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Ethiopia Declares 6 Months State of Emergency

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Ethiopian prime minister Hailemariam says integrity of nation at risk and property damage ‘enormous’ – as state of emergency is declared. (Photo: REUTERS/Tiksa Negeri)

By Al Jazeera,

Ethiopia has declared a state of emergency following months of often violent anti-government protests, especially in the restive Oromia region.

“A state of emergency has been declared because the situation posed a threat against the people of the country,” Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn said on state-run television on Sunday. Continue reading Ethiopia Declares 6 Months State of Emergency

Unrest in Ethiopia Rattling a Fragile Federation

Months of grumbling and rumbling stir a rare cocktail of discontent.

By The Economist,

An outbreak of public protest unprecedented in its duration and spread since the ruling party took power in Ethiopia in 1991 is stirring a rare cocktail of discontent. Demonstrations started in November mainly by members of the Oromo ethnic group, which accounts for about a third of Ethiopia’s 97 million-plus people, have refused to die down. Indeed, they have spread.

The government has dropped its plan, the original cause of the hubbub, to expand the city limits of Addis Ababa, the capital, into Oromia, the largest of the federal republic’s subdivisions of nine regional states and two city-states. But the protests have billowed into a much wider expression of outrage. People are complaining about land ownership, corruption, political repression and poverty. Such feelings go beyond just one ethnic group. Continue reading Unrest in Ethiopia Rattling a Fragile Federation

Unrest in Ethiopia: The Ultimate Warning Shot?

The culture of power in Ethiopia is one of centralization. But real federalism couldn’t be beyond reach. The Oromo Protests in Oromya shows that it is becoming an absolute requirement.

By René Lefort | for Open Democracy,

The Tigray Peoples Liberation Front (TPLF), the strongest component of the ruling coalition, from the middle of 2014 has faced the highest level of Tigrean popular discontent since its inception 40 years ago. That came first. Now the unrest in the most populated region of Ethiopia has sent to the regime as a whole the most shattering warning shot since its arrival in power in 1991.

Despite Tigray’s marginality in terms of geography, population – 6% of Ethiopians – and its economy, the TPLF had the strength to impose its hegemony after its victory over the Derg military-socialist junta in 1991. This dominance has recently declined, but it remains the driving force of the coalition between the four ethnic forces constituting the near-single party – the Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) – with the Amhara National Democratic Movement (ANDM), the Oromo People’s Democratic Organisation (OPDO) and the Southern Ethiopian People’s Democratic Movement (SEPDM). Continue reading Unrest in Ethiopia: The Ultimate Warning Shot?

Ethiopia Security Forces Kill up to 50 Protesters

How long can the TPLF led regime go on displacing farmers from their land and plunging them into abject poverty? Ethiopians say, Not Long!

By Michael Day | for Independent,

The violence-torn Horn of Africa is seeing a fresh wave of repression as Ethiopian authorities crack down on protests by the country’s largest ethnic minority.

Human rights groups say an attempted land grab by the federal government has seen violence flare in the Oromia region, with up to 50 protesters killed by security forces so far this month.

Campaigners from the Oromo ethnic group say they have been labelled “terrorists” by Ethiopian authorities as they fight the government’s plan to integrate parts of Oromia into the capital Addis Ababa.

Some Oromo protesters fear that they will be forcibly evicted from their land as part of the rapid expansion of the capital, which they call a federal “master plan”. Continue reading Ethiopia Security Forces Kill up to 50 Protesters

The Oromo Protests and Ethiopia’s Political Vulnerabilities

After claiming a 100% victory on the recent parliamentarian election, the EPRDF regime already faces a trust deficit. The ongoing Oromo protests are more than an opposition to the Addis Ababa master plan. It is rather pointing to a deep-seated discontent and long unaddressed political grievances. (Photo: Oromo Students Solidarity Protest in Washington, D.C.)

By Hassen Hussein and Mohammed Ademo,

At least 40 people have been killed, hundreds wounded, and thousands detained in more than three weeks of uprisings in Ethiopia’s Oromia state, the largest of nine linguistic-based states. The Oromo people make up close to 50 percent of Ethiopia’s population of 100 million.

Protesters primarily oppose a draft master plan that, if implemented, will expand the jurisdiction of Ethiopia’s capital, Addis Ababa, into Oromia. Dozens were killed last year in similar protests when authorities first introduced the controversial Addis Ababa and Surrounding Oromia Special Zone Development Plan or the Master Plan. Continue reading The Oromo Protests and Ethiopia’s Political Vulnerabilities

Oromo Student Protests Death Toll Reaches 10

Police in Ethiopia have so far killed 10 peaceful student activists during #OromoProtests. Reign of terror engulfed Oromia as the regime deploys the army across the country.

By William Davison | for Bloomberg,

Ethiopian police killed 10 Oromo students who were demonstrating peacefully over plans to integrate the capital, Addis Ababa, with surrounding towns in Oromia region in the past three weeks, an opposition leader said.

High-school and university students from across Ethiopia’s most-populous region are protesting to demand the government shelve a master plan for the city, said Bekele Nega, general secretary of the Oromo Federalist Congress. Continue reading Oromo Student Protests Death Toll Reaches 10