The late dictator’s funeral scaled down because of security concerns

The late Ethiopian dictator Meles Zenawi’s funeral Sunday has been scaled down because of security threats, according to an Ethiopian Review correspondent in Addis Ababa.

The gathering for the funeral at the Addis Ababa Holy Trinity Cathedral has also been reduced to a small number of foreign dignitaries and senior members of the ruling party, while the people are being ordered to go to the various tents that has been set up through out Addis Ababa and watch the ceremony on TV.

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The number of people coming from other regions of Ethiopia for the funeral has also been reduced to 200 per region.

The main fear on the part of the junta is that a riot could break out if there is a large crowd and things could easily get out of hand.

It is not clear where Meles Zenwi will be buried, but we have been informed that it will not be at the Holy Trinity cemetery.  There is a wide spread speculation that his body is placed inside a freezer at a secure location and may be set to this birth place, Adwa.

This is an extremely stressful time for the TPLF junta. … stay tuned for updates.

FORUM | AMHARIC