Tens of thousands of Ethiopian Muslims forced Woyanne security forces to retreat after a violent confrontation broke out Friday evening. It is reported that earlier Friday, the Woyanne Federal police used teargas to try to disperse Muslims who were gathering at the Awolia Mosque, and when that failed, they opened fire directly at the crowd that broke through the police barricade. The Federal police’s action incited more anger and even though Muslim leaders pleaded with the people to take shelter from the bullets, an angry crowd of Muslims fought bare hands with the heavily armed Woyanne police and forced them to retreat from the Answar area in Merkato.
Tonight, Muslim leaders are discussing whether to call a general strike over the weekend.
In some parts of Addis Ababa, Christians have joined their Muslim brothers and sisters in fending off the blood thirsty Federal police troopers.
Following the violent clash, the Woyanne junta has cut electricity to several parts of Addis Ababa.
Today’s clash broke out as the African Union held its meeting in Addis Ababa. Several African leaders are currently in Ethiopia’s capital for the AU summit. Dictator Meles Zenawi, how is reported to be sick, has not attended the summit and his whereabouts is secret.
Addis Ababa, 1:00 AM Saturday, July 14, 2012