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State of Emergency Declared in Ethiopia

Ethiopia has declared a state of emergency following months of often violent anti-government protests, especially in the restive Oromia region.
●    Protests reignited this week in the Oromia region - the main focus of a recent wave of demonstrations - after dozens of people were killed in a stampede on October 2, which was sparked by police firing tear gas and warning shots at a huge crowd of protesters attending a religious festival.
●    The official death toll given by the government was 55, though opposition activists and rights groups said they believe more than 100 people died as they fled security forces, falling into ditches that dotted the area.
●    The anti-government demonstrations started in November among the Oromo, Ethiopia's biggest ethnic group, and later spread to the Amhara, the second most populous group.
●    Though they initially began over land rights, they later broadened into calls for more political, economic and cultural rights.