Addis Ababa police in clash with secondary school students, one killed

Ethiopia: Addis Ababa police in clash with secondary school students, one killed

 

Ethiopia: Addis Ababa police in clash with secondary school students, one killed

BBC Monitoring Service - United Kingdom; Apr 18, 2001

 

Text of report in English by Ethiopian newspaper The Reporter on 18 April

 

Tension between the police and high school students has escalated in the streets of Addis Ababa as the crisis in the Addis Ababa University continues to mount.

 

Students of Entoto technical and Vocational School, Menelik Senior secondary School and Yekatit 12 Senior Secondary School clashed with police while they were expressing their support for university students chanting slogans in the streets. These students hurled stones against police and the latter retaliated by shooting bullets over heads of the protesters. Due to this clash, the windows of nearby buildings, such as the Ministry of Education, the Tourist Hotel and the Commercial Bank were

shattered by stones thrown by the students.

 

According to eye witnesses, an unknown number of children were reported to be wounded by police shots. The whole of yesterday afternoon police repeatedly shot fires to disband the students. However, it was learnt that the crisis rather spread to other high schools.

 

According to sources, the deceased was an Oromo student. This news infuriated Oromo students of the Addis Ababa University and they joined other students in the opposition. Previously, most Oromo students were reported to have excluded themselves from other students.

 

In a related development, some Oromo students demanded that they be given the body of the deceased which was rejected by the hospital administration. The latter responded by saying that it would give the body to the police commission of the Oromiya Regional State, our sources added.

 

Source: The Reporter, Addis Ababa, in English 18 Apr 01 p1

/BBC Monitoring/ BBC.

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