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Nov 18, 2012

Thousands of Muslims visit their incarcerated leaders at Kaliti

by Jawar Mohammed
On November 18, 2012, Ethiopia’s notorious Kaliti prison that houses countless political prisoners  saw the largest number of visitors in its history. Starting at 6 am in the morning, wave of  people started to arrive at the gate, and by the time prisoners came out to meet their loved ones, the line has stretched several blocks. This is  part of the Ziyaraa campaign–the new tactic of the Muslim movement whereby protesters go to prisons en mass to visit their incarcerated leaders. Ziyaraa is a popular ritual  tradition of visiting village elders,  intellectuals and your  parents to pay respect.
According to press release by organizers of the movement, the objective of the Ziyaraa campaign  is  two fold;  provide moral support to the leadership by showing solidarity and appreciation for their sacrifice, and show the world that these are legitimately elected popular leaders not some lonely zealots the regime portray them to be.
As usual Ethiopian Christians residing in the vicinity of the prison showed solidarity with their Muslim brothers and sisters by providing them drinking water  to help them cope with the heat.  The event  was concluded without any disturbance, except a minor incident  where the police confiscated  car plates as shown in the picture below.
Organizers say that such Ziyara will take place every week at Kaliti and other regional prisons where activists are been held. Below are some pictures from today’s event at Kaliti.
Ethiopian Christians residing in the vicinity of the prison showed solidarity with their Muslim brothers and sisters
Ethiopian security forces harassing prison visitors
18, Novemeber 2012
ECADF NEWS.

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