Political Unrest
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South African students demand free education

Africa | Ongoing protests highlight the country’s continued struggle with inequality
by Onize Ohikere
Posted 10/11/16, 10:34 am

South African police yesterday clashed with student protesters demanding free education at the University of Witwatersrand. The school had just reopened for the first time in weeks following similar demonstrations.

Students at several universities across the nation have taken to the streets in recent weeks as part of the “Fees Must Fall” campaign. They argue current education costs perpetuate persisting inequality in the country because a majority of black students remain unable to pay for advanced schooling.

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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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