News: Protests at home against the command post, cluster arrangement underway: Welkite residents


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By Biruk Alemu @Birukalemu21

Addis Ababa : Residents of Welkite town in Gurage area told Addis Standard that a two-day home boycott is underway to oppose the command post and cluster arrangement.

A Welkite source, who did not want to be named, told Addis Standard that the people were demanding their constitutional rights by calling a strike at home and closing businesses, and restricting movements against the established command post, that the declared source unconstitutionally interfered with their right to movement.

In the absence of security problems, the command post [meaning armed security forces] is at the origin of a state of fear among the population, which has no legal precedent; furthermore, youths who opposed the proposed regrouping arrangement are being imprisoned without warrants, according to our second source, Tenagn (name changed for security reasons). Tenagn added that hotels, business centers and government offices are closed, and stressed that such acts of civil disobedience will continue until their demands are answered.

Temesegn (name also changed to maintain secrecy), explains that the stay-at-home movement aims to enable legal proceedings for what he called “wrongfully imprisoned officials who challenged the political game”. He added that the peaceful means of their struggle would continue depending on the government’s response.

In a second statement issued on August 24, the regional-zonal command post warned that the closure of business stores without reason and from August 25, stressed that banks and different governmental and private organizations cannot be closed. He further indicated that transport providers cannot cease their activities and that action would be taken against those who violate this directive. However, the lockdown boycott took place despite these warnings.

The State Command Post of the South Nation, Nationalities and People’s Region had called an emergency meeting on August 18, subsequently banning all forms of meetings, governmental and non-governmental. The regional command post has stipulated that any gathering or similar activity, store closing without cause, it has imposed a curfew on the circulation of bajaj three-wheeled vehicles after 8 p.m. and on motorcycles after 7 p.m.

The command post warned that action would be taken against anyone violating the rule to be present in government offices during office hours. AS

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