Ethiopia declared a six-month state of emergency on Tuesday, i.e on November 2 after forces from the northern area of Tigray stated they have been gaining territorial control and are marching at the capital Addis Ababa.
The declaration came after Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed entreated residents to take up arms to guard themselves in opposition to the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF).
Government’s notice to register weapons
The government in Addis Ababa informed citizens to register their arms and prepare to guard their neighbourhoods, earlier this Tuesday.
The state of emergency was imposed with immediate effect after the TPLF claimed to have captured numerous cities in recent days and stated it’d march on Addis Ababa, approximately 380 km (235 miles) to the south in their forward positions.
“Our country is facing a grave danger to its existence, sovereignty and unity. And we can’t dispel this danger through the usual law enforcement systems and procedures,” Justice Minister Gedion Timothewos told a state media briefing.
Critical outcomes if regulations violated
He stated each person violating the emergency might face 3 to 10 years in prison, for offences along with supplying financial, cloth or ethical assistance to “terrorist groups”.
Ethiopia imposed this kind of degree in February 2018 for 6 months ahead of the transition of power to Abiy.
Imposition of curfews
Curfews have been enforced and movement of people have been restricted, whilst hundreds of people have been detained.
The Addis Ababa metropolis management stated citizens must register their guns and stay in their neighbourhoods.
House-to-house searches have been performed and troublemakers arrested, an assertion stated.
“Residents can gather in their locality and safeguard their surroundings. Those who have weapons but can’t take part in safeguarding their surroundings are advised to hand over their weapons to the government or their close relatives or friends.”
Before the announcement, people moved around the capital as normal.
“I will try to buy food commodities in advance. But so far I haven’t yet purchased anything,” said one woman who asked not to be named.
The governments of 4 of Ethiopia’s 10 areas additionally referred to Ethiopians to mobilize combat towards the Tigrayan forces, state-affiliated Fana TV said.