Seven people were killed during protests in a western Ethiopian town over the expansion of the capital, Addis Ababa, General-Secretary of the opposition Oromo Federalist Congress Bekele Nega said.
The police opened fire on April 29 in Ambo as demonstrators invaded the state-owned Construction and Business Bank after a security guard shot dead a male protester, Nega said today by phone. Communications Minister Redwan Hussein and State Minister of Communications Shimeles Kemal didn’t answer their phones today when called for comment.
Protests by Oromo people, Ethiopia’s most populous ethnic group, have been taking place for the past week, mostly around universities in several towns across the Oromia region, which surrounds Addis Ababa, Nega said.
One person died and about 70 others were injured in a blast at Haromaya University in the east, pro-government Fana Broadcasting Corp. said on its website yesterday, citing a Communications Ministry statement.
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