Ethiopia has curbed foreign diplomats’ travel and banned access to foreign-based opposition media in latest provisions tacked on to the state of emergency, introduced in response to a wave of anti-government protests.

Diplomats are not permitted to travel more than 40 kilometers outside the capital, Addis Ababa. New restrictions published in local media on Sunday also include a 30-mile “red zone” adjacent to the country’s borders in which it is illegal to carry firearms. The measures include a 6:00 pm to 6:00 am curfew around areas where factories and major government institutions are based, which have come under attack from protesters in recent weeks. These are just some of the new restrictions added to the state of emergency as part of the Ethiopian regime’s response to an unprecedented wave of anti-government protests against its authoritarian rule which has left hundreds dead.

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Dr. Merera Gudina, head of the Oromo Federalist Congress (OFC), told DW that the Ethiopian regime sees the state of emergency in part as “legal cover” so it can continue with its present policies. “The regime is in its worst crisis since it took over in 1991. Across the country people are resisting the regime, that is why it declared a state of emergency,” Gudina said. He remains optimistic and added that the opposition will continue with their peaceful struggle for change.

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