Ethiopia Declares A State Of Emergency Over Worsening Protests

The waves of endless protests in Ethiopia has resulted into the declaration of a state of emergency in the country by the Prime Minister, Hailemariam Desalegn.

The last protest registered a stampede which claimed the lives of over 50 Oromia people. The stampede broke out during an Oromo festival. The police and the people had a clash, giving rise to the stampede with so many injured.

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The Oromia protests and conflicts with the government has lingered for months now. Human rights groups say that hundreds of people have been killed since November while thousands of them have been detained and are still in police custody.

Demonstrators chant slogans while flashing the Oromo protest gesture during Irreecha, the thanksgiving festival of the Oromo people, in Bishoftu town, Oromia region, Ethiopia

With the series of unrest in the country, the Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn featured on national television to announce the declaration of a state of emergency which will last for 6 months.

Hailemariam Desalegn said:

“We put our citizens’ safety first. Besides, we want to put an end to the damage that is being carried out against infrastructure projects, education institutions, health centres, administration and justice buildings.”

These past months of violent protests in Ethiopia has threatened the peace and stability of Ethiopia to the highest degree.

Ethiopia has been a growing economic force in Africa. Sadly the chaotic state at the moment has affected foreign businesses. Worse still posing insecurity over the lives of the people.

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Report says that the reason for the protests appears to be multi-faceted but summed up in socio-economic and political equality among the people regardless of tribe. For instance, according to BBC news, The Oromia protests are hinged on these:

  • Muslims unhappy at the imposition of government-approved leaders
  • Farmers displaced to make way for commercial agriculture
  • Amharic communities opposed to their inclusion in Tigre rather than the Amhara region
  • Discontent among groups in various parts of the vast Oromia region.