State of emer­gency declared

Malta Independent - - WORLD -

The Ethiopian gov­ern­ment has declared a state of emer­gency ef­fec­tive im­me­di­ately fol­low­ing a week of anti-gov­ern­ment vi­o­lence that re­sulted in deaths and prop­erty dam­age across the coun­try, es­pe­cially in the restive Oro­mia re­gion. “The Coun­cil of Min­is­ters has declared a state of emer­gency that will be ef­fec­tive as of Satur­day evening so as to deal with anti-peace el­e­ments that have al­lied with for­eign forces and are jeop­ar­diz­ing the peace and se­cu­rity of the coun­try,” the state Ethiopian Broad­cast­ing Cor­po­ra­tion an­nounced Sun­day morn­ing. It added that that the Coun­cil of Min­is­ters dis­cussed the dam­age by the protests across the coun­try and declared the state of emer­gency in a mes­sage de­liv­ered to Prime Min­is­ter Haile­mariam De­salegn. Ma­jor towns and cities across the Oro­mia re­gion are ex­pe­ri­enc­ing un­rest and wide­spread vi­o­lent protests af­ter dozens were killed on Oc­to­ber 2 in a stam­pede trig­gered when po­lice fired tear­gas and bul­lets to dis­perse pro­tes­tors at the an­nual Ir­recha thanks­giv­ing cel­e­bra­tion in Bishoftu town. The state broad­caster said de­tails of the state of emer­gency will be com­mu­ni­cated to the pub­lic later Sun­day.

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