Ambo University students tear-gassed by police

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Ambo University students tear-gassed by police The Horn of Africa country’s Oromiya region has seen months of demonstrations over plans to incorporate some of its territory into the capital as part of an expansion scheme. The plans were scrapped after intense resistance from residents, but protesters are continuing to demonstrate against alleged abuses and for the release of people arrested during the campaign. In Addis Ababa hundreds of people holding placards gathered at Meskel Square in the center of the city before police dispersed them, a Reuters witness said. Protests also took place in the towns of Ambo and Woliso in Oromiya, where large crowds gathered early on Saturday before soldiers blockaded roads and began to shoot in the air, witnesses said. “We have rights but they are consistently violated by this government,” one protester told Reuters by phone from Ambo. “They jail everyone who opposes them. All prisoners should be released.” A witness told Reuters that one demonstrator was shot in Ambo as police tried to quell the unrest. A student at Ambo University said hundreds of people marched to the town’s center waving opposition flags and chanting anti-government slogans, before police and soldiers dispersed the crowd by firing in the air and using tear gas. In a statement Ethiopia’s information ministry said the country would not tolerate “forces that threaten the country’s hard-earned peace and development gains” and added that the government stood ready “to discharge its responsibility.”

The African Union (A.U.) has officially commented on a political turnaround by the Ethiopian government. The A.U. commended the government over its decision to foster national consensus and to open up the political space. A 4 January 2018 statement signed by the A.U. chief, Moussa Faki Mahamat, also tasked Ethiopians reciprocate the move by the government by embracing the spirit of forgiveness and unity. The ruling Ethiopian Peoples Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) on Tuesday announced that it was going to release all political prisoners and also close down a notorious prison facility – the Maekalawi jail located in the capital, Addis Ababa. displayAdvert("mpu_3") These steps will also enhance the country’s stability, which is of paramount importance for the region and Africa as a whole. The move has been hailed by most political watchers across the world even though activists and human rights groups are calling for more clarifications on the announcement. Ethiopia to close notorious prison and free all political prisoners https://t.co/73WwqHeLRz— africanews (@africanews) January 3, 2018 Statement of the Chairperson of the African Union Commission on Recent Developments in Ethiopia “The Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat, welcomes the announcement made by the
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