The incident occured exterior the worldwide stadium within the coronary heart of the capital, throughout prayers.
Ethiopian police used tear gasoline to disperse younger Muslims in Addis Ababa throughout prayers to mark the top of Ramadan within the capital.
The incident occurred exterior the worldwide stadium within the coronary heart of town, the place prayers have been scheduled to have a good time the Eid al-Fitr vacation on the finish of the Muslim holy month.
Unable to achieve entry as a result of the stadium was full, some worshippers started to hope exterior, in Meskel Sq..
A member of the Addis Ababa Excessive Council of Islamic Affairs advised the AFP information company that the reason for the confrontation was unclear.
Nevertheless, tensions have been excessive within the nation after the deaths of at least 20 people final month in Gondar, a city within the northwestern area of Amhara, when Muslims have been attacked by heavily-armed “extremist Christians”, in response to native Muslim teams.
A policeman fired tear gasoline on the crowd however “it was unintentional,” the official stated, quoting volunteers on the web site.
“The policeman was evacuated by different policemen, however folks have been shocked and a few began to chant slogans… the scenario grew to become uncontrollable.”
‘Riot’ and restoration of order
Addis Ababa police issued an announcement saying “a riot” had been attributable to a “few people” and led to property injury, however order had now been restored.
“[The] police are calling on the group to stay calm,” it stated.
Stone-throwing demonstrators additionally smashed home windows at a nationwide museum on Meskel Sq. earlier than calm was restored, stories stated.
The Addis Ababa official advised AFP that Eid al-Fitr prayers had taken place within the metropolis yearly for the reason that finish of the Marxist-military Derg authorities in 1991.
“That is the primary time such incidents occur,” the official stated, including that the Muslims attending the ceremonies have been unarmed, as everybody was searched by police earlier than they entered the venue.
“Muslims need this competition to cross in peace,” the official stated.
Ethiopia, a heterogenous mixture of ethnicities, is majority Christian whereas roughly a 3rd of the inhabitants is Muslim.