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Thousands hold demonstration for the release of political detainees (Associated Press)

By Associated Press, Updated: Sunday, June 2, 5:45 PM

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia — Thousands of Ethiopian demonstrators took to the streets of the capital demanding the immediate release of jailed journalists and activists in a rare show of public opposition to the ruling party which maintains strict control over the East African nation.

Protesters marched Sunday along major streets in the capital, Addis Ababa, shouting “We need freedom,” and “We need justice.” The peaceful rally was the first major demonstration since 2005 post-election unrest when security forces killed hundreds of protesters.

Sunday’s protest is the first show of disapproval against Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn’s government. Hailemariam succeeded former Prime Minister Meles Zenawi who died Aug. 20.

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Ethiopia is the first country in sub-Saharan Africa to actively engage in political censorship of the Internet .

Since May 2006, the then top five most popular Ethiopian web sites (including CyberEthiopia) and several blogs have been blocked across the nation. The apparent objective was to prevent the dissemination of information that is critical of the regime.

Following the political protests which have swept the nation since November 2015, the regime has routinely shutdown the Internet and restricted access to Social Media (including Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp, Viber) and indicated its keenness to control Social Media.




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