‘Rel­a­tives of Ethiopian protesters ar­rested, de­tained’

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CAPE TOWN — A rights group has said that at least 32 peo­ple have been ar­rested and de­tained in Ethiopia, af­ter demon­stra­tions by their rel­a­tives in Aus­tralia against a re­cent visit by a re­gional govern­ment del­e­ga­tion that in­cluded Abdi Mo­hamoud Omar, known as Abdi Iley, the pres­i­dent of Ethiopia’s So­mali Re­gional State.

The Ethiopian del­e­ga­tion did not ap­pear, and af­ter sev­eral hours the event was can­celled.

The protesters later learnt that sev­eral dozen of their rel­a­tives in Ethiopia’s So­mali Re­gional State had been ar­rested and de­tained due to their in­volve­ment in the Mel­bourne protest.

The protesters were also protest­ing Aus­tralia’s sup­port for the Ethiopian govern­ment, said the Hu­man Right Watch (HRW).

The hu­man right watch­dog has since called for the im­me­di­ate re­lease of those who were ar­rested.

“The Ethiopian govern­ment should im­me­di­ately re­lease the rel­a­tives of the Mel­bourne protesters, whose de­ten­tion amounts to un­law­ful col­lec­tive pun­ish­ment of fam­ily mem­bers”, HRW said. — AP

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