The Ethiopian government is detaining thousands of people in connection with the Oromo protests that began on November12. 2015 and lasted to date.
Today, Yonatan Tesfaye Regassa, the former Publication Relation Head of Samayawi Party and a social media activist was detained by the government security personnel on his way to work. He was first taken to Maikelawi, a notorious crime investigation centre in Addis Abeba, the capital city. Later, he was escorted to his home by the federal police and his house searched.
Yonatan is a young politician known for boldly and critically speaking against the TPLF led Ethiopian government. He also supported the Oromo protest that swept the Oromia Regional state. He condemned the excessive use force by the government army to control the protests in Oromia.
Last week,the government incarcerated prominent political figures of the Oromo Federal Congress (OFC), Bekele Gerba and Dejene Tafa and three members of Samayawi Party, Tewoderos Asfaw, Daniel Tesfaye and Ermias Tsegaye. In addition, the security forces detained two journalists, Fikadu Mirkana of Oromia State TV and Getachew Shiferaw of Negere Ethiopia, Samayawi Party’s news paper.