According to the Addis Abeba based journalist, Belay Manaye, around 19 people who came to the Amhara regional state’s capital, Bahir Dar to discuss formation of a new political party have been arrested in Bahir Dar city yesterday. Some of them were beaten and tortured during the arrest process.
19 people arrested in Bahir Dar. #Ethiopia https://twitter.com/Belay_Ma/status/977849534108848128 …
Among the detained include Dr. Desalegn Chane,Lecturer at Bahir Dar University and President of Tana Safety and Environmental Protection Association, Gashaw Mersha, former Public Relations officer of the de funct opposition, Andinet Party, Temesgen Tesema & Yusuf Ibrahim, lecturers in Wollo University, Belete Molla, lecturer in Social Science at Addis Abeba University, Negatu Asres, journalist at the government’s Amhara Mass Media Agency (AMMA), Journalist Belete Kassa, former Editor of Yekelem Kend Newspaper, Sisay Altaseb, Daniel Abebaw, Mengiste Tegene, Bogale Arage, Kassa Hailu, Tesema Kassahun, Dirsan Birhane, Berihun Assefa, Fikru Kassaw and Temesgen Birhanu.
After spending the day discussing about forming a new political party, they were dinning near lake Tana at the time of their arrest.
Although some popular opposition politicians and journalists were released last month, the incumbent in Ethiopia has intensified the re-arrest and torture of more politicians and journalists across Ethiopia after declaring the State of Emergency at the end of February 2018.