October 18, 2016
The Afar People’s Party (APP) would like to express its concern on incarceration of artist, activist and politician Mrs. Mafara Mohamed Laale on October 4, 2016. She was imprisoned during a meeting organized by the District administration of Dubtie town in attempt to mobilize the local people to demonstrate against Ethiopians protest in Oromia and Amhara Regions. Mrs. Mafara opposed this malicious act Woyane aimed at to instigate conflict between Afars and other ethnic groups in the country. She instead advocated solidarity support for those who struggle for their democratic rights in all regions of Ethiopia and walked out of the meeting in protest. Shortly after she left the meeting, she was thrown into prison implementing the newly proclaimed Emergency Law that makes her the first known victim in Afar Region.
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