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Ethiopia: Tensions remain high in Bahir Dar after bomb explosion

ESAT News (August 14, 2017) Tensions remain high in Bahir Dar after a bomb exploded on Saturday injuring two people. Authorities say they have arrested the suspects. A woman was seriously injured. The explosion came amid growing tensions after small businesses and vendors called a strike last week opposing a new tax hike by the government. Authorities responded with arresting ...

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Amb. Girma Birru may not return home due to allegations of corruption: sources

ESAT News (August 14, 2017) Ethiopia called five ambassadors but its special envoy, ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary to the United States, Girma Birru may not return home at a time when the regime is cracking down on corruption and arresting officials suspected of high level embezzlement, according to ESAT’s sources who allege that the ambassador has a stake in a ...

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Ethiopia: Strikes by small businesses spread further

ESAT News (August 11, 2017) Strikes by small businesses and vendors spread further to towns in North Gondar, East Gojjam, Oromo and southern regions of the country opposing the new tax hikes despite threats by authorities who put notice of violation on a number of businesses. Over 150 businessmen were detained in Bahir Dar, according to information received by ESAT. ...

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About 160 Ethiopian migrants forced into the sea off the coast of Yemen by smugglers

ESAT News (August 11, 2017) 160 Ethiopian migrants were violently forced into the sea off the coast of Yemen on Thursday, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) said on Friday. Thursday’s tragedy came one day after the presumed death of 50 Ethiopian and Somali migrants during a similar incident, the Organization said. Both tragedies took place off the coast of ...

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About 180 migrants forced from boat, a day after 50 Somalis, Ethiopians drowned by smugglers

ESAT News (August 10, 2017) Another 180 migrants were forced from a boat today, a day after 50 Somalis and Ethiopians were drowned by smugglers off the coast of Yemen, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) said in a statement Thursday. “Up to 180 migrants are reported to have been forced from a boat by smugglers off the coast of ...

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Reports of fighting in eastern Ethiopia, highway to Jijiga blocked

ESAT News (August 10, 2017) There has been reports of fighting in the area between the cities of Harar and Babile on the way to the country’s eastern commercial town of Jijiga. The highway connecting the capital Addis Ababa to Jijiga has been blocked, according a security alert by the U.S. Embassy in Addis Ababa. Bloggers close officials in Addis ...

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Ethiopia: Court denies bail to Bekele Gerba

ESAT News (August 10, 2017) The 4th criminal bench of the federal high court in Addis Ababa on Thursday denied bail to a prominent Ethiopian opposition leader while the 2nd bench gave additional time to police investigating the cases of individuals accused of corruption. Bekele Gerba, first secretary general of the Oromo Federalist Congress was initially accused of terrorism but ...

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Advocacy group demand British prosecutors to drop charges against Ethiopian pro-democracy activist

ESAT News (August 9, 2017) The Ethiopian Advocacy Network (EAN) demand British prosecutors to drop what it called politically motivated charges against Dr. Tadesse Biru Kersmo, well-known dissident and pro-democracy activist who was briefly detained by UK authorities on terrorism charges. “Dr. Kersmo, a scholar, researcher, and God-fearing Christian believes only a genuine democratic system will bring peace and stability ...

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American expert accuses TPLF of reviving apartheid in Ethiopia, embezzling billions of dollars

ESAT News (August 9, 2017) An American economist and civil resistance expert has accused the TPLF of copying the policies of the defunct apartheid regime in South Africa to oppress and exploit the poor people of Ethiopia. In an exclusive interview with ESAT, David Steinman, who advises pro-democracy movements around the world, said the minority regime is draining all the ...

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Ethiopia: Strikes continue in Oromo and Amhara regions

ESAT News (August 8, 2017) Strikes have continued in several towns in the Oromo and Amhara regions as regime security forces responded with arrests and intimidations. Reports reaching ESAT say security forces arrested several people in the city of Bahir Dar following a stay at home strike on Monday that shuts down the entire city. Businesses and other services were ...

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