(AA) – Tens of thousands of Ethiopians converged on a main square in the capital Addis Ababa to protest against the purported killing of around 30 countrymen by Daesh in Libya.
Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn, Deputy Prime Minister Demeke Mekonnen, Foreign Minister Tedros Adhanom, senior government officials, religious leaders, and diplomats participated in the massive gathering in Meskel Square.
Some of the families of the victims were also present, holding framed photographs of their slain relatives.
Addressing the gathering, Desalegn expressed deep sorrow over the “heinous crime” perpetrated against the Ethiopian migrant workers in Libya.
He also asserted that his country would align itself with the international community to fight terrorism, which he said, “knows no bounds.”
A video released by Daesh on Sunday purportedly shows the execution of dozens of Ethiopian Christians by the group’s affiliates in two different parts of Libya.
The video shows over 15 dark-skinned men wearing black suits purportedly being shot in the head in the southern Fezzan region.
It shows another ten people, also dark-skinned but wearing orange jumpsuits, being beheaded on the coast of Libya’s northern Barqa region.
On Monday, the Ethiopian government confirmed that the men slain in the video were all Ethiopians. The country’s parliament declared three days of national mourning beginning on Wednesday.
The demonstration ended in clashes between a group of demonstrators and police, an Anadolu Agency correspondent reported.
As the event was drawing to a close, a scuffle occurred between a group of young people and policemen.
Police fired teargas to disperse the stone-throwing mob and arrested a number of the protesters, the AA reporter said, noting that casualties have been reported from both sides.