Change comes from struggle. We shows the struggle towards the violated rights and freedoms by others body. By Behailu M.
ADDIS ABABA – At least 24 students were injured on Thursday when ethnic-based clashes erupted among university students on Arat Kilo campus of Addis Ababa University.
The fights broke out when students heading to the cafeteria in the morning saw the walls of the main library on campus and other places covered with graffiti that denigrate the Oromo people.
The violent clashes included window smashings and physical fights continued into the middle of the day, though police tried to quell the unrest several times. Police also threw into custody a handful of students suspected of playing leading roles in the unrest.
The government in Ethiopia has a history of sparking unrest among various ethnic groups. University students are no exception because, traditionally, political changes that resulted in the overthrow of previous governments trace their roots to student activism on campus.
The tradition of university students initiating political unrest in the country came to an end when the current government seized power in 1991, and decreed “ethnic federalism” which in reality fragmented the unity of the Ethiopian people as well as university students.
Students have little interest in starting clashes among themselves, and the truth that each student is search beforing campus makes the government the number one suspect in the crime that has landed at least 24 students in nearby hospitals for their injuries.
Debre Berhan University shaking with University students’ protest
A number of students have been injured, properties were damaged due to the protest and local police are heading to the Campus. Most of the injured students have been taken to the nearest hospital.
Some sources say the cause of the clash is in relation to students “unfair academic grading”, we are verifying the cause. The telephone network of the town has been disconnected.
Debre Berhan University started work on January 28, 1999 E.C (2007) enrolling 725 students in the faculty of education with two streams, namely Businesses Education and natural science teaching. Currently, there are around 10, 000 students attending in the University.
Arbaminch University Students have been forced to leave the campus
Arbaminch University Students have been forced to leave the campus after depriving them of food & shelter. According to one students statement, there had been a serious disagreement with the university’s management who was forcing them to take the Holistic Examination immediately. Students argued that if this should take place, then we should have been told earlier so that we have plenty of time to be prepared. And that it is totally unfair and cruel to force them to take it at the 11th hour (at the year of their graduation). After calling this students who according to the management should take the examination, the board decided to stop both the cafeteria & dormitory services. And as of now they have been forced to leave the campus by the use of police force. All of them with no exception to girls & the ill are all scattered in the city churches, hotels,…. And some are already heading back to their homes.