Opposition parties in Ethiopia accuse government of marginalizing ethnic minorities
Dec 26, Addis Ababa: The Ethiopian opposition party have accused the government of marginalizing the ethnic Oromos people in the region.
Oromiya is the largest region in Ethiopia and according to the Oromo Federalist Congress (OFC), said security forces have killed nearly 86 people since protests began earlier this month over government plans to create an investment and industrial zone near the capital, Addis Ababa.
Similarly, Merara Gudina, OFC chairman, has said that the police detained Gerba on Friday and the party's assistant secretary, Dejene Tafa, a day earlier.
"They suspect that our party and some of our members are part of the protest movement, that we have been inciting the demonstrations," he was quoted saying by Reuters.
Meanwhile, the government has accused the terrorist groups Oromo Liberation Front (OLF) and opposition group Ginbot 7 of being involved in the protests. However according to Amnesty International, the protesters have been labelled "terrorists" by the authorities "in an attempt to violently suppress protests against potential land seizures".
Earlier this week, the opposition said the government had rejected, for the second time, an application to hold a public demonstration on December 27 to protest against the Addis Ababa Master Plan.
The Oslo Times