There have been almost continuous protests in parts of Ethiopia since November 2015. The protests in Oromia region, were initially triggered by plans to extend the capital, Addis Ababa, into Oromia, but have since evolved to other demands. Protests in the Amhara region began in August 2016 against arbitrary detention, and calling for self-determination. The Ethiopian security forces have consistently used excessive, including lethal force, to disperse the protests. Over 600 protesters in Oromia, and 200 in Amhara have been killed as a result. Hundreds of political activists, human rights defenders, journalists and protesters have been arrested.
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