Ethiopia: redistribution of houses owned by Oromo, thousands of people in the square

Ethiopia: redistribution of houses owned by oromo, thousands of people in the square

GAddis Ababa, 08 Mar 2019 (Google Translation) – (Agenzia Nova) – Thousands of people took to the streets of the Ethiopian region of Oromia to protest against the redistribution of the homes owned by the Oromo, the largest ethnic group in the country.

The protest, according to the local press, is on its second day in a row and is involving several locations in the region, including the capital Addis Ababa. The Oromo contest due to the decision of the government to put back on the market about 12 thousand housing units.

With these characteristics of 51 thousand estimated overall, a decision that in the case of the capital was justified by the deputy mayor Takele Uma Banti as a solution to the serious housing shortage.

Oromo have been reporting discriminatory policies from the Ethiopian authorities for years. Mass protests had already exploded between 2014 and 2016 against a government plan that would extend the administrative boundaries of the capital Addis Ababa: the violence, which led to the deaths of at least 700 people, led the central government to impose a state of emergency only abrogated last August with the signing of a reconciliation agreement between the militants of the Oromo Liberation Front (OLF) and the government.

The inauguration of Prime Minister Ahmed, the first of the Oromo ethnic group, seemed to have subsequently silenced the protests. (Res) © Agenzia Nova – Restricted reproduction