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The protests in Ethiopia last weekend follow previous incidents of discontent by another dominant ethnic group: here we look at the background to the unrest: Earlier this year, members of the country’s largest ethnic group, the Oromo, took the the streets in violent demonstrations. Now it is the second biggest group, the Amhara, who are protesting. displayAdvert("mpu_3") Many thousands gathered on Sunday to protest governance issues. The protest does not have a single cause but a clear target was the federal government, dominated by the Tigray minority ethnic group since the last military ruler Mengistu Haile Mariam was deposed, as far back as in 1991. Africanews’ correspondent in Ethiopia, Antoine Gilando, confirmed the reasons for the protest on ‘The Morning Call’ program explaining further that even with their ties to a relatively smaller population, the ruling Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) had established a hegemony at the helm of the political establishment. Getachew Metaferia, professor of political science at Morgan State University in Maryland, US, told Voice of America that growing inequality and a lack of freedom of expression had combined with perceived attempts to favour Tigray in the position or regional boundaries to spark the protests. At

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