Ethiopian protesters attack factories
Protesters in Ethiopia have damaged almost a dozen mostly foreign-owned factories and flower farms and destroyed scores of vehicles this week, adding economic casualties to a rising death toll in a wave of unrest over land grabs and political rights. The violence also casts a shadow over a nation where a state-led industrial drive has created one of Africa’s fastest growing economies, but where the government has also faced rising international criticism and popular opposition to its authoritarian approach to development. The latest flare-up follows the death of at least 55 people in a stampede on Sunday, when police fired teargas and shot in the air to disperse demonstrators in the Oromiya region near the capital. It raises to more than 450 the number of people rights groups and opponents say have been killed in unrest since 2015. A US researcher was killed on Tuesday when her car was attacked by stone-throwers near Addis Ababa. The government says the toll cited by critics is inflated. Fana Broadcasting, which is seen as close to the state, reported on its website that 11 companies had been damaged.