Ethiopia arrests 1,700 officials over deadly unrest

August 14, 2020

(Warandhaabmedia News) — Authorities in Ethiopia’s Oromia region have arrested about 1,200 zonal and district level government officials in connection with last month’s deadly unrest that was sparked by the assassination of popular musician Hachalu Hundesa.

An additional 500 government employees suspected of being involved in the security crisis were also been arrested.

According to a statement by Oromia regional communication affairs bureau, the officials, including heads of administration in towns and districts, were arrested over failure to discharge their responsibility during the violence.

Some government officials were accused of playing a role in spreading the violence to various Oromia regional towns.

Some security officials were accused of lending their weapons to attackers.

Following the week-long protests in July, at least 240 civilians and police officers were killed.

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