At least 1 000 arrests this month after violence - Ethiopia mayor

2016-10-18 22:00
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 Addis Ababa - The mayor of a town just outside Ethiopia's capital says at least 1000 people have been arrested this month after violence that led to the burning of factories and vehicles.

This East African country declared a state of emergency this month after sometimes deadly anti-government protests demanding wider freedoms.

Businesses have been a target over suspected government links, hurting Ethiopia's reputation as one of Africa's best-performing economies.

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Sebeta Mayor Ararsa Merdesa told The Associated Press on Tuesday that some people have been released but many remain detained and under investigation.

Ararsa says only 50 of those arrested were local and the rest came "to cause the violence."

The violence came shortly after more than 50 people were killed in a stampede when police tried to disperse protesters in the Oromia region.

"Over the last 11 months, security forces have killed hundreds of peaceful protesters, arrested tens of thousands and mistreated those in detention. This has led in part to the anger that has spilled over in recent weeks," said Felix Horne, Human Rights Watch's lead researcher on Ethiopia.

"Deploying more of those same abusive security forces to restore law and order is unlikely to improve long-term stability," Horne said, instead urging the government to address protesters' grievances and allow space for opposition voices.

Read more on:    ethiopia  |  east africa  |  ethiopia protests

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