Police Attack Protests – hundreds dead and thousands jailed (+video)


Protesters chant slogans during a demonstration over what they say is unfair distribution of wealth in the country at Meskel Square in Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa, Aug. 6, 2016. | Photo: Reuters

Hundreds of protesters clashed with police Saturday in Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa after campaigners called for nationwide protests due to what they say is an unfair distribution of wealth in the country.

Violence broke out as police tried to stop several hundred chanting protesters from accessing the historic Meskel square.

The demonstrations started as a small-scale student protest over the government’s plan to expand Addis Ababa into adjacent farm lands of Oromiya, Ethiopia’s largest constitutionally autonomous state.

Now they have evolved into a series of large and bloody demonstrations against the government, leaving hundreds dead and thousands jailed.

On Friday, two people were killed in similar clashes with police in Ethiopia’s ancient city of Gonder. The violence broke out when police brought one of the leaders of the land campaign movement to court.

Protestors chanting “Freedom!”

Chief administrator of the Amhara region, Gedu Andargachew, has declared the protests illegal and said security services will take measures against those who take part.

In a country known for cracking down on dissent, the public protests are rare.

But tensions over the status of Wolkayt — a stretch of land that protestors from the region of Amhara say were illegal incorporated in the neighbouring Tigray region — have been embroiling for at least the past 25 years.

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4 Responses to Police Attack Protests – hundreds dead and thousands jailed (+video)

  1. balcha

    August 7, 2016 at 1:27 AM

    የትቲግ ታጋዮች የታሉ ሚን ኤየሰሩ ነው

  2. Adfh

    August 7, 2016 at 8:11 AM

    This govern mentioned is very patient with those cowards. What they don’t know is that enemies are using them to their advantage.

  3. Adfh

    August 7, 2016 at 8:13 AM

    This government is very patient with those cowards. What they don’t know is that enemies are using them to their advantage.

  4. Emby lageri

    August 7, 2016 at 8:54 PM

    ዌ ሕኣቬ ኽኝኦውውርህwe knew Humera and Wolkite issue was a time bomb waiting to happen. It has now exploded. The Tigreans people strategic goal to keep us poor, uneducated and encircled by them will fire back on them. Our demand is going to expand not only to returning our land back to Amhara but also getting billions of dollars compensation from the Tigreans people for what they have done to us, stole from us and killing of huddred of thousands Amhara for the last 25 years. We will even look for the legendary Generator they stole from Gondar 25 yrs ago. We demand they leave our region and back to their country, Tigry soon. We support their independence struggle from Ethiopia . Who wants to live with cancer any way? The only way out for Wayane and narrow minded Tigreans is to apologize to what they have done, redistribute the money and property they have stolen from Ethiopian people and form a transitional government peacefully. Soon we are going to compile genocide info and push for bringing war crime against innocent people in the international Criminal court in Hague and limit their travel abroad.