Ethiopia`s Development Crackdown on Dissent

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Ethiopia`s Development Crackdown on Dissent
By: Charles Stratford, Al Jazeera
10 January 2016

Rights groups say 140 people killed in recent weeks as government moves forward with controversial development plans.

Wolonkomi, Ethiopia—Security forces have killed at least 140 people during a crackdown on anti-government demonstrations in Ethiopia in recent weeks, activists and rights groups say.

The protests by members of the country`s largest ethnic group, Oromo, have been prompted by fears that farmers will be displaced by government development plans.

The government has admitted to killing dozens of protesters, and has promised to launch an investigation.

However, the protesters and families of those shot say they have little hope that an investigation will lead anywhere, or that their political demands will be met.

One injured woman, whose family spoke to Al Jazeera, will receive medical assistance from authorities, the government said on Sunday.

According to the government, 13 security forces have also been killed in the violence and an investigation is underway.

The government is cautiously trying to avoid recognising real problems in the society, Merera Gudina, an opposition leader, told Al Jazeera.

In fact, Ethiopian society is simply fed with the regime, especially the youth. The young people have lost hope.

The protests have largely calmed down, but security forces remain in affected areas.

Original article (with video)

Photo: People mourn the fatal shooting of Dinka Chala by Ethiopian security forces in Yubdo, Oromia. Chala was accused of protesting; his family say he was not involved. Source: Zacharias Abubeker/Getty Images.

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