Amnesty confirmed 30 fatal shootings by police in Bahir Dar on Sunday night, saying the deaths might have amounted to “extrajudicial killings”

By Aislinn Laing (The Telegraph) |

Around 90 people are believed to have been killed in Ethiopia after police used live bullets on people taking part in rare protests against the government.

In Oromia, a region to the south-east of the capital Addis Ababa, residents and opposition politicians told Reuters news agency that at least 33 people had been killed in protests in towns across the region in which they chanted anti-government slogans and waved dissident flags.

The agency cites residents of Bahir Dar, a city in the northern Amhara region as saying that as many as 60 people had been killed there.

Amnesty International confirmed 30 fatal shootings by police in Bahir Dar on Sunday night, saying the deaths might have amounted to “extrajudicial killings”.

Protests started in November against a government plan to change municipal boundaries to integrate parts of Oromia into the capital, but have spread amid widespread discontent about the country’s anti-democratic government.

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Amnesty claimed that hundreds more protesters have been rounded up by the country into police and military detention centers.

The state-owned Ethiopian News Agency said “illegal protests” by “anti-peace forces” had been brought under control but made no mention of casualties.

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