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Five People Die as Ethiopian Forces Clash With Protesters

  • Hospitals in Oromia region receive patients with bullet wounds
  • State has suspended constitution amid persistent protests

At least five people died from bullet wounds amid clashes with Ethiopian security forces in the restive Oromia region since a state of emergency was declared two weeks ago, doctors said.

The state is struggling to reassert its authority in the Oromia and Amhara regions, where sporadic anti-government protests over the past two years left hundreds of people dead. The government’s failure to stem the unrest culminated in Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn’s resignation last month.

Doctors at hospitals in the Oromo towns of Nekemte, Gimbi, Ambo and Dambi Dolo said on Sunday they’ve handled 18 casualties with bullet wounds since the government suspended the constitution on Feb. 16. Ambo General Hospital documented two deaths on arrival and 13 casualties on Saturday, according to Garoma Shure, a doctor at the facility.

“Both died from bullet injuries to the chest amid clashes with security forces,” he said by phone.

Roads to Gimbi were blocked and hospitals couldn’t receive supplies, said Desalegn Abebe, a doctor at Gimbi General Hospital.

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Desalegn Tadesse, medical director of Nekemte General Hospital, said his hospital received 20 casualties last week. Two of them died of bullet wounds, he said.

“Federal military soldiers are here in every street,” said Gamachu Worku of Dambi Dolo General Hospital, which documented one death by a gunshot to the head and six casualties with bullet wounds on Feb. 23.

Information Minister Negeri Lencho said he was out of the country on government business and referred queries to the defense ministry. Defense Minister Siraj Fegessa didn’t respond to three calls and three text messages. Addisu Arega, Oromia’s spokesman, confirmed in a Facebook post on Monday that “lives have been lost” and that market boycotts are ongoing.

“We have to discuss in a peaceful and democratic way about the complaints we have,” Addisu said.

The state of emergency forbids rallies and public meetings without permission, strikes and absence from work “without enough reason,” Fana Broadcasting Corp. reported, citing Siraj. The government also declared illegal any “intentional underperformance,” disruption of transport services, social-media posts and distribution of publications that could incite violence, according to the broadcaster funded by the ruling party.

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Ethiopia, Africa’s fastest-growing economy over the past decade, is a key U.S. ally in its battle against al-Qaeda in the Horn of Africa. Home to more than 100 million people, the $72 billion economy has drawn investors including General Electric Co., Johannesburg-based Standard Bank Group and hundreds of Chinese companies.

Source: Bloomburg News


  1. The TPLF gangs have unleashed their killing forces and gone on the killing spree but they will pay very high prices for their crimes against the Oromos.The Oromos are now facing full invasion by the TPLF and have every right to defend themselves using any means they choose. The rule of the TPLF can not continue in the Oromo region.

  2. Give your gun or life to TPLF after using it to kill at least a TPLF Tigre and/or a supporter/sympathizer of it. Our brother at Achefer is an excellent example of the tactical struggle to defeat TPLF. He killed/wounded 8 and finished himself like our Thewodros. He only resurrected/reclaimed his human nature by doing so.
    After all we are dead already for more than 27 years. That is because:
    – we have tolerated watching/hearing suffocation/mutilation/slaughter of our brothers/sisters/mothers/fathers and children at various place and at different times,;
    – we have tolerated watching/hearing when our religions, historical and cultural treasures and artifacts have been pooh-poohed and/or systematically destroyed;
    – we have tolerated watching/hearing when our great nation have become unjustly landlocked;
    – we have tolerated watching/hearing when our sovereign territories and land resources are sold or given out to aliens;
    – we have tolerated watching/hearing when our national wealth have been looted and become property of traitors (banda’’s);
    – we have tolerated watching/hearing when our young people are killed for their organs;
    – we have tolerated watching/hearing our young people are deserting the country and dying everywhere in Africa, in the Arabian areas and beyond;
    – And so on and so on…….
    Thus, we are not any more full humans. We are like a humanly dead living organism. Dying by killing TPLF and its allies could even be resurrecting oneself as human.
    Jesus Christ defeated Satan by allowing Himself to be killed by it. What happened then after, Jesus defeated Satan forever and He reclaimed His nature (God) and resurrected.
    It is the same analogy. TPLF is alien installed satanic gang. We need to employ the Lord’s analogy to crush it and te reclaim our nature ( humanity and Ethiopian nature).

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