Dangerous Places

Ethiopia Opens a Pandora’s Box of Ethnic Tensions

“Since November 2015, Ethiopia has been beset by an unprecedented wave of protests. They began as a rebuke to a government plan to expand the municipal boundaries of the capital, Addis Ababa, into Oromia Region. They have since expanded to the neighboring Amhara Region, underscoring decades of grievances against ethnic marginalization and authoritarian rule by the governing Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF). The regime has responded aggressively. Human Rights Watch reports upwards of five hundred people have been so far killed in what the United States has decried as an ‘excessive use of force.’ Tens of thousands more have been detained.”

Source: Ethiopia Opens a Pandora’s Box of Ethnic Tensions | The National Interest

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