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Ethiopia anti-government protesters clash with police in capital, Addis Ababa

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<p>Hundreds of protesters on Saturday clashed with police in Ethiopia’s capital, Addis Ababa after campaigners called for nationwide protests against unfair distribution of wealth in the country. </p> <p>Violence broke out as police tried to stop several hundred chanting protesters from accessing the historic Meskel square in downtown Addis Ababa. </p> <p>Footage posted online showed security officers using force against the unarmed protesters.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-video" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr"><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/OromoProtests?src=hash">#OromoProtests</a>: unarmed peaceful Protesters <a href="https://twitter.com/mesqal"><code>mesqal</a> square, Addis Ababa met with police brutality <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Ethiopia?src=hash">#Ethiopia</a> <a href="https://t.co/5fRfRKdTrn">pic.twitter.com/5fRfRKdTrn</a></p>&mdash; Ethiopian Press (</code>abenezer_a) <a href="https://twitter.com/abenezer_a/status/761908009312382976">August 6, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">An eye witness account of police beating protesters who gathered for the region wide <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/OromoProtests?src=hash">#OromoProtests</a> in <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/AddisAbaba?src=hash">#AddisAbaba</a> <a href="https://t.co/Mzw72qO1ir">https://t.co/Mzw72qO1ir</a></p>— Addis Standard (@addisstandard) <a href="https://twitter.com/addisstandard/status/761847419705458694">August 6, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <p>Local media also reported that the protests were replicated in other parts of the country in response to a call by online activists of the Oromo protests.</p> <p>Earlier on Friday, two people were killed in similar clashes with police in Ethiopia’s ancient city of Gonder.</p> <p>The demonstrations started as a small-scale student protest over the government’s plan to expand Addis Ababa into adjacent farm lands of Oromia, Ethiopia’s largest constitutionally autonomous state.</p>
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