An amazing turnout of Ethiopian Christians happened yesterday as they rallied and marched to show their outrage over their Christian sons and brothers who were slaughtered by ISIS:
AL JAZEERA – More than 100,000 Ethiopians on Wednesday protested the killing of Ethiopian Christians in Libya and their own government’s failure to raise living standards of the poor, with poverty fueling the flow of migrants through unsecured areas in North Africa.
The government-supported march at Addis Ababa’s Meskel Square turned violent as stone-throwing protesters clashed with the police, who arrested at least 100 people.
The protesters said “We want revenge for our sons’ blood,” referring to Ethiopians seen being beheaded or shot in a video released on Sunday by the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). The Ethiopian victims are widely believed to have been captured in Libya while trying to reach Europe.
The video, in which ISIL members call Christians “crusaders” who are out to kill Muslims, showed about 15 men being beheaded on a beach and another group of the same size, in an area of shrubland, being shot in the head.
Both groups of men are referred to in a subtitle as “worshippers of the cross belonging to the hostile Ethiopian Church.”
Ahaza Kassaye, the mother of one of the victims identified as Eyasu Yikunoamlak, told The Associated Press during the protest Wednesday that she was overwhelmed by the massive turnout.
“I’m happy now. I’m very happy. I was just mourning the death of my son with family members and my neighbors. I never expected this to happen,” she said.
Ahaza, who had to seek shelter in a cafe when the protest turned violent, said she hoped the government would react to the killings by closing all illegal border crossings and arresting suspected human traffickers.