From Left: Mohammed Jigre Gamadiid, Tamam Mohammed Mahmoud and Mohammed Ibrahim Mursal (Photos: As despatched to Addis Normal)
By Bileh Jelan @Bilejelan
Addis Abeba, October 21/2020 – The police in Somali regional state have detained not less than three senior officers of opposition occasion, Ogaden Nationwide Liberation Entrance (ONLF), between final night time and this morning.
Mohammed Jigre Gamadiid, ONLF Korahay Zone Chapter Chairman, and his deputy, Tamam Mohammed Mahmoud, had been arrested final night time, whereas ONLF’s Godey City Chapter Chairman, Mohammed Garaad, and the occasion’s central committee member, Mohammed Ibrahim Mursal, had been served with arrest warrants, Abdiahman Mahdi, ONLF Chairman, advised Addis Normal. Mohammed Ibrahim Mursal has since been arrested this morning.
The #Somalistate despatched paramilitary troops & #qabridahare police to the home of Mr Mohamed Mursal & took him to jail. Yesterday, the chair & deputy chair of ONLF Qorahay chapter had been detained. The admin is vexed as a result of #ONLF is celebrating for peace! #Ethiopia #PMEthiopia pic.twitter.com/BYK7iGJlxq— ONLF (@ONLFofficial) October 21, 2020
Final night time’s arrests got here simply two days after an enormous rally was held on Sunday October 18 within the metropolis of Qabridahre celebrating the second yr anniversary of the historic peace settlement signed between the Ethiopian authorities & ONLF officers on 21 October 2018 in Asmara, the capital of Eritrea. ONLF had since returned house and is presently a political occasion registered by the Nationwide Election Board of Ethiopia (NEBE).
#Ethiopia: "The individuals of #Qabridahrre celebrating the 2nd anniversary of the peace settlement [signed] between the…Posted by Addis Normal on Sunday, October 18, 2020
“We have been talking about the harassment, which we were on the receiving end for the last two years now. The regional government is using tactics of intimidation and harassment to provoke and push us into breaking the peace agreement we signed two years ago,” Abdirahman Mahdi mentioned, including, “We signed a peace cope with the federal government and we intend to maintain our finish of the deal, the query stays what’s the regional authorities doing to maintain its finish?”
The arrests additionally got here within the backdrop of studies of police violence and crackdown on dissent within the area. Addis Normal reported that early in September 2020, 7 civilians had been killed in Rasso, Afdheer Zone, Somali area. Accounts of the incident had been conflicting with activists laying the blame on the Liyu Police whereas the regional administration blamed the incident on clan battle.
The same incident occurred in Qabridahare, Korahye Zone, the place 11 civilians had been injured within the palms of the police, in response to eye witnesses; the regional authorities prevented commenting on the matter.
Final night time, Farouk Warafa, Somali regional state deputy head accountable for general Coordination, Monitoring and Analysis Division on the Workplace of the Regional President, quoted Korahe Zone administration as saying “two ONLF officials accused of vandalism and assault are arrested in [Qabridahare] town.” In a twitter put up, Farouk additionally quoted the regional Authorities Communication Workplace as saying “upholding the rule of law is not up for negotiation or comprise”.
The ONLF chairman responded by saying, “these are the same tactics and claims they used against us and others for two years because they know they can’t win. I think they were not happy about how people celebrated us in this huge turnout. They know we have the base and support which they don’t have in the region.”
Addis Normal’s repeated makes an attempt to hunt feedback from Abdulrezak Awol, mayor of Qabridahare metropolis, weren’t profitable.
The ONLF is likely one of the oldest insurgent teams established in 1984 searching for for Somali area’s higher autonomy and self-administration. The group had been on Ethiopia’s terror record till 2018 when the Ethiopian parliament eliminated its identify off of the record, permitting its members to return and transition right into a political occasion. AS
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