Saturday, October 15, 2016

Fears grow Ethiopian emergency laws will stifle dissent

(Oct 15, (Anadolu Agency))--Normal life is returning to Sebeta a week after violent protests rocked the burgeoning industrial town, located some 24 kilometers (14.9 miles) west of the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa. Angry protesters attacked factories during demonstrations but now the area is teeming with activity; schools, banks, roads and markets are all open.

After Oct. 2 protests in the south-central town of Bushoftu saw scores killed in a stampede when security forces fired bullets and teargas to disperse protesters, many towns in Oromia -- the largest and most populous regional state in Ethiopia -- witnessed violent protests.

The government declared a state of emergency, alleging foreign intervention lay behind violence in the area. There is now heavy military presence in Oromia, including Sebeta.

Leaders of opposition political parties and some foreign governments fear the Ethiopian leadership may use the recently imposed emergency laws to further clamp down on dissent and stifle popular demands. Read more from Anadolu Agency »

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