22nd January, 2018
Ethiopian security forces have shot and killed individuals who had convened to celebrate a religious festival on 20th January 2018 in Weldia, a town in Amhara region, northern Ethiopia. This triggered more anti-government demonstrations in the town in the following two days, which led to more casualties. The exact number of the deceased is not yet confirmed, but multiple sources put the number as high as 12; several others also sustained gun shots.
According to reports, federal forces shot at civilians who were chanting anti-government songs at the annual St. Michael’s Day, in the aftermath of the national Epiphany holiday. The local police head, Commander Amare Goshu told national TV that “security forces fired at crowds, because they were throwing stones at security forces”. [Read more…]