Ethiopian Prisoners in Kilinto and Kaliti Prisons Mark Ginbot 20 With Hunger Strike

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28 May 2016

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Prisoners in Ethiopia’s Kilinto and Kaliti Prisons, South of Addis Abeba, are remembering Ginbot 28, the day the current regime took power with hunger strike.

Most of the prisoners in this two prisons are journalists, opposition politicians and activists.

Today marks 25 years since the former military junta of Derg was ousted by the current Front of TPLF/EPRDF through armed struggle.

The prisoners, most of whom were born or kids, when the current regime was coming to power, are protesting their detention, maladministartion in the prison and mainly opposing the undemocratic and un-elected rule of the current regime, which has spanned for more than two decades.

The prisoners in Kaliti and Kilino have today refused to consume any food either the food that was offered to them by the prison or their relatives.

The two prisons host some prominent Ethiopians such as journalist Eskinder Nega, ex-governor of the Gambella region, Okello Aquay, opposition politicians such as Bekele Gerba and Yonatan Tesfaye among others. De Birhan’s co-blogger Zelalem Workagegnehu is being jailed in Kaliti Prison.

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