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Witnesses say Ethiopian police have killed at least 17 protesters during demonstrations in Ethiopia’s Oromia region against plans to annex territory to expand the capital, Addis Ababa.
Authorities put the protest-related death toll at 11 and have not said how the demonstrators were killed. The main opposition party says 17 people were killed while witnesses and residents say the death toll is much higher.
Residents say that an elite government security force opened fire on protesters at three university campuses.
The demonstrations erupted last week against plans by the Ethiopian government to incorporate part of Oromia into the capital. Oromia is Ethiopia’s largest region and Oromos are the country’s largest ethnic group.
Oromos say the government wants to weaken their political power. They say expanding the capital threatens the local language, which is not taught in Addis Ababa schools.
Ethiopian officials say the master plan for expansion was publicized long ago and would bring city services to remote areas.
They accuse those they call “anti-peace forces” of trying to destroy Ethiopia’s ethnic harmony.
Reports from #Ethiopia say there have been violent protests — mainly by students — in a number of towns in the Oromia region. People in the town of Ambo say the security forces opened fire on students, killing and wounding some of them. The British foreign office says there was violent unrest in Ambo on Wednesday. Members of the Oromo ethnic group have in recent weeks been protesting against plans to expand the capital Addis Ababa, which they say will encroach on their territory.
(OPride) — At least a dozen protesters have been killed and many others wounded as students in Ethiopia’s populous Oromia region clashed with military forces on Wednesday.
Thousands of Oromo students at nine universities in Oromia have rallied in the last ten days opposing the plan, which they say would displace Oromo farmers and undermine their state’s constitutionally protected “special interests.” Oromo students at Jimma, Haromaya, Ambo, Wollega, Bule Hora, Madawalabu, Metu, Adama and Dire Dawa universities have turned out in droves denouncing the plan. At least 10 students were killed in Ambo while three others were shot dead at Madawalabu University on Wednesday, according to eyewitnesses. Unknown number of wounded protesters were being treated at local hospitals.
The Ethiopian capital falls within the Oromia state, the largest of Ethiopia’s nine ethnic-based administrative regions, and also serves as its capital. The country’s constitution stipulates the state’s special interest in the city — providing for utilization of resources, service provision and joint administration matters. Protesters say the city’s latest master plan undermines these interests.