At least 75 killed in protests in Ethiopia’s Oromia region, says Human Rights Watch

Oromia, most populous of Ethiopia's federal states. At least 75 people have been killed during weeks of protests in the region, which have seen soldiers and police firing on demonstrators, Human Rights Watch said on Saturday. GOOGLE MAPS

What you need to know:

  • The protests began in November when students opposed government proposals to take over territory in several towns in the Oromia region.
  • Government spokesman Getachew Reda said the "peaceful demonstrations" that began last month had escalated into violence, accusing protesters of "terrorising the civilians."
  • Pictures have appeared on social media, apparently showing bloodied protestors and armed police firing tear gas at student demonstrators.
  • Rights groups have repeatedly criticised Ethiopia's use of anti-terrorism legislation to stifle peaceful dissent.

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