At Least 13 Civilians Killed in Moyale, Oromia Region of Ethiopia; Activists Call For Fuel Blockade

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10-3-2018

Following the killing of at least 13 civilians by the so called Command Post in Moyale, Oromia Regional State of Ethiopia today, activists have announced that they are calling for fuel blockade and protests across Ethiopia.

Several Ethiopian activists and media sources including VoA Amharic have reported that government securities have killed at least 13 people in Moayle and wounded over 25 civilians. Local residents have started fleeing to bordering Kenya following the massacre, the media outlets have reported. The reports stated “the Command Post ordered local police to leave the town saying that they want to clear OLF rebels who entered the town recently and executed the unarmed civilians.”

The activists have said that in response to the killings and renewing their call to the government to drop the State of Emergency (SoE) and sit down with all opposition forces, they are launching fuel protest which blocks fuel transport into Ethiopia. This will cause widespread disruption fuel/petroleum products.

Ethiopia imports fuel via Sudan and Djibouti ports. Therefore, it is expected that the Ethiopian regional towns that border these countries in the North West, the Amhara region and in the East of Ethiopia, Oromia region are possibly participating in the fuel protest.

Details were not given how the protests were going to be implemented.

The Ethiopian economy has recently been struggling due to Forex Crunch and the effects of political instability, which has led to the stopping of some mega construction projects. Many government ministers are struggling to pay salaries to their employees, sources indicated. The current fuel blockade adds fuel into the fire of the collapsing economy. Ethiopian-Saudi tycoon, Mohammod Ali Al Amoudi, who often bailed out the government during such times, is in Saudi jail accused of corruption.

On a Facebook post said to be from the military Command Post that is administering the country now, it admitted that nine civilians were “mistakenly killed” by the members of the Command Post.