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Ethiopia: Ambo University students join anti-govt protests

ESAT News (October 19, 2017) Students of Ambo University as well as students in Asela and Horogudru have joined the ongoing anti-government protests in the Oromo region of the country. As anti-government protests intensified in towns across the Oromo region, several government owned vehicles and buildings were set ablaze yesterday in Gebregurecha. Information reaching ESAT say that at least 20 ...

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Malawi arrests eleven Ethiopians for illegal entry

ESAT News (October 19, 2017) Malawi police said they have arrested 11 Ethiopian nationals for entering the country illegally. Malawi24 reported quoting police that the 11 Ethiopians were arrested at Dzaleka Refugee Camp on Monday around 11 pm. Police received a tip that the Ethiopians have been locked in one of the houses within Dzaleka refugee camp. The Ethiopians revealed ...

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Two killed as protests continue in Ethiopia

ESAT News (October 18, 2017) At least two people were killed as security forces fired shots into protesters in a village near Fiche town, 53 miles outside the capital Addis Ababa. The anti-government protesters responded with setting government vehicles on fire. Four vehicles were set ablaze in Gebregurecha. Protests continued in Melketuri, Gebreguracha, Ejerie, Chanco, Bedelle, Metu as well as ...

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Ethiopia: Spread of HIV/AIDS reaches epidemic levels

ESAT News (October 18, 2017) The spread of HIV in Ethiopia has reached epidemic levels as 27,000 people are infected with the virus every year, according to a conference organized to discuss the status of HIV/AIDS in the country. 19,000 people die of AIDS every year in Ethiopia with percentage of infections in some areas reaching 25%. Nationwide, 1.8 percent ...

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Ethiopia: Protesters in towns surrounding Addis Ababa denounce TPLF

ESAT News (October 17, 2017) Residents in towns near the capital Addis Ababa continued anti-government protests on Tuesday and called for the end to TPLF rule. Businesses and schools were closed in Chancho, 32 miles outside Addis Ababa after the killing of two residents on Monday by the Agazi forces of the regime. In Fiche, 53 miles from the capital, ...

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Congress should call Ethiopia’s bluff and pass H. R. 128: says staff with Freedom House

ESAT News (October 17, 2017) U.S. – Ethiopia counterterrorism partnership should not stop Congress from passing H. R. 128, a resolution that supports respect for human rights in Ethiopia, and bullying tactics by the Ethiopian regime should not derail the process of passing the resolution, a staff with Freedom House said on Monday. “Counterterrorism partnership should not give Ethiopian authorities ...

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Anti-govt protests continue in Ethiopia as two killed in Chancho

ESAT News (October 16, 2017) Protests continued for the second week in Ethiopia’s Oromo region as Agazi forces of the regime killed two people in Chancho, 32 miles north of the capital Addis Ababa. Protests continue in Jimma, Chancho, Sululta and Metu on Monday. Witnesses say in Metu, the local police and officials have taken part in the protests that ...

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I may be freed but my country is in prison: Temesgen Desalegn

ESAT News (October 16, 2017) Temesgen Desalegn, a prominent journalist released on Sunday after three years in jail, said he may be out of prison but his country is not. He said he still feels that he is not free. Speaking to ESAT from Addis Ababa, Temesgen said he was held in a dark cell for two years. Temesgen was ...

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Ethiopia: Bereket Simon submits resignation

    by Engidu Woldie ESAT News (October 16, 2017) Bereket Simon, a high ranking political figure with the ruling EPRDF, has submitted his resignation from his position as chair of the Ethiopian Economic Policy Research Institute, according a report by the BBC Amharic. The report said Mr. Simon submitted his resignation to the Prime Minister, Hailemariam Desalegn. Local newspapers ...

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Ethiopia: Moyale-Addis road closed as protest continues

ESAT News (October 13, 2017) The Moyale-Addis road has been closed for the second day as anti-government protests continue in the Oromo region for the third day. Reports reaching ESAT show protests continued today in West and East Wollega while a massive turn out was reported at the Bule Hora University in the south. In Gimbi, Wollega thousands of protesters ...

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