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Vol 59 No 19

Published 28th September 2018


Rallies shatter fragile peace

Ethnic killings, shootings by police and mass detentions rock Addis Ababa as Abiy’s democratic openings trigger ferment

Ethiopia's rulers scheduled the triumphant return of two diametrically opposed political movements a week apart in a move that spoke of either breezy confidence or naivety. The events that followed in and around Addis Ababa included 50 deaths, thousands of arrests, the reappearance of authoritarian policing, and vicious recriminations between rival supporters.

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