Ethiopian police detained 40 opposition supporters distributing leaflets calling for the repeal of an anti-terrorism law they say has been used to stifle dissent, the Unity for Democracy and Justice party said.
Ethiopia’s opposition Blue Party, which yesterday held the country’s largest protests in eight years, said it’s planning more demonstrations unless the state meets demands including the release of “political” prisoners.
Ethiopia’s government denied claims by the opposition that political activists in state of Oromia have been arrested in recent weeks as part of a crackdown to pre-empt potential anti-government protests.
Ethiopia is “highly likely” to charge another 121 Oromo rebels with terrorist offences after 14 people were sentenced yesterday over their involvement in a plot to bomb an African Union summit, a government spokesman said.
Ethiopian security forces detained two Swedish journalists for illegally entering the country after a raid on a rebel group in the eastern Somali region that killed 15, State Minister of Communications Shimeles Kemal said.