by Mizigena A
The Amhara regional state continues its brutal action against the Qemant indigenous people in North Gondar zone Chilga woreda. In Chilga woreda 55 kilometer from Gondar town in Alemtsehay kebele, awukivin village (gott) about 60 residents were detained in Aykel prison after brutally bitten by the regional and federal police starting on May 07/05/13. According to the source one grade 7 student (Wube Azanaw) who lives in the same village has been severely injured by a bullet fired from the federal police and admitted in Gondar hospital.
The source of the conflict was that the woreda administration forcefully grabbed the land that was under community ownership and transferred to a so called local investor without consulting the community.
A heavily armed federal and regional police came and open fire upon the community and left many people injured. After doing this, the federal police brutally bitten the villagers grossly and took them to Aykel prison ( chilga woreda). Some of the detainees are:
1. Priest Terefe Tsege (his hand is broken by the police)
2. Priest Tekle Belay (skull injury)
3. Mr Birhanu Zegeye
4. Mr Tegenu Degefa
5. youth demoz Adane
6. Mr Eyayu Kassie
7. Youth Yenehun Abera
8. Youth Andarg Getu
9. Mr Tadele Alemayehu
10. Mr Awoke Chekol
12. Youth Babey Abiy
13. Student Mulu Atanaw,
14. Ato Amare Demsie
15. Youth Babey Abebe
16. Youth Alemineh Mekashaw
17. Deacon Tadilo Tesema
18. Ato Baye Belay.
The villagers are still surrounded by the heavily armed regional and federal police. The federal police is enjoying by killing a fatten ox and sheep offered by the so called investor as a favour for what they did for him.
Before the incidence the villagers were repeatedly appealing to the woreda administration stating that land should not be transferred to an individual as it was the only grazing land in the village. However, the woreda administration never tried to solve the conflict amicably.
The community is still under threat as the police is stillcamps looking for the escaped villagers.
We appeal for the Ethiopian Government, Ethiopian people and International Community, Human rights institutions local and international medias to save this indigenous people from the brutal human rights violation done by the Amhara National Regional Government.