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NaMA spokeswoman Christian Tadelea reported the BBC's report to Amharic

Christian Tadele - spokeswoman for NaMA
Christian Tadele, spokesman for NaMA

June 29, 2019

A spokesman for the Amhara National Movement (NaMA), Christian Tadele, was released from the police custody, according to a BBC outbreak report on Saturday.

Arrested on Friday in Sekel district in western Gojjam, northwestern Ethiopia. He went to monitor the case of NaMA member arrested by local authorities.

BBC Amharic quotes Christain as the local police took him out of public transportation and told him that he was "wanted" and was ordered to embark on outbound ambulances, the report said.

Then the police changed their minds and agreed to take it to public transport, the report added.

Related to why he was arrested, he said police told him he did not cooperate during search at checkpoints and that their presence (spokeswoman and other colleagues) in this area could lead to instability, BBC Amharic reported.

He also told the BBC that two levels of district and one-level leadership at the region level are still in custody.

The Amhara regional government announced this week that it has arrested more than 300 people in connection with the alleged state coup on 22 January 2019.

This week, NaMA announced that dozens of its members were arrested in various parts of the country.

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