Tegbar Student Association calls for boycott of national exams, classes

January 19th, 2006

Addis Ababa, Jan 19, 2006 – Tegbar Student Association, in collaboration with Tegbar League in Ethiopia, made a call today to all students and teachers through out the country to boycott the national high school exams that will be given next week.

The association also called on college students to boycott classes during this time.

Tens of thousands of flyers were distributed throughout Addis Ababa today during the Timket celebration. A similar pamphlet is being circulated in Amharic and Oromigna in other cities through out the country.

Tegbar League’s demands are the implementation of CUD’s 8-point peace proposal:

1- The release of all political prisoners.

2- The establishment of an independent judiciary.

3- The establishment on an independent Election Board composed of representatives of all parties.

4- Access for the opposition parties to the mass media, particularly TV and radio.

5- Independent investigation into the torture and murder of thousands of peaceful protestors and unarmed civilians.

6- The army and police force that is independent of any political party.

7- The reinstatement of parliamentary rules that has been changed after the May 2005 elections to silence the opposition, and the return of of all revenues that have been taken away from the City of Addis Ababa.

8- The establishment of an independent commission that will overlook the implementation of the above demands.