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Massive informal settlements reported in Addis Ababa, radicalized Oromo youth disruptive meeting

The informal settlements reportedly occurred in four selected sub-cities. Radicalized ethnic Oromo Nationalist youth, Qeerroo, reportedly attacked a meeting place in Koye Feche area.

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Unverified photo of radicalized youth group near where they attacked a meeting place. Photo: SM

October 20,2019

A massive informal settlement has been reported in selected areas of Ethiopia's capital, Addis Ababa, over the past four days.

According to a report by Wazema Radio on Saturday, citing sources from within the Addis Ababa Administration, illegal settlement occurred in four sub-cities – namely Nifas Silk Lafto, Kolfe Keranio, Bole and Akaki.

"The illegal settlements in Nifas Silk and Kolfe Keranio were the worst," said the source alluding to the extent of the illegal settlements in those regions.

Youth groups engaged in illegal settlements were transported to the Isuzu pickup trucks, and they used handyman tools they brought with them to prepare wooden landmarks to mark the area they declared as their own.

The source said it was unclear as to where these youth groups came from.

Addis Ababa City's acting mayor held a meeting with sub-city leaders and relevant city authorities to deal with land issues, and it has been established that the action of youth groups is politically motivated, as reported by Wazema.

The source also cited members of the city administration reporting that there are indications that those undertaking illegal settlements in Addis Ababa appear to have a body outside of Addis Ababa and a coordinator in Addis Ababa.

In a matter of three days, identified areas for green space, private residences, leased lands, and cultivated lands have been taken over by these youth groups for illegal settlements. However, the amount of land taken in these illegal settlements is not quantified.

Meanwhile, citizens report from Addis Ababa residents saying that an organized Qeerroo, radical ethnic Oromo nationalists who are believed to have support from the region's government, invaded a town hall meeting in Koye Feche in Akaki-Kaliti Addis Ababa sub-city.

According to the report, the official Amhara Democratic Party was having a town hall meeting when youth groups arrived in the area suddenly and began to throw rocks breaking windows.

The Federal Police were reportedly in the area but did not take immediate action.

Their attack is believed to be politically motivated. Although there are pictures circulating on social media showing these groups launching the attack, the state or affiliate-media have not reported about it.

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