Three members of the team which organized the ceremony to honor Kinijit VP Birtukan Mideksa were arrested by the Yeka Woreda police on Tuesday. Head of the History Department of Addis Ababa University Dr. Abebaw Ayalew who chaired the organizing committee and Wondimu Teshome were arrested on Tuesday night while they were celebrating the eve of the millennium at the home of Dereje Haile, another member of the committee. Two other individuals who were present during the arrest were also detained.
Police claimed the arrest was not connected to their political involvement, and allowed some friends and family members to visit them yesterday. But neighbours and friends said that the three had previously received warnings to refrain from political activities from unidentified individuals. The arrested will appear before a remand court on Monday.