Ethiopian Muslims Protest Government ‘Interference’

Protesters outside Addis Ababa's Anwar Mosque after Friday prayer on May 4, 2012. (Photo: Dire Tube)


* Govt sparks accusations of religious meddling

* Thousands have protested in capital

* Ethiopian PM denies accusations

By Aaron Maasho

ADDIS ABABA, May 10 – On the outskirts of Addis Ababa, a muezzin leads a solemn sermon at a mosque before thousands of worshippers stamp their feet to protest against what they say is the Ethiopian government’s interference in religious affairs.

Protests are uncommon in tightly-controlled Ethiopia, and the unrest has caused concern in the predominantly Christian nation that takes pride in centuries of coexistence.

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