Ethiopia: Totaling 140 deaths in protests

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Source Sputnik Mundo / The Dawn / January 8, 2015 “At least 140 people died in Ethiopia when participating in the protests against land expropriation, that began last November in the Oromia region”, as was stated last Friday by the international organization that defends human rights, called Human Rights Watch (HRW).

“The armed forces have killed at least 140 protesters and injured many more people, it could be the biggest crisis in Ethiopia since the violence that accompanied the 2005 election campaign”, HRW wrote in its website. The Ethiopian government so far has not commented on this affirmation of Human Rights Watch (HRW).

The protests began in the small town of Ginchi, 80 kilometers from the capital of Ethiopia, when the authorities announced the “forest clearing” for investment projects, and then covered the entire Oromia.

“The police and the military opened fire on protesters, killing at least 75 people while injuring many others”, reported last month the human rights defenders. According to HRW, on December 15, the Ethiopian government announced that protesters were “directly related to the forces that received tasks from some foreign terrorist groups” and warned that security forces will take “appropriate action”.

In turn, the Deputy Chief of the African department of the HWR, Leslie Lefkow, said the treatment of the protesters as terrorists and the use of military force against them is “an extremely dangerous escalation of this unstable situation”. On the other hand, the country’s authorities confirmed the death of only five people and report several military deaths during the clashes.

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