About 50 people were killed in weekend clashes in Ethiopia between police and anti-government protesters, opposition and diplomatic sources told AFP on Monday. Protests swept the vast Oromia region and even reached the capital Addis Ababa.
“We have reports of between 48 to 50 protesters killed in Oromia. This death toll might be higher because there were a lot of wounded,” said Merera Gudina, leader of the opposition Oromo People’s Congress.
A diplomat confirmed 49 people were killed across Oromia, a region straddling central-western Ethiopia, and in Amhara, in the north. “They appear to be low level, quite disorganized protests scattered all around.”