Although the country has experienced deadly political and ethnic violence in several areas, the rally was held while the country was preparing for a general election.
An Agence France-Presse reporter said that on the evening of Tuesday, May 11, thousands of Ethiopian Muslims gathered in Addis Ababa’s largest square to pray for peace in the country’s widespread violence during the fasting month of Ramadan. This event was the first such event held in the capital. Despite the war in the northern part of Tigri and the deadly political and ethnic violence in several other areas, it still prepares for the election.
“A lot of things worry our country, so we want to unite and pray”Participant Firdus Said (Firdus Said) said, 30 years old. “We need a peaceful country, and we want our national unity to be strengthened”, She added that when around the believers, the believers gathered around the dishes filled with dates and bread.
Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed (Abiy Ahmed) launched a large-scale military operation in Tigray on November 4, 2020 to withdraw the dissident regime from the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF). The Front has dominated the political life of Ethiopia for nearly 30 years. Mr. Abi declared victory at the end of November after occupying the capital of the region, Mekle, but the Tigray authorities have fled the area, fighting continues, and the international community is shocked by the critical humanitarian situation in the area.
Mr. Abbey’s first term was marked by a surge in political and ethnic violence, which is usually caused by territorial disputes, so the June 5 elections were organized in an atmosphere of uncertainty. Of the estimated 110 million Ethiopians, Muslims make up about one-third, while Orthodox Christians make up the vast majority of the population.
Tuesday’s event was originally scheduled to take place on Sunday, but the police unceremoniously dispersed the crowd. Since then, the government has accused the organizers of the event of communication errors with the authorities. “We are very sad about what happened and we want to know if we are Ethiopian”, Firdus Said explained. On Tuesday, the rally was held peacefully.