69 Ethiopians arrested over suspected roles in deadly ethnic violenceCGTN


Ethiopian security forces have arrested 69 people for their roles in recent ethnic violence in western Ethiopia, state media outlet Amhara Mass Media Agency (AMMA) reported on Friday.

AMMA reported among the 69 suspects arrested are eight government officials, with investigations continuing to identify other government officials suspected of involvement in recent ethnic violence.

AMMA further reported the Ethiopia Ministry of Peace (MoP) is working with officials from Benishangul and Amhara regional states to arrest other remaining suspects in the recent ethnic violence.

Ethnic violence along the border areas of Ethiopia’s Benishangul Gumuz and Amhara regional state which started in April and continued to early May left dozens of people dead and tens of thousands displaced.

The ethnic violence which centered in Dangur locality, Metekel zone of Benishangul Gumuz regional state and neighboring Jawi zone of Amhara regional state involved members of the Gumuz and the Amhara ethnic groups.

Ethiopia follows an ethnic federalism model, which has been credited with giving self-governance rights to the more than 80 ethnic groups that make Ethiopia’s estimated 105 million plus population.

However, critics claim that the ethnic federalism model magnifies ethnic diversity at the expense of national unity, leading to occasional deadly ethnic clashes.

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  1. Continue rounding up such bigots, throw them in jails and throw away the keys. What is driving such goons is not ethnic nationalism but rather run-of-the-mill hatred toward others who are not ‘them’. Their outlook and affinity is so narrowed toward their ethnicity that for them the other ethnic groups are fair game, fair game meaning to the likes of the muzzles of their guns and sharp edges of their machetes/daggers. They don’t see others beyond their locales just as human beings as they are. To them The Almighty was the one who created the first Human, Adam and Hawwa but not the ones on the other side of the ethnic divide. To them, no one has been as neglected and destitute as they have been. For them, everyone else is a suspect and guilty for the wretchedness of ‘their’ people therefore a clear and present danger. They are full blown psychopath let loose on those proven harmonious people. They work day and night to take their ‘people’ on the path of unforgivable sin and destruction of a society put together by the Will of The Almighty. These are modern day ‘iblis’ in human flesh who are hell bent to turn that gem of the colored into hell on earth for the common man/woman.

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