Deadly protests hit Ethiopia; Ethiopia in bid to resolve violent dispute

Deadly protests hit Ethiopia; Ethiopia in bid to resolve violent dispute

(bbc) Ethiopia’s government says it is is working towards resolving what it calls a boundary dispute between its Oromia and Somali regional states, reports BBC Ethiopia correspondent Emmanuel Igunza.

Protests erupted in towns in the east on Tuesday, resulting in at least two deaths, the displacement of more than 600 people and damage to property and vehicles, he adds.

Activists from Ethiopia’s Oromo ethnic community – which has been at the forefront of anti-government protests – accuse a special unit of police from the neighbouring Somali region of killings and human rights violations.

The authorities have not yet commented on the allegation.

At least two people have died in protests in Ethiopia. More than 600 have been displaced during the clashes on Tuesday in towns in the east of the country.

Demonstrators accuse a police unit of carrying out killings and human rights abuses against the Oromo people.

The government has blamed the clashes on a border dispute between the Oromo and their neighbours in the Somali region of Ethiopia.

It says it has now sent in the military to carry out a disarmament exercise.

The conflict has been raging for months but escalated this week in violent confrontations.

In August, the government lifted a 10-month state of emergency imposed following more than two years of anti-government protests.