Ormo Protestors Labeled as ‘Terrorists’ by Ethiopian Authorities



In Ethiopia, protestors demonstrating against the government’s plan to integrate parts of Oromia into Addis Ababa, the country’s capital, have been labeled as ‘terrorists’ by the authorities.

A statement released by state intelligence services claims that some of the Oromia protesters have a “direct link with a group that has been collaborating with other proven terrorist parties”.

However Amnesty International’s Regional Director for East Africa, Muthoni Wanyeki, has said that: “The suggestion that these Oromo – protesting against a real threat to their livelihoods – are aligned to terrorists will have a chilling effect on freedom of expression for rights activists.”

As of December 14th, during three weeks of protests at least 40 people have allegedly been killed as part of a brutal crackdown on the protesters by Ethiopian security forces.

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Text source: www.amnestyusa.org (December 16th 2015)


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