Opposition Leaders released after a brief detention in Ethiopia (updated)
(Updated at 2:00 pm Eastern Time) – Senior leaders of Ethiopia’s main opposition group, UDJ released after a brief detention in Addis Ababa. However Ethiopia’s Communication Minister, Redwan Hussein has denied an arrest has been made amid conflicting reports 26 senior leaders and members had been arrested while campaigning for anti-government protest to be held next Sunday
In his interview with the Addis Ababa based Daniel Berhane’s blog, minister Redwan was quoted saying that “No one is detained. No permission is needed if it is related to an already recognized meeting or demonstration or any sorts, so long as one is not stirring public disturbances. If someone is summoned just for a briefing, that is not tantamount to detention.”
Ethiopian Police Detain Several Opposition Leaders in Addis Ababa
Fri September 27, 2013
Awramba Times (Addis Ababa) – Unity for Democracy and Justice (UDJ), the leading opposition group based in Addis Ababa disclosed that 26 senior leaders were arrested while campaigning for anti-government protest in the capital Addis Ababa today.
According to sources close to UDJ whom Awramba Times spoke to, the list includes, Dr.Negsso Gidada (Party Chairman), MP Girma Seifu (Deputy Chairman), Asrat Tasse (Secretary General), Daniel Tefera (PR Head) and Tekle Bekele (Finance head).
Police have not yet given any official explanation on the arrest of opposition figures.