Renewed unrest in Ethiopia Oromia regional state leaves one dead

ADDIS ABABA Ethiopia (Coastweek) 1 January 2018 — Renewed unrest in Ethiopia’s central Oromia regional state left one person dead and four others injured, a regional official said on Saturday.

Speaking to journalists, Ketema Bekelcha, Head of security department at Huro Guduru Wollega zone of Oromia regional state, said the unrest occurred on Friday when youths in Shambu city, 303 km northwest of Addis Ababa, tried to rob passing trucks carrying sugar.

The incident is the second time in two months that unrest over sugar being transported in Oromia caused deaths.

In October, at least eight people died in Ambo city, 130 km north of Addis Ababa, when police and soldiers used live rounds against angry demonstrators who blocked roads to prevent transportation of sugar.

The demonstrators believed erroneously sugar from nearby Fincha sugar factory was being transported illegally to other places.

Ethiopia is in the midst of a severe sugar shortage which the Ethiopian government blames on bad weather condition that halved the country’s sugar production last year.

Oromia, Ethiopia’s largest regional state, has seen large anti-government protests by ethnic Oromos since the end of 2015, leaving hundreds of people dead.

Oromos, Ethiopia’s largest ethnic group making up a third of the country’s 100 million population, complain of decades of economic, political and social marginalization by successive governments.

Martial law declared in October 2016 and later lifted in August 2017 had calmed Oromia regional state, but renewed anti-government protests starting October left several people dead and property damages.

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One Response to Renewed unrest in Ethiopia Oromia regional state leaves one dead

  1. Ethiopian by blood Reply

    January 1, 2018 at 5:55 PM

    OROMO NEEDS TO ABIDE BY THE LAW OF THE LAND AND STOP VANDALISING PROPERTIES AND COMMITTING CONTINUES GENOCIDE AGAINST OTHER ETHNICITY LIVING WITH THEM. OROMO GOT USED GETTING SOMETHING WHEN EVER THEY PROTEST ENOUGH IS ENOUGH YOU ARE NOT HALVE THE POPULATION OF ETHIOPIA BUT YOU ARE 20% OF THE POPULATION BUT YET OROMO HAS HALF OF THE PARLIAMENTARY SEATS WHY IS THAT? MOST MINISTERS ARE OROMO WHY IS THAT? THE REASON THEY DOING THESE CRIMINAL ACTIVITIES IS THEY GETTING WHAT EVER THEY ASK FOR THEY CAN CLAIM LAND AND THEY WILL GET IT THEY CAN MURDER ANYONE AND ACAUSE THE DEAD FOR INITIATING THE CAUSE WE KNOW THE MAJORITY OF THE GOVERNMENT IS OROMO SO WE DON’T EXPECT ANYTHING TO BE DONE BY THE GOVERNMENT BUT THE ETHIOPIAN NEED TO UNITE AGAINST THIS INJUSTICE THEY NEED TO STOP THE OROMO WE ALLREADY SEE THE 1992 MASSACRE OF THE AMHARA IS BEEN REPEATED BY THE OROMO AGAIN BUT THIS TIME IS NOT AMHARA WHOM THEY ARE MURDERING BUT ETHIOPIAN SOMALI;S

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