Ethiopia declares state of emergency today for the second time
Tigrai Online, Feb. 16, 2018
Ethiopia declares state of emergency today for the second time a day after Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn resigned
Ethiopian government declares state of emergency again today Thursday February 16, 2018. The House of Peoples' Representatives approved the measure after discussing the current dire situation of the country.
Law and order in Amhara and Oromo regional states is deteriorating and citizens can’t go about their daily business. People are uprooted, displaced, businesses burned, looted, lives are lost and civilians are targeted because of their ethnicity. Highways, roads connecting towns, cities, and communities are blocked.
TOL has been asking the federal government since the Ethiopian government lifted the previous state of emergency. Two days ago we predicted the government has no choice but to declare state of emergency to save the country from breaking apart which we are clearly seeing now.
What is puzzling is why did the EPRDF government waited this long to declare the state of emergency? Let’s see what happen after thousands of Tigraians were deported from Amhara regional state through Sudan and the government kept silent. Thousands of Somali and Oromo Ethiopians were displaced and hundreds lost their lives because of conflict between the two communities, hundreds if not thousands of university students were sent home because of ethnic based conflicts in many parts of the country. North east Amhara towns like Woldya, Merssa, and Qobbo were the scene of further destruction last month and now parts of Oromo towns are being destroyed. All the above tragic events would have been prevented if the government did its job.
This week of February 2018 the mayhem is back to the Oromo regional state