Several hundred students defied the ban on demonstrations imposed by Ethiopia's military rulers on Thursday (October 3).
Several hundred students defied the ban on demonstrations imposed by Ethiopia's military rulers on Thursday (October 3). Their march through the streets of Addis Ababa was broken up by contingents of armed police.
Earlier, members of the Provisional Military Council had addressed about 10,000 students, calling upon them to give national service under the Ethiopia First Campaign - "Ethiopia Tikdem".
Some students, however, took the view that they wouldn't get involved in national service until Ethiopia was ruled by a civilian government. Their subsequent demonstration was broken up close to the Haile Selassie University.
SYNOPSIS: In Addis Ababa, ten thousand students streamed away from a rally addressed by members of Ethiopian Provisional Military Council on Thursday. The Council had appealed for the students to serve their country. But the appeal brought dissatisfaction among some of the students, and several hundred of them defied the military's ban on demonstrations to make their opinions felt.
Armed police moved in to break up the demonstration. Earlier, the Council members had proposed that the students give national service under the Ethiopia First campaign. But many of the students demanded that there should be a civilian government in power before they gave service under the scheme. There were no reports of violence after the intervention of the police. On the same day as the demonstration, the military hit out against groups spreading false rumours after pamphlets had been distributed attacking military rule.