Police attack protesters in front of Saudi embassy in Addis Ababa – AP

(AP) – Ethiopian police have used force to disperse hundreds of people protesting against targeted attacks on Ethiopians in Saudi Arabia.

Police units Friday blocked roads to prevent the protest at Saudi Arabia Embassy from growing. Some two dozen people were detained.

The police forced some journalists to delete photos. The government’s spokesman, Shimelis Kemal, wasn’t immediately available for comment.

One protester, Asfaw Michael, who was beaten, said he didn’t understand why Ethiopia wanted to shield Saudi Arabia from the protest.

Many foreign workers in Saudi Arabia are fleeing or are under arrest amid a crackdown on the kingdom’s 9 million migrant laborers. Close to 500 Ethiopians have been repatriated.

Last weekend, Saudi residents fought with Ethiopians. Video emerged of a crowd dragging an Ethiopian from his house and beating him.

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3 Responses to Police attack protesters in front of Saudi embassy in Addis Ababa – AP

  1. gebre

    November 15, 2013 at 7:33 PM

    What? Did Alamoudi ordered the police? What is going on in Ethiopia?

  2. Development without freedom

    November 17, 2013 at 4:46 AM

    For Ethiopians there is no difference between the Arabs and Weyenes.

  3. Development without freedom

    November 18, 2013 at 3:37 AM

    Arabs and Weyenes are common enemies of Ethiopians.