6 dead as protests surge again in Ethiopia: Official

ADDIS ABABA — An Ethiopian official says protests in the restive Oromia region left six people dead Wednesday as anti-government demonstrations return to some parts of the East African country.

Oromia regional official Abiy Ahmed says more than 30 people were injured in clashes in Shashamane town and an area called Boke. He did not say who was responsible for the killings.

Blogger and university lecturer Seyoum Teshome says more than 15,000 people rallied again Thursday in Wolisso town against the country’s ruling elite. He says it was mostly peaceful.

Ethiopia in August lifted a 10-month state of emergency imposed after widespread protests.

Oromia is the country’s largest federal state and has seen large anti-government protests since the end of 2015. Rights groups say several hundred people were killed in a government crackdown.

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1 comment

rezen Oct 12, 2017 at 7:22 pm

Subject: “6 dead as protests surge again in Ethiopia: Official”, by AP Oct 12, 2017

Commentary, 12 Oct 2017
This news item is related to a news item that I commented upon (1). It is a continuous indication of the precariousness of Ethiopian civil government.

It is in this situation that the African Union’s ‘raison d’etre’ be tested to use all its chartered responsibilities to avoid catastrophic civil war that can have devastating effect in the entire Continent of Africa. Devastation starts from insignificant mini-spark!!!

Perhaps, it is too much to ask from a Continent that was hammered down by century of cruel colonialism—driving the people of Africa to insidious and demeaning inferiority complex, resulting in helpless existence and, above all, NOT HAVING A BELIEF ON THYSELF. In short, surprisingly, even as the African Wisdom says: A WALKING DEAD.

(1) “ U.S. issues Ethiopia security message amid clashes south of Addis Ababa”, by Africa News, Oct 12, 2017

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