A reliable source wants to remain in anonymous for personal security informed wlka on the latest security operation against the will of the Kemant people. The security team called Task Force comprised of local Kebele chiefs, local ruling party cadres has begun going house-to-house to force residents on gunpoint to sign on a petition document prepared by the same security force. The statement of the petition document reads as follows:
1. The Kemant Committee members currently under control (in detention) are threat to peace and development. Subsequently, I support the measures taken by the government against them.
2. The Kemant Study Committee assigned by the House of Federation is illegal, has no binding power in the destiny of the Kemant people, and I utterly reject its involvement in the process.
Besides collecting the signatures on gunpoint, families of local ruling party members are persuaded or pressured to sign on the petition document. Those who displayed hesitation are warned about associated consequences including confiscation of their lands, but not limited. In addition to traveling house to house and forcing the people to sign on the petition document, the Security Force has also issued directives, the residents to attend public gatherings sponsored by the same today and tomorrow. According to the same source, the purpose of the public meeting is to condemned the detainees and collect more signatures. The process has been already in effect since yesterday in Lay Armachiho, Chilga and Metema districts, in Gondar, Amhara Region. As reported by wlka and other sources, March 7-9, 2014, more than 60 Kemant activists who have coordinated the struggle for democracy including autonomy for self-government in their area have been arrested or abducted and still kept in detention without due justice.
Updated on March 16
Wlka tonight received information that signals the reverse of the situation. The planned public gathering sponsored by the security was unsuccessful to date. The people rejected the move regardless of threats. Mr. Gizat Abyi who has been instrumental in execution of the operation reportedly apologized for what happened to the committee members. He stated also the Kemant’s request was constitutional, yet the committee members’ behaviors somewhat inappropriate and they would be released, according to a close source from Aykel.