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Massive arrests in Ethiopia

Protesters have targeted properties owned by the government and private sector

Protesters have targeted properties owned by the government and private sector

In Ethiopia, at least 1,000 suspects have been arrested over the violence in Sebeta town near the capital, Addis Ababa, the state-affiliated Fana Broadcasting Corporate has reported.

Only 40 to 50 suspects were natives of the town, while the majority were from other parts of Oromia region, the mayor, Ararsa Merdasa, is quoted as saying.

Ethiopia has declared a state of emergency to curb unrest in Oromia and Amhara, two regions that have seen a wave of anti-government protests since last year.

The mayor added that if there were any innocent people among the 1,000 suspects, they would be released once investigations were concluded.

Mr Ararsa said that residents had provided details of the rioters, including the crime they had committed, following public meetings.

More arrests were expected, he added.

Businessmen, who experienced massive losses after their properties were destroyed during the protests, are attending a “peace conference” in  Sebata, and called for better security, FBC reports.

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Since May 2006, the most popular Ethiopian web sites (including CyberEthiopia) and several blogs have been blocked across the nation. The apparent objective was to prevent the dissemination of information that is critical of the regime.

Following the political protests which have swept the nation since November 2015, the regime has routinely shutdown the Internet and restricted access to Social Media (including Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp, Viber) and indicated its keenness to control Social Media.

On 22nd June 2018, the new Prime Minister Dr Abye Ahmed's government reported that it had unblocked 264 websites including CyberEthiopia.com after 12 years of blockage as attested by the OONI’s thorough verifications of our website’s unblocking .




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