Another update here:
Ethiopia is a place like living in modern day and yet in 12th century at the same time. Haha in love I say so...
On Timket (jan 19th) and for 3 days after, we had sprinklings of rain (timqet is a hola day about baptism). Other than that it has been dry, so it seems the whole of Shashemene was baptised again for timqet... according to JAH will.. give Ises!
For some days this past strong, there was a revolutionary coup taking place in Shashemene. I am calling it this due to my current knowledge of the events. It was for 2 days a boycott of all economy, the shops and transportation were all shut down, no one was allowed to buy or sell anything. After two days this situation ceased and businesses started to run normally again. Then, after one more day, news spread that the prime minister of Ethiopia resigned. There was huge celebrations in the streets and people chanted, honked car horns, and played music for hours, until after nightfall. This was on Thursday after the boycotts began on Monday. On Friday morning I heard that the prison is Shashemene had been burned the night before. The smoke was visible throughout Shashemene. I am guessing this was for the purpose of letting the prisoners out, many of whom were political prisoners on account of revelutionary activity.
A few hours after the prison was burned, federal police came to Shashemene in big trucks, with huge guns and batons, and they rounded up and beat everyone who was cheering in the streets. Everyone else had to stay inside or if they had to go out, run quickly to finish their business, because the police were not discrimimatory about their punishment. I think it was over 100 people who were beaten, and some also arrested.
People say now that there is no government, which cannot be true otherwise the federal police would not have been sent. Things such as municipal paperwork are not able to continue at this time, so it seems Shashemene local government is in recess for the duration of this activity.
I am waiting to see what is the ultimate result of this polyticks situation... It is good to say that even during the boycotting and the celebrations, it was possible to walk in the streets, it was not a necessarily violent situation.
Rastafari love Ivermore