Anti-Government Protest Near Ethiopia’s Capital


Protests have broken out on the outskirts of Ethiopia’s capital, Addis Ababa, police say.

Truckloads of police headed towards the areas where demonstrators have been blocking roads and singing.

There were security forces every where blocking roads and holding traffic for unknown cause.

A cement factory owned by Africa’s richest man, Nigerian business tycoon Aliko Dangote, has been attacked by protesters in Ethiopia’s Oromia region, the regional government has said in a statement.

The protests were in response to the deaths of at least 55 people in a stampede at a religious festival of the Oromo people on Sunday.

The protesters burnt trucks and machinery at the Dangote Cement Factory in Ada Berga, the state-affiliated Fana Broadcasting Corporate reports.

Activists say the security forces opened fire at the festival, causing the stampede.

The festival was marred by protesters who chanted slogans demanding political freedom in Ethiopia.

The government has denied that the security forces opened fire, blaming the violence on “evil forces”.