Ethiopia: Shops Reportedly Closed in Bahir Dar to Mark Anniversary of Unrest
August 8, 2017 - Businesses have been reportedly closed in Bahir Dar city, the capital city of Amhara regional state, since early yesterday morning to mark the first anniversary of anti-government demonstrations, according to Anadolu Agency. Transpiration services were also not available at first, but resumed yesterday afternoon.
Police Commander Walelgn Dagnew quoted by Anadolu Agency as saying “the strike had been organized through social media a year after unrest across Amhara and Oromia that left hundreds of people dead.”
He added that “shops are closed in the city since early this morning but the transportation service has resumed this afternoon.”
Late Sunday, a bomb exploded in Bahir Dar without causing casualties. Dagnew said five suspects had been arrested.
Last Friday, the Ethiopian parliament lifted the 10-month state of emergency imposed following anti-government unrest in Oromia and Amhara states.
According to the government, at least 669 people died in protests initially sparked by plans to expand the territory of Addis Ababa, which led farmers to fear eviction and the loss of land.
The government later scrapped the proposals but the protests continued as the Oromo people – Ethiopia. The government later scrapped the proposals but the protests continued as the Oromo people -- Ethiopia's largest ethnic group -- called for greater involvement in politics.