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Ethiopia Security Forces Kill 400 Since November, Group Says

  • Officials accused of firing at crowds, large-scale detentions
  • Demonstrations erupted in Oromia region over plans for capital
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Ethiopian security forces have killed more than 400 protesters and arrested tens of thousands of people since unrest began in the nation’s Oromia region in November, Human Rights Watch said.

Authorities used “excessive and unnecessary lethal force,” mass arrests and there was mistreatment in detention, the New York-based advocacy group said Thursday in a report. Access to information was also curbed as authorities acted to quell “largely peaceful” demonstrations that were sparked by the clearing of land for an investment project, the group said. Ethiopian Communications Minister Getachew Reda didn’t answer phone calls seeking comment.