Protest over Sugar in Restive Ethiopia Town Kills Two
Without giving details, a spokesperson for the Oromia region, Addisu Arega, acknowledged two people were killed in the clash after the protests that began on Wednesday.
ADDIS ABABA (AFP)―At least two people were killed during a protest over the transportation of sugar in a restive Ethiopian town, a government spokesperson said on Thursday.
An Ambo resident told AFP protesters blocked the town’s main road after a rumor spread that trucks passing through were carrying scarce sugar on orders of the government.
Ambo was at the center of a wave of anti-government protests that started in late 2015 and were temporarily quelled by the imposition of a 10-month state of emergency in October 2016.
Hostility to the government runs deep in Ambo, a university town 120km west of the capital Addis Ababa, and the belief that the sugar was destined for an area loyal to the government caused protesters to try to block the trucks’ passage, a resident said.
Without giving details, a spokesperson for the Oromia region, Addisu Arega, acknowledged two people were killed in the clash after the protests that began on Wednesday (Oct. 25).
“In protest and conflict in Ambo town, two precious people have lost their lives. And there were some injuries as well,” Addisu wrote on Facebook.
“The Oromia regional state condemns the illegal people who are inflaming protests and initiating young people to violence in the relation to the search for sugar.”