50 civilians dead as soldiers, police open fire on Ethiopian protesters

50 civilians dead as soldiers, police open fire on Ethiopian protesters

Following protests scattered all over Ethiopia cities today, the Mulatu Teshome-led government ordered soldiers and other security forces to use force in dispersing the crowds of civilians calling for the release of detained opposition members who criticized the government and or took part in an anti-government protest against allocation of farmlands policy between late 2015 and early this year.

Around 50 people have been killed as forces freely used teargas and live bullets on the protesters.

Merera Gudina, leader of opposition party Oromo People’s Congress told newsmen:

“We have reports of between 48 to 50 protesters killed in Oromia. This death toll might be higher because there were a lot of wounded.”

 Another source, confirming the killings said 15 people were killed in Nekemte while 27 died in Bahir Dar.

Meanwhile, Michelle Kagari, Amnesty International regional head for East Africa, added:

“Ethiopian forces have systematically used excessive force in their mistaken attempts to silence dissenting voices.”