Sunday, October 9, 2016

Ethiopia Declares State Of Emergency Amid Continuing Protests

After months of anti-protest government led by the Oromo people, the Ethiopian government has declared a state of emergency. The declaration is set to last for six months following a large-scale stampede that pitted the two parties against one another. Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn believes declaring a state of emergency is necessary to protect the lives of everyone. The stampede took place October 2 in the town of Bishoftu, where according to the article,"Video recordings from that day show that the crowd had been pressing toward an open-air stage when security forces opened fire and deployed tear gas, triggering a panic. Many people initially ran to a nearby treeline for cover, only to become trapped in a deep and steep-sided trench. Others were hemmed in by a nearby lake," (Chappell). During the months of protest, human rights groups claim hundreds of people have been killed and thousands more arrested.

-Chase Gozdziak

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