ADDIS ABABA, March 6 (BERNAMA-NNN-ENA) -- Although the government has been tolerating violations of the national state of emergency declared on Feb 15 in the hope that disturbances in some parts of Ethiopia will subside, it will not tolerate any further trespassing of the proclamation of emergency, warns Attorney-General Getachew Ambaye.
In a media briefing here Monday on the recently issued directive, the Attorney General said the security forces had been tolerating grenade attacks and other violent acts during the past 15 days under the state of emergency but warned that the Command Post set up to enforce the state of emergency will henceforth not negotiate any violation of the proclamation and will firmly maintain peace and order.
He stressed that the Command Post would take measures to ensure the rule of law and control violations. Even if the government released prisoners and dropped charges against some people, Getachew said: "It would be naïve to get any of that after the declaration of the state of emergency." According to him, the directive has two parts that deal with restrictions across the country and areas that are to be specified by the Command Post.
Communicating with any of the groups and individuals categorized as terrorists, disturbing transport services, cessation of public service delivery, demonstrations, protests in sport centres, hindering the movement of basic supplies, officially or secretly campaigning for protest, and attempting and participating to undermine the unity of the Ethiopian people are among the restrictions applicable across the country.
The defence forces, police, and the national security agencies can take measures on anyone who violates the directive, except diplomats, the Attorney-General pointed out.....