10 Killed when Security Force Fired Live Shots on Protesters in Ambo
Addis Abeba, Oct. 26/2017 – At least ten people were killed today and 20 more wounded in a fresh round of protest that started on Tuesday October 24 in Ambo city, 125 km west of Addis Abeba and one of the epicenters of the 2014-2016 Oromo protests.
Earlier in the morning a student at Ambo University told Addis Standard that at least five people were killed by “security forces in the middle of a swelling protest fathering.” However, according to the latest information from Gadisa Desalegn, Ambo city communication head, who spoke to the DW Amharic news, the ten people were shot dead by “members of ‘Agazi’ forces”.
The controversial Agazi forces are anti-insurgency military forces who are sent out in protesting areas in the country, a practice that became common after the 2005 deadly post general elections. However, Addis Standard’s sources from the city say a large contingent of the regular federal army is also deployed in the city. “We never saw the level of military forces deployed in the city even during the peak times of last year’s protest,” Alemu Dechasa, a shop owner told Addis Standard by phone.