The students are protesting a plan by the government to take a large amount of land from Oromo farmers for development.
“We are urging the United States government to be a little bit more proactive to open up the political system to make the system as inclusive as possible so that multiple voices can be heard within the political process and a peaceful solution can be found,” he said.
“The reason why the government is so paranoid about any protest by the Oromo is because of our sheer numbers,” he said. “They are afraid the system cannot hold. . . so they lash out with disproportionate force.”
Ethiopia’s government restricts access of outsiders and controls the press. The government reports 11 students killed in the clash, but other accounts put the death toll much higher.