Friday, 21 October 2016

Over 2,600 people detained in Ethiopia since state of emergency was imposed

The total number of people arrested in Ethiopia since a state of emergency was imposed on 9 April stands at more than 2,600.

On Monday, 1,000 arrests were reported by the state-affiliated Fana Broadcasting Corporate, while yesterday it reported on the detention of more than 1,600 people.

All the latest arrests have taken place in the Oromia and Amhara regions, where the country's two biggest ethnic groups have been protesting against the government.

They are demanding more political freedom and economic benefits in a country ruled by the Ethiopian People's Revolutionary Democratic Front coalition since 1991.

Here is a breakdown of where the latest arrests took place:
670: West Arsi zone, Oromia
450: Shashamane, Oromia
302: West Guji zone, Oromia
110 "key actors and co-ordinators of the violence": Kelem Wolega zone, Oromia
93: Gondar zone, Amhara
13 businesspersons for closing their shops, 13 for calling for a strike and three teachers for "abandoning school": Gondar zone, Amhara
29 businesspersons for closing their shops: Bahir Dar, Amhara.
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