Addis Ababa – Violent weekend clashes between protesters and
security forces have claimed the lives of more than a dozen people across
The government announced on Sunday evening that seven protesters
died in the northern Amhara region's capital, Bahir Dar.
Online activists and witnesses in at least three other towns said
many other casualties occurred in the Oromia region, where protesters have
demanded the release of people detained in massive demonstrations earlier this
The government blocked the internet over the weekend, alleging
that "anti-peace elements" based outside the country and supported by
online activists are to blame for the violence.
Witnesses who spoke to The Associated Press anonymously for fear
of reprisals said anti-riot police also used force on Saturday to disperse
hundreds of protesters in the capital, Addis Ababa.