The Ethiopian government on Sunday declared a nationwide state of emergency after several months of anti-government protests.
For the first time in 25 years after the ruling party came to power in Ethiopia declared a state of emergency. The Prime Minister said through state media that measures have been taken to restore order following protests that continue across the country.
A group of protesters is the largest ethnic group in Ethiopia, who make up at least a third of the 100 million people in the country. But they have not been heard for decades, with tensions rising in the recent period, the government promoted the development of the protests.
Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn said: "the Emergency was declared after a thorough discussion of this issue in the Council of Ministers about the loss of life and damage to property occurring in the country. "We want to put an end to the damage that is currently being implemented in respect of projects in infrastructure, health centres, administrative bodies and buildings justice," he said, according to local media.
According to local media, officials in the country shut down mobile services, Internet and blocked social media in most parts of Oromia, the largest of the nine regional States of Ethiopia.
At least 52 people were killed during protests that raged in the country on 2 October during the sacred holiday known as Oromo Irreechaa. Activists in Ethiopia challenged the government's statement 52 dead. They say security forces opened fire and threw tear gas at the crowd and that more than 500 people were killed.
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