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Death Toll in Ethiopia Violence Over Singer’s Killing Hits 239

Ethiopia violence over Oromo singer murder claims 239 lives
At least 239 people have been killed in more than a week of unrest in Ethiopia following the assassination of Oromo singer Haacaaluu Hundeessaa. (Photo: Tiksa Negeri/Reuters)

BY AL JAZEERA

The death toll from demonstrations and ethnic violence that erupted in Ethiopia last week following the murder of a popular singer from the Oromo ethnic group has risen to 239, according to police. Continue reading Death Toll in Ethiopia Violence Over Singer’s Killing Hits 239

Fragile States Index: Ethiopia is Facing Failure

Ethiopia is following the path of failed states in the Horn of Africa

Ethiopia’s overall Fragile States Index score has worsened from 91.9 in 2006 to a high of 101.1 in 2017.

BY ANTHONY CHIBARIRWE | THE TRUMPET

Ethiopia faces a high risk of failure due to continued political and social instability in the country, the Fund for Peace reported in its Fragile States Index Annual Report 2017.

Over the past few years, months, weeks and days, security officers have killed anti-government protesters, resulting in more anti-government protests. Continue reading Fragile States Index: Ethiopia is Facing Failure

Conflict in Eastern Ethiopia Leaves Dozens Dead

Fighting between Ethiopian Somali and Oromo ethnic groups in the eastern Ethiopia left more than 30 people dead

BY ADDIS STANDARD

Intense fighting between the Ethiopian Somali and the Oromo ethnic groups in the eastern Ethiopia has left “more than 30 people”, including “more than a dozen army members”, dead and several others injured, Addis Standard learned.

According to three residents of Mieso town, west Hararghe zone, who contacted Addis Standard late this evening, today’s fighting in and around the town was between several members of local residents and heavily armed members of the “Liyu Police”. Continue reading Conflict in Eastern Ethiopia Leaves Dozens Dead

Ethiopia Meets Protests with Bullets – It Won’t Work!

The TPLF-led government should do better to confront the root causes than to answer with bullets and tear gas. Because it won’t work. (Photo: Demonstrators flash the Oromo protest gesture during Irreecha, in Bishoftu, Oromia region. (Tiksa Negeri/Reuters))

By Editorial Board | Washington Post,

Ethiopia’s rulers have redoubled a repressive policy that is failing. Instead of looking for ways to alleviate the pent-up frustrations of the ethnic Oromo and Amhara populations that spilled out in
demonstrations over the past 11 months, Ethiopia’s authorities on Sunday announced a six-month state of emergency, allowing the deployment of troops and bans on demonstrations. Already, rights have been severely restricted; the state of emergency will bottle up the pressures even more, increasing the likelihood they will explode anew. Continue reading Ethiopia Meets Protests with Bullets – It Won’t Work!

US Warns Ethiopia Against Using State of Emergency to Crackdown Dissent

John Kirby, the stalwart defender of the “democratically” elected regime in Ethiopia, warned government not to abuse the state of emergency it declared to suppress dissent in the country.

By AFP,

The United States warned its African ally Ethiopia on Tuesday not to abuse the state of emergency it declared this week to suppress dissent and welcomed talk of political reform.

Ethiopia declared an emergency on Sunday after six months of anti-government protests, but on Tuesday Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn promised that opposition voices would be heard. Continue reading US Warns Ethiopia Against Using State of Emergency to Crackdown Dissent

Ethiopia Losing Foreign Investment Appeal as Attacks Spread

  • People walk near a torched truck in the compound of a textile factory in the town of Sebeta. (Tiksa Negeri/Reuters)
  • A vandalised room is seen through shattered glass at a textile factory in the town of Sebeta. (Tiksa Negeri/Reuters)
  • The interior of a textile factory that was set alight by protesters in the town of Sebeta. (Tiksa Negeri/Reuters)
  • Demonstrators chant slogans while flashing the Oromo protest gesture during Irreecha, the thanksgiving festival of the Oromo people, in BishoftuTiksa. (Negeri/Reuters)
  • People wash the face of a woman after police used tear gas during the Oromo new year holiday Irreechaa in Bishoftu. (Zacharias Abubeker/AFP)

By William Davidson and Helen Nyambura-Mwaura | for Bloomberg,

Ethiopia’s attraction as a favorite new destination for foreign investors is fast dissipating as businesses owned by Nigerian billionaire Aliko Dangote and Dutch fruit processors come under attack in growing political unrest. Continue reading Ethiopia Losing Foreign Investment Appeal as Attacks Spread