One killed, sev­eral in­jured as po­lice break up clashes be­tween OLF, govt sup­port­ers

The East African - - NEWS -

ETHIOPIA: Po­lice were forced to fire tear­gas to break up a con­fronta­tion be­tween lo­cals and sup­port­ers of the Oromo Lib­er­a­tion Front over Ethiopian and OLF flags.

Res­i­dents ac­cused OLF of re­plac­ing the Ethiopian flag with their colours and flag.

Ac­cord­ing to me­dia re­ports, one per­son died in the con­fronta­tion, lead­ing the po­lice to seal off Ad­dis Ababa’s com­mer­cial cen­tre.

The OLF was pre­vi­ously de­scribed as a ter­ror­ist or­gan­i­sa­tion but that des­ig­na­tion has been dropped by Prime Min­is­ter Abiy Ahmed.

Mr Abiy, who be­came prime min­is­ter in April, is the coun­try’s first Oromo leader in re­cent years.

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