Hundreds slain in Ethiopia protests
By ADANE BIKILA in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
ADDIS ABABA, (CAJ News) – THE international community has been advised to intervene and prevent more bloodshed in Ethiopia amid unprecedented, large-scale anti-government protests.
Ethiopian security forces have killed more than 500 people during protests over the course of the last year.
The forces have also been blamed for the death of at least 55 people in a stampede last weekend.
Security officers opened fire at revelers during an annual thanksgiving festival in Bishoftu, a town 40 kilometers southeast of the capital, Addis Ababa last weekend.
The African Union ordered a probe but not much progress has been made.
Anti-government protests have been sweeping through Oromia, Ethiopia’s largest region, since November 2015, and the Amhara region since July 2016
The protests have occurred in a context of the near-total closure of political space.
Nongovernmental groups and the independent media in the East African country face harassment, surveillance and criminal charges.
Rights advocate, Felix Horne, said as more people were killed in protests this year, the government should urgently change course to prevent more bloodshed.
“The world should be carefully watching what is happening in Ethiopia,” he said.
– CAJ News
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