Ethiopian government blocks Internet as protests continue

 

ADDIS ABABA – After more than 48 hours of total blackout following fierce, massive anti-government protests in multiple places in Ethiopia demanding regime change, the government partially restored internet access.

Scores of people were arrested in Ethiopia in a wave of anti-government protests that rocked the capital Addis Ababa and dozens other towns in Oromia and Amhara regions over the weekend.

Online activists of the #OromoProtest called for the massive protest rallies throughout the Oromia and other regional states.

On Saturday, protesters who came out on the streets of the capital following the announcement through social media and Diaspora networks were arrested by governmental security forces.

Though it was difficult to get closer to protesters, African News Agency could see peaceful protesters and even passers-by being arrested.

Deaths and detentions continued to flare as demonstrators continued in the beautiful city of Bahir Dar, Gondar of Amhara region and Oromia over the past few weeks.

The demonstrations were sparked last November in protest against a move extended the municipal boundaries of Addis Ababa into Oromia, which straddles much of the centre and south of country and includes the capital. But they have grown in intensity in response to a fierce government crackdown.

At least hundreds of thousands of protesters reportedly took to the streets in more than 200 towns and cities across Oromia, Ethiopia’s largest regional state with over 40pc number of the country’s over 100 million population, to demonstrate against the widespread and systemic prosecution.
Human Rights Watch said over 400 people were killed while the government confirmed the loss of less than half of that number.

In addition to the report from HRW activists are also documenting the death, injuries and forced disappearances of individuals from areas where protests are taking place. Hundreds of university students have also been dismissed from several state universities located in the region.

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