Yesterday October 04, 2016 Natnael Feleke, a Zone 9 Blogger and two of his friends, Tsedeke Digafe and Addisalem Mulugeta are taken detention. The reason given by the police about their arrest is while sitting at Lalibela Restaurant and talking loudly about the death of hundreds on Sunday, October 02, 2016 at the yearly Thanksgiving ceremony in Bishoftu, Ethiopia and blaming the government for the deaths occurred, they uttered seditious remarks in a public place.
Natnael and his friends brought to the Federal First Instance court, Kera Branch Criminal Bench this morning and the judge adjourned them for tomorrow October 06, 2016 to give a decision on the bail issue.
We at the Zone 9 are deeply saddened by this news that Ethiopia is becoming a country citizens can’t even discuss anything political. Thus, we request the Ethiopian government to release Natnael and two of his friends unconditionally.