PROTEST CRACKDOWN IN ETHIOPIA: DOZENS KILLED


27/11/2016





News coming from Ethiopia troughout the weekend rocked the world media as the government security forces cracked down on protestors in Oromia and Amhara regions, killing over 100 people, according to the data provided by the Amnesty International.“Ethiopian forces have systematically used excessive force in their mistaken attempts to silence dissenting voices,” Michelle Kagari, Amnesty International’s Deputy Regional Director for East Africa, the Horn and the Great Lakes, said.Strikingly, reports from the Human Rights Watch revealed that the repressive violence used by the Ethiopian security forces during recent protests is not a recent measure undertaken by the authorities. According to HRM data, over 400 people have been killed since the wave of protests started in late 2015.Besides the extreme violence that they appeal to, Ethiopian authorities also restricted access to social media sites on Friday in an attempt to prevent the opposers from properly organizing. Oromia saw unrest for several months until early this year, sparked by plans to allocate farmland in the region, which surrounds the capital Addis Ababa, for development. Concerned about the possible negative effects of said plans on their rural way of life, people of Oromiastarted protesting the government. Despite that the authorities scrapped the land scheme in January, the protests continued scattering all around the country, and subsequently evolved into a disorganized, yet an inspiring movement that mainly aims to galvanize a wide-scoped political reform, strenghten the seperation of powers, and put an end to the sectarian division in the country.
As a large East African country, Eithiopia stands as one of the poorest countries in the globe, which can be considered as a major factor that contributes to the problems they encounter.
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