Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Several Dozen Shot Dead in Weekend Protests across Ethiopia

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Several Dozen Shot Dead in Weekend Protests across Ethiopia

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ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia * Ethiopian security forces shot dead several dozen people in weekend protests across the country as frustration with the government grows, an opposition leader and Amnesty International said Monday, while hundreds staged a rare demonstration in the capital after calls via social media.

The government again blocked the internet over the weekend, alleging that "anti-peace elements" based abroad and online activists were to blame for the violence.

In a statement, Amnesty International said at least 67 people were killed in the Oromia region alone when security forces fired on protesters, and that another at least 30 were shot and killed in the northern city of Bahir Dar. The rights group cited "credible sources" and said hundreds of people were detained. …

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