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To Oromo Protests Question from Inner City Press, Ethiopia PR Calls Social Media Dangerous

To Oromo Protests Question from Inner City Press, Ethiopia PR Calls Social Media Dangerous
Sep 1 at 11:36pm
To Oromo Protests Question from Inner City Press, Ethiopia PR Calls Social Media DangerousBy Matthew Russell Lee, Photos

UNITED NATIONS, September 1  – With the UN Security Council presidency for September being taken  over by Ethiopia’s Tekeda Alemu, Inner City Press on September 1 asked  Ambassador Alemu four questions, the answers to which sketch out the  Ethopian government’s worldview. In response to Inner City Press asking  for an update on the Oromo Protests – and crackdown on them – Alemu said  the question should have been asked privately.

He said there are issues  to be sorted out. He said there are “a lot of hands… the role of the social media has been extremely dangerous, there are radio stations which have been fanning conflict. That’s why I’d like to have a private discussion with you. But for now, this will suffice.” Video here. In response to Inner City Press asking  asking why Burundi, where even the UN says there is a risk of genocide,  is not on his September Program of Work nor on the agenda of the  Council’s visit to Addis Ababa, Alemu said that you can’t compare  Burundi to Central African Republic, that Burundi has “strong state  institutions.” But it is that very “strength,” which some say the  country shares with Ethiopia, and with until recently military-ruled  Myanmar about which Inner City Press also asked, that has led to the  human rights violations. In this context, Inner City Press asked Alemu  about the Oromo protests – and crackdown – in his country….

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