Soldiers March to PM Office Requesting Pay Raise

More than 300 soldiers from the Ethiopian Defense Forces marched to the Office of the Prime Minister today, demanding pay raises and a meeting with Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed (PhD).

The red-beret soldiers have arrived at the Office on Lorenzo Te’azaz Road with seven TATA armoured multipurpose vehicles carrying baggage and mattresses around 1:00pm, according to eyewitnesses.

There had been commotion between the soldiers and the unit securing the PM Office and the Grand Palace where the Prime Minister resides, when they first attempted to enter the premises.

The incident, the first of its kind in the 28-year rule of the EPRDF, occurred despite the law of the nation that prohibits members of the military and the police force of striking. The soldiers were meeting the Prime Minister and Deputy Prime Minister Demeke Mekonnen up until 7:30pm.

The army members were on duty in Burayu town, Oromia Regional State, following the recent incident where a gruesome attack was made on residents of the town. Since the arrival of the soldiers, roads to the Arat Kilo area were closed until 4:30pm.

Both broadband and mobile data internet services were also off for close to three hours. The armoured vehicles that brought the soldiers drove off at 7:30pm from the gates of the Prime Minister’s Office.

Published on Oct 11,2018 [ Vol 19 ,No 963]



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