40 Oromos arrested during Nairobi protest against Ethiopia

October 3, 2016 12:26 pm
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“These people should go and protest in Addis Ababa if they have any grievances"/FILE
“These people should go and protest in Addis Ababa if they have any grievances”/FILE

, NAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 3 – 40 members of the Oromo community were on Sunday evening arrested in Nairobi for protesting against the Ethiopian government.

According to Nairobi Police Chief Japheth Koome, the suspects were arrested at City Park area, where they were meeting to denounce their government.

“These people should go and protest in Addis Ababa if they have any grievances.”

Koome said those arrested would appear in court Monday morning.

This was after the weekend death of more than 50 Oromos during a protest in Ethiopia.

Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn said rioters had caused “pre-planned mayhem” that led people to fall to their deaths in ravines.

He denied reports that the security forces had opened fire.

In a national address on state TV, he praised their “great efforts” to protect the public and blamed “evil forces” for the deaths, vowing to bring to justice those responsible.

Thousands had gathered for the religious festival in Bishoftu, 40km from the capital Addis Ababa.

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