10 January 2016

Ethiopia: Crackdown On Dissent Takes Deadly Toll

Photo: Wikipedia
Addis Ababa (file photo).

Wolonkomi — Security forces have killed at least 140 people during a crackdown on anti-government demonstrations in Ethiopia in recent weeks, activists and rights groups say.

The protests - by members of the country's largest ethnic group, Oromo - have been prompted by fears that farmers will be displaced by government development plans.

The government has admitted to killing dozens of protesters, and has promised to launch an investigation.

However, the protesters and families of those shot told Al Jazeera that they have little hope that an investigation will lead anywhere, or that their political demands will be met.

"The government is cautiously trying to avoid recognising real problems in the society," Merera Gudina, an opposition leader, told Al Jazeera.

"In fact, Ethiopian society is simply fed up of the regime, especially the youth. The young people have lost hope."

More on This

People in Addis Are Scared, Living Under 'Martial Law', Says Opposition

At least 150 people have been killed in an ongoing deadly crackdown against protests in Ethiopia, according to rights… Read more »

Copyright © 2016 Al Jazeera. All rights reserved. Distributed by AllAfrica Global Media (allAfrica.com). To contact the copyright holder directly for corrections — or for permission to republish or make other authorized use of this material, click here.

AllAfrica publishes around 1,000 reports a day from more than 140 news organizations and over 500 other institutions and individuals, representing a diversity of positions on every topic. We publish news and views ranging from vigorous opponents of governments to government publications and spokespersons. Publishers named above each report are responsible for their own content, which AllAfrica does not have the legal right to edit or correct.

Articles and commentaries that identify allAfrica.com as the publisher are produced or commissioned by AllAfrica. To address comments or complaints, please Contact us.