Saturday, July 16, 2016

Fears of ethnic violence as 10 killed during protests in northern Ethiopia

At least 10 people have been killed amidst protests in the northern region of Ethiopia, in the city of Gondar. The protests reportedly revolved around escalating tensions between the Amhara ethnic group and the Tigrayan dominated government.
The demonstrations are said to have turned violent when government soldiers attempted to arrest Amhara leaders.
The Amhara people are Ethiopia’s second largest ethnic group comprising 26.9% of Ethiopia’s population while Tigrayan, a minority group, makes up only 6.2%.
The Ethiopian government has seen similar protests this year, both in Gondar and in other parts of the country.
The Ethiopian security forces have faced allegations of killing 400 Oromo people during the suppression of protests that took place between November 2015 and May 2016.
Al Jazeera reports on the story.
Read the World Weekly’s report on the allegations levelled at the Ethiopian government over the killing of 400 Oromo people.

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