The Horn Times Newsletter March 17, 2013
by Getahune Bekele, South Africa
On Tuesday March 12, 2013 in Addis Ababa’s Bole area, residents of Bole Lemi and Hayatt Condominium zones have hit
back with vengeance killing six suspected TPLF spies and one member of the brutal federal police after the horrific death of a local woman at the hands of alleged government loyalists.
The number of the wounded is not given by the police but hospital sources said hundreds were treated for minor bruises and serious injuries in the city’s various medical facilities.
The area was under the control of enraged residents until Saturday 16 March 2013 and government officials are still trying to solve the deadly confrontation throughout the weekend.
The unnamed woman was a laborer at Bole Lemi cobblestone makers when a co-worker who residents say was a TPLF spy, cut off her breast after accusing her of stealing his cell phone. She died on the spot which sparked the under reported two days of anti TPLF riot.
According to our reliable sources both Cheffe and Bole Lemi zones have become no-go areas for the federal police and there is a strong possibility of further violence if the cobblestone makers try to return to work on Monday 18 March 2013.
The Horn Times relied on eye witnesses and residents to expose the turmoil as Ethiopian Television and radio choose to ignore the matter which took place at the door step of Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn.
However, the March 2013 Saturday issue of the independent Finotenetsanet newspaper shed some light on what had transpired, putting the number of the dead at eight, but the tabloid’s effort to get clarity from Bole area police wasn’t successful.
The number of those arrested by the federal police is also not known.
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