Command Post urges public to carry out normal day-to-day activities, reject intimidating social media posts

Addis Ababa, March 5, 2018 (FBC) –The Command Post has urged the society to carry out their normal day-to-day activities by ignoring information being circulated via social media to incite violence.

The public should know that these social media posts are illegal and purposely aimed at affecting peaceful activities by terrorizing citizens, it said.

Accordingly, the public need to carry out their normal daily activities as usual without any fear, the Command Post stated.

The Command Post recently noted that necessary measures could be taken against those who will breach directives of the State of Emergency declared on February 16, 2018.

The directives issued by the Command Post prohibit disrupting transport services, free movement of people, service delivery of private and public service institutions as well as closing commercial centers and shops.

Moreover, it also prohibits being absent from work without enough reason, disappearing from work, strike and intentional underperformance as well as harming by any means public, government and private properties.

In order to ensure peace and the well being of the people, the Command Post forbids staging a rally and public meeting without permission.

It also forbids obstructing teaching-learning process at schools and higher learning institutions, striking, closing learning institutions, campaigning for their closure or committing attack on school communities.

The State of Emergency also prohibits preparing, printing and distributing writings, displaying signs or publicizing messages that could incite violence via other means of communication.

It also forbids importing or exporting publications and exchanging via mobile cell phone, television, radio, social media and other means of communication without license. It also prohibits disrupting delivery and distribution of basic commodities.

According to the directives, security forces and law enforcement organs are authorized to take proportionate measures against violators of the State of Emergency.

Translated and posted by Amare Asrat