11 factories and more than 60 vehicles have been damaged in unrest in Ethiopia

ADDIS ABABA (Reuters)

Some 11 factories and flower farms and more than 60 vehicles have been damaged in unrest in Ethiopia in recent days, a local broadcaster said on Friday, adding to the list of businesses hurt by a wave of protests over land grabs and political rights.

The latest violence follows the death of at least 55 people in a stampede sparked when police tried to disperse protesters using teargas and shots in the air at a cultural festival on Sunday in the Oromiya region near the capital.

Fana Broadcasting, seen as close to the state, reported on its website that companies affected by the unrest had created 40,000 jobs in the nation, where an industrial drive has fueled one of Africa’s fastest growing economies.

The list of damaged factories included Turkish textile firm Saygin Dima, whose manager said this week a third of his plant was destroyed by fire.

The radio also said two flower farms, a textile company and plastics maker had sites damaged.

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Fana Broadcasting blamed the destruction “perpetrators of violence”, echoing the government line, while locals say they have agitating for property and political rights

People from Oromiya, a region at the heart of the state’s industrialization efforts, accuse the government of seizing their land and offering tiny compensation, before selling it on to companies, often foreign investors, at inflated prices.

They also say they struggle to find work, even when a new factory is sited on property they or their families once owned.

Protests in Oromiya province initially erupted in 2014 over a development plan for the capital that would have expanded its boundaries, a move seen as threatening farmland.

Clashes with police flared in late 2015 and this year, as protests gathered pace, although the government shelved the boundary plan. Protesters have increasingly focused on broader political issues as well, accusing the government of stifling opposition and neglecting Oromiya, a charge officials deny.

(Writing by Edmund Blair; Editing by Alison Williams)

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11 Comments

  1. Well Done, Gegnoch, go ahead destroy everything and anything including your own home, your own business, your own family, and children. That is the new style of struggle.

    Ye Amara Lihikan whilem le hod enddere new. As long as you get paid/Arab’s/ who cares.

    • Fascist woyany killed innocent life which we couldn’t get them back, all Ethiopia don’t back from destroy a anything woyany businesses

  2. Well Done, Gegnoch, go ahead destroy everything and anything including your own home, your own business, your own family, and children. That is the new style of struggle.

    Ye Amara Lihikan whilem le hod enddere new. As long as you get paid/Arab’s/ who cares.

    • Fascist woyany killed innocent life which we couldn’t get them back, all Ethiopia don’t back from destroy a anything woyany businesses

  3. Any human built industry, factory, business, road and anything we can build them back with better with hand in hand, we don’t want factory no peace and equality

  4. Any human built industry, factory, business, road and anything we can build them back with better with hand in hand, we don’t want factory no peace and equality

  5. Any human built industry, factory, business, road and anything we can build them back with better with hand in hand, we don’t want factory with no peace and equality

  6. Any human built industry, factory, business, road and anything we can build them back with better with hand in hand, we don’t want factory with no peace and equality

  7. Guys!! The State of Emergency shows us the demands of the mass were forgotten by the government!!! If the government shows slack in any matter, then the violence are erupting the area. Damaging the facilities are the cause of the unanswered questions!!!

  8. Ethiopian minority regime crying frequently time and again about material damage; but dont care about the right of existance & innocent life the brutaly killed every day. What a crazy jock ?????

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