Seven Ethiopian security forces killed, state buildings damaged

16 FEB 2016 -WILLIAM DAVISON

Security forces killed as many as 140 people at the “generally peaceful” Oromo protests, New York-based Human Rights Watch said.

Oromo students hold a silent sit-in protest at the Addis Ababa University dining room in December 2015. (Photo/SMNE).

Oromo students hold a silent sit-in protest at the Addis Ababa University dining room in December 2015. (Photo/SMNE).

DEMONSTRATORS in Ethiopia killed seven security officers in Oromia, the country’s most populous region that’s seen protests over land and political marginalisation since November, Communications Minister Getachew Reda said.

The attack happened Monday in West Arsi district with government buildings also damaged, Getachew said by phone from the capital, Addis Ababa. Authorities don’t know the motive for the attack nor the total number of dead and injured, he said. “The information we have is they were ambushed by people carrying guns, apparently on a rampage,” he said.

Protests by ethnic Oromo occurred in the area after soldiers shot at a bus carrying wedding guests on Feb. 12, U.S.-based activist Jawar Mohammed said Monday on his Facebook page.

Demonstrations since November were mainly against government plans to integrate the development of Addis Ababa with surrounding areas of Oromia, which participants said would involve the unfair eviction of farmers.

Security forces killed as many as 140 people at the “generally peaceful” protests, New York-based Human Rights Watch said Jan. 7. The government, which hasn’t provided a death toll, said last month it was abandoning the integration plan.

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One Response to Seven Ethiopian security forces killed, state buildings damaged

  1. Menilik Alemayehu Shifferaw

    February 19, 2016 at 2:48 PM

    The Oromo protest turned into an oppressed Ethiopian uprising after the protests reached other parts of Ethiopia including Gambella , Gondar , Ogaden and countless places in between.

    Just because Addis Ababa University did not burn down it doesn’t mean it is not an Ethiopian uprising ,just to mention a few buildings in Jimma University in and buildings in Dilla university were burnt down.

    The secret Master Plan to displace farmers from their ancestoral land the Butajra , Southern Ethiopia was met force with .Butajra law enforcement that were sent to evict farmers surrendered to the self-appointed group of citizens who undertake law enforcement in their community without legal authority, typically because the legal agencies are thought to be inadequate. In Ethiopia’s case the genocidal systemic organized crime monopolized the political power , the military power and the economical power so Vigilantes are taking actions to defend themselves and insure their survival.