(by EthioTime) Thousands of Nifas Silk Laphto Sub-City residents held demonstration demanding for their right respected in-front of the National Palace in Addis Ababa, today.
The demonstrators, who came from an area commonly referred to as Kersa Kuntoma in the Nifas Silk Laphto Sub-City located in western part of Addis Ababa, have said that their right has been violated by Kebele administration officials of the Addis Ababa City planning to demolish their houses whereas the city administration has sited the area as ‘illegal settlement.’
The Palace officials have told the gathering to dismiss that a platform will be facilitated over the matter to be discussed, it was learned.
Last week, two police officers and one woreda official were killed in the area following the confrontations occurred after the woreda administrator summoned local residents for a meeting to discuss the issue of illegal settlement.
At the meeting a mob—armed with blades sticks and rocks—that was refusing to be forcibly evicted from their houses awaited the administrator and the two police officers and eventually attacked them, which ultimately led to the death of the three.
The two police officers, Michael Shiferaw (Insp.) and Tesfaye Bahiru (Dep. Insp.), and the woreda administrator, Tarik Fikre, were killed after confrontations due to illegal settlement turned deadly.
Police then arrived at the scene and arrested some 200 residents suspected of being perpetrators of the crime, it has been reported.
Image: Part of the demonstration around National Palace in Addis Ababa this morning