Ethiopia arrests 1,700 officials over deadly unrest

Members of the Oromo community participate in a silent march on August 7, 2020 in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Photo credit: Brandon Bell | Afp

What you need to know:

  • The officials were arrested for allegedly failing to discharge their responsibility during the violence.
  • Some security officials were accused of lending their weapons to attackers.

Authorities in Ethiopia's Oromia region have arrested about 1,200 zonal and district level government officials in connection with last month's deadly unrest that was sparked by the assassination of popular musician Hachalu Hundesa.

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