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Ethiopia: Prime Minister Declares State of Emergency Amid Protests

HeadlineOct 11, 2016

The prime minister of Ethiopia has declared a six-month state of emergency amid massive protests by the Oromo people, which has been met by a bloody government crackdown. The protests began last year over resistance to the government’s plan to lease a forest to private developers, and have since grown into a nationwide campaign against human rights abuses. As many as 500 people have been killed in the government’s crackdown, and tens of thousands have been detained. On Sunday, Ethiopia’s prime minister declared a state of emergency.

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