Political Unrest
Associated Press

Ethiopia declares state of emergency as protests continue

Africa | Government opponents see the move as an official attempt to silence dissent
by Onize Ohikere
Posted 10/10/16, 11:25 am

The Ethiopian government on Sunday declared a six-month state of emergency after a week of anti-government protests resulted in deaths and property damage across the country, especially in the Oromia region. 

The decree marks Ethiopia’s first state of emergency in 25 years and has raised concerns of more government repression.

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Ethiopia mourns stampede victims

Ethiopia | The incident marks a turning point in the restive Oromia region
by Onize Ohikere
Posted 10/04/16, 11:25 am

The Ethiopian government has declared three days of national mourning after more than 52 people died Sunday in a stampede at a large thanksgiving festival in the Oromia region. The incident, triggered by clashes between security forces and protesters, highlights the growing tension between the government and demonstrators seeking more political freedom.

The government communications office said in a statement that all Ethiopian flags in the country and at its embassies and consular offices around the world would fly at half-staff beginning today.

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Hong Kong marks Umbrella Movement anniversary

International | Christian groups urge civic engagement as pro-democracy activists fight for more autonomy from China
by June Cheng
Posted 9/30/16, 11:06 am

HONG KONG—Two years ago, tens of thousands of people filled the streets of Hong Kong to protest an undemocratic proposal to choose the former British colony’s top leader, only to find Beijing would not budge. Two and a half months later, the last encampment left the streets and the world wondered if the so-called Umbrella Movement had failed.

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