2015

    As I said this ISIS video could be forge, but do not tell me at first 400 in Mediterranean sea, then 365 in Lampedusa and now this four- five days before from those perished 850 perished immigrants 350 at once of them as Eritreans that reported news is fake. But What have we done against the Mafia PFDJ regime for all this indescribable atrocity that is causing? Nothing! This time animals in all over the world has more worth than human being in Eritrea.
    Oh, Almighty God Lord Jesus Christ! In your image that you make human being like sheep without shepherded simply while perishing do not care you about and have pity? Yes, i believe it is our inquires that separated us from you, and our sins that have hidden us from your face, Our people are sloughing to redeem other interest without anything profiting us in return, pity and shown us mercy Lord, except you we are helpless, forgotten despised people on earth we stayed Lord!

  • Truly Truly i say to you April 27, 2015

    Actually in Ethiopian internal affair, i don´t want to interfere, but as outsider when i observe their regime deed in contrast with Eritrea´s, because by far more is justiciable , the Ethiopian oppositions should not to react against the regime in ISIS issue, because i believe the regime has done whatever every civilized socity vould react and deed. As a person who wish good for Ethiopia, be for the oppositions and the regime if i be allow to give advice, I say both don´t be too emotional about the ISIS issue, rather they have to be deep study, what it is the background behind the ISIS motive. Because ignorance, such emotion and unnecessary pressure towards the Ethiopian regime was, i belive one of the main cause for Ethio- Eritrea conflict begin, which was for cause for hundreds of hundred thousands innocent death from both sides. It should not to be repeat in other side. In my view the oppositions, if they fight for better justice and democracy i may will have understanding, but if they hold power i do not think they have better option for Ethio- Eritrea conflict. According their reaction They never swallowed the Eritrean separation, least they wanted to gain port Asab like their own, which is a chicken dream. But of course with peace, love and mutual understanding and respect everything is possible. What i mean is if we Eritrea and Ethiopia be think for strategic partnership without Isayas groups, believe me our both citizens were be not humiliated everywhere. We could at least live in peace, respect and prosperity inside home. By then since there is honest mutual understanding, peace and love everything what both people need is possible.

  • Berhe Tensea April 29, 2015

    How about Eritreans protesting the death in Eritrea. The Eritrean regime does not care so do the diaspora Eritrean who crave gaila and dankera only.