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Thousands of Muslims visit their incarcerated leaders at Kaliti

by Jawar Mohammed

On November 18, 2012, Ethiopia’s notorious Kaliti prison that houses countless political prisoners saw the largest number of visitors in its history. Starting at 6 am in the morning, wave of people started to arrive at the gate, and by the time prisoners came out to meet their loved ones, the line has stretched several blocks. This is part of the Ziyaraa campaign–the new tactic of the Muslim movement whereby protesters go to prisons en mass to visit their incarcerated leaders. Ziyaraa is a popular ritual tradition of visiting village elders, intellectuals and your parents to pay respect.

Government officials appointed to run Mejlis

[Jawar Mohammed] The Ethiopian regime has given up any pretension and appointed government officials to run the Islamic Affairs Supreme Council (Mejlis). Five of the eleven Mejlis leaders are active government officials, while the rest are recycled from the old Mejlis leadership serving at various levels.

Ethiopia Muslims push on with protests as tensions rising

Mohammad Awad

ADDIS ABABA: Muslims in Ethiopia continued their anti-government protests on Friday, demanding the government end its “meddling” in their internal affairs. Muslims told Bikyamasr.com as they gathered following noon prayers that they were “fed up” with how the government was attempting to “control” their internal beliefs and policies.

“It is very frustrating that the government is continuing a policy that creates tension and then blames us for protesting,” said Mohamed, a 24-year-old Muslim, who told Bikyamasr.com that “we want to always maintain peaceful demonstrations and hope the government does not instigate any action against us.”