Security forces shot tear gas and closed roads in major cities throughout the country as demonstrators protested against land reforms and alleged human rights abuses being carried out by the government.
On Aug. 6, hundreds of people gathered in Mescal square in the center of Addis Ababa, only to be dispersed by the police. Protests also broke out in the towns of Waliso and Ambo, both in Oromiya province. Eyewitness reports say that soldiers closed the roads and shot in the air. There is a large university in Ambo.
Ethiopian security forces used tear gas and blocked roads and other major towns to try to quell protests against alleged rights abuses.
“We have rights but they are consistently violated by this government,” one protester told Reuters.
“They jail everyone who opposes them. All prisoners should be released.”
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