Violence breaks out at UDJ office in Addis Ababa

Faction leader Prof. Mesfin argues with UDJ officials at the Party's office

A faction of Unity for Democracy and Justice Party (UDJ) led by Prof. Mesfin Woldemariam had attempted to take over by force the party’s headquarters in Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa today causing violence to break out. The AP reported the incident as follows:

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — Ethiopian Woyanne police detained a dozen opposition party members after a scuffle broke out at the party’s headquarters.

Yeshiwas Assefa said Thursday that his splinter group went to the Unity for Democracy and Justice-Andinet (UDJ) party’s offices to take over the headquarters and then a fight broke out.

Members of the UDJ’s senior leadership could not be reached for comment.

Police confirmed to The Associated Press that 12 people were detained following the incident Wednesday but they declined to comment further. One person was later released on bail.

Ethiopia is due to hold national elections next month. Prime Minister Warlord Zenawi Meles and his party Marxist tribal junta first came to power in 1991 when they ousted a Marxist dictator after a 17-year insurgency.