Ethiopia PM Abiy says death toll from recent protests rises to 86

ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) - Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed said on Sunday the death toll from protests last month had risen to 86 and urged citizens to resist forces threatening to impede the country's progress. 'We have to stop those forces who are trying pull us two steps back while we are going one step forward,' Abiy told a news conference with local news organisations broadcast by state-affiliated Fana Broadcasting

Reuters November 04, 2019 00:11:46 IST
Ethiopia PM Abiy says death toll from recent protests rises to 86

Ethiopia PM Abiy says death toll from recent protests rises to 86

ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) - Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed said on Sunday the death toll from protests last month had risen to 86 and urged citizens to resist forces threatening to impede the country's progress.

"We have to stop those forces who are trying pull us two steps back while we are going one step forward," Abiy told a news conference with local news organisations broadcast by state-affiliated Fana Broadcasting.

Supporters of activist Jawar Mohammed took to the streets on Oct. 23 and 24 to protest after he said police had surrounded his home in the capital Addis Ababa and tried to withdraw his government security detail.

The latest death toll, which the government late last week had put at 78, included 82 men and four women, Abiy said. Most were from the Oromo and Amhara ethnic groups and victims included both Muslims and Christians, he said.

There were also protests last month in several cities in Oromiya, Ethiopia's most populous province, underscoring the spectre of ethnic violence which the United Nations  says has already left more than 2 million people internally displaced.

"I ask you to pray for all the victims of violence in that land,” Pope Francis said during his weekly Sunday address at the Vatican.

Ahead of elections in 2020, Abiy must walk a delicate line between increasing political freedoms and reigning in strongmen building ethnic powerbases by demanding more access to land, power and resources for their groups.

Since his appointment in 2018, he has initiated political reforms which have won him international praise but also lifted the lid on long-repressed tensions among the many ethnic groups in Africa's second most populous nation with a population of more than 100 million.

Abiy won the Nobel peace prize last month for his peacemaking efforts which ended two decades of hostility with longtime enemy Eritrea.

(Reporting by Giulia Paravicini; additional reporting by Phil Pullella in Vatican City; writing by George Obulutsa; editing by Jason Neely)

This story has not been edited by Firstpost staff and is generated by auto-feed.

Updated Date:

TAGS:

Find latest and upcoming tech gadgets online on Tech2 Gadgets. Get technology news, gadgets reviews & ratings. Popular gadgets including laptop, tablet and mobile specifications, features, prices, comparison.

also read

Pakistan ready to host top sides in packed 2021 calendar after years of international isolation
First Cricket News

Pakistan ready to host top sides in packed 2021 calendar after years of international isolation

South Africa, New Zealand, England and West Indies are scheduled to visit Pakistan in what will be a very busy 2021 for the PCB.

Pakistan spinner Raza Hasan apologises for breach of bio-secure protocols, requests to rescind punishment
First Cricket News

Pakistan spinner Raza Hasan apologises for breach of bio-secure protocols, requests to rescind punishment

The High Performance Centre of the Pakistan Cricket Board had expelled Raza Hasan from remaining matches of the Quaid-e-Azam trophy after he left the team hotel in Karachi for an outing without informing the team management or the medical panel.

CAS reserves verdict on Umar Akmal's appeal against three-year ban by PCB
First Cricket News

CAS reserves verdict on Umar Akmal's appeal against three-year ban by PCB

Umar Akmal filed the appeal with the CAS after an independent adjudicator of the Pakistan Cricket Board reduced his ban from three-years to 18 months.