Ethiopia : official says over 23 thousand arrested under state of emergency





ESAT
December 19,2016

Over 23 thousand people have been detained since the declaration of the state of emergency in October following a yearlong anti-government protest in Ethiopia that saw the death of over 700 people in the hands of security forces.

Head of the command post in charge of the state of emergency, minister of defense Siraj Fegesa told local media that 18 of the detainees were members of the government’s security force.

Government officials meanwhile said over the weekend that about 9,000 people would be released on Wednesday.

About 12,500 people have been detained in the second and new round of mass arrest, according to the minister. The command post last month said 11,000 people have been arrested in the first round of which 2,449 will be charged. The minister did not say what charges would be brought against the detainees.

The detainees were not told reasons of their arrest and formal charges have not been brought against them.

All prisons in Ethiopia are over capacity and the regime is using military camps and government buildings as concentration camps.

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