Heavily Armed ENDF Soldiers Deployed In Amhara Region To Crash Protesters: Radio, Activists
According to sources in Addis Abeba and Amhara Regional cities, and Addis Abeba based Sheger Radio, thousands of heavily armed members of the Ethiopian National Defense Forces (ENDF) along with the special squad of Agazi Force, have been deployed to the Gojjam and Gonder provinces of the Amhara regional state.
Images also appeared on social media showing heavy army vehicles being transported, in what appears to be the two regional towns.
Several protesters have also reportedly been killed today. ESAT reported that farmers freed hundreds of protesters, who were detained in the Sabatamit prison in the outskirts of Bahir Dar city.
Prime Minister Hailemariam Dessalegn said the current level of protest in Ethiopia is containable but blamed foreign countries that do not want Ethiopia to benefit using its resources, who are now “funding extreme Diaspora forces.”
Hailemariam said he ordered security forces to take “any & all” forms of measures against protesters across Ethiopia.
The Amhara Regional Administration today announced on the regional television that it has started arresting key figures suspected of leading the ant-government protests