Ethiopia charges 68 over deadly un­rest near cap­i­tal

Observer on Saturday - - News - AFP

Ethiopia’s at­tor­ney gen­eral has charged 68 peo­ple with in­volve­ment in deadly ri­ots in and around Ad­dis Ababa in Septem­ber that left at least 49 dead, lo­cal me­dia re­ported on Wed­nes­day.

The 68 are sus­pected of play­ing a part in vi­o­lence, both be­fore and af­ter the re­turn of the once-banned Oromo Lib­er­a­tion Front.

The rebel group re­turned to Ad­dis Ababa fol­low­ing po­lit­i­cal re­forms in­tro­duced by Prime Min­is­ter Abiy Ahmed.

The clashes in­volved young men from the eth­ni­cally-mixed city of around four mil­lion peo­ple and Oro­mos, who had come into Ad­dis Ababa to wel­come the OLF.

The 68 sus­pects come from both sides of the di­vide dur­ing the clashes, which also caused mil­lions of dol­lars in dam­age.

“The sus­pects are accused of en­gag­ing in road clo­sures, ar­son, en­gag­ing in forced dis­place­ment of thou­sands of peo­ple and in­flict­ing bod­ily harm us­ing blunt weapons as well as mod­ern firearms,” stated the charge sheet, ac­cord­ing to the pri­vate news web­site Ethiopian Re­porter.

The govern­ment put the death toll at 49, although hos­pi­tal sources told AFP some 68 had been killed.



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