Six People Killed Following Anti-Government Protest in Southern Ethiopia

By Staff Reporter

six-killed-snnprFebruary 29, 2020 (Ezega.com) -- Six people were killed and more than ten others wounded in gunfire by security forces against anti-government protesters in Tume town of Maji district in the southern regional state of Ethiopia.

Eyewitnesses told Ezega.com that this occurred as members of Liyu (special) and national defense forces opened fire against anti-government protestors.

Officials of the zone said only two persons were killed but hospital sources confirmed the death of six people in the gunfire.

The eyewitnesses said the protest was staged to object the government’s decision to arrest Deputy Administrator and Security Bureau Head of Maji district following the introduction of a new administrative structure by south Omo with Maji district inclusive.

“There were elderly people and children among those eleven people who suffered injuries and three of them are female,” the eyewitnesses said.

“As the protestors blocked the main road linking the town of Tumi to Maji zone, the security forces arrived and began shooting straight at the protestors.” the eyewitnesses added.

Maji District Health Center Kebede Aku confirmed to local media that the death of six protestors whose dead bodies are still laid down in the health center and one of the injured persons who were in critical condition was referred to Maji hospital.

West Omo zone militia head Solomon Mekonnen however claimed one male and female protestors were killed and ten male and two female wounded in the gunfire.

Members of the special police and defense forces reportedly returned to their camps once they killed and wounded as many people, the eyewitnesses said.

The Deputy Administrator and Security Bureau Head of Maji who got the admiration of the residents was detained by the “command post” – the military administration of the area.

The Maji zone falls under the administration of the west Omo zone following the former Bench Maji zone splitting into two administrations.

Meanwhile, the whole of Ethiopia on Friday night experienced a complete blackout for undisclosed reasons.

Communication director of the Ethiopian Electric Power Moges Mekonnen said the electric cut had to do with power generation problems in Gibe III. The electric power service in Addis Ababa resumed after five hours of blackout.

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