Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)
by The Star
Forty Ethiopians of Oromo origin were arrested in Nairobi on Sunday evening while protesting against their government.
The group was rounded up at City Park where they had gathered to denounce ongoing clashes in their country.
This was after more than 100 members of the community were dispersed during their annual cultural festival.
The Oromo community, which is the nation’s largest ethnic group, has been protesting at government plans to reallocate farmland.
Plans to allocate land surrounding the capital for development prompted fierce demonstrations in November and spread for months, in the country’s worst unrest in more than a decade.
Protests in the country on Sunday saw more than 50 people killed in a stampede in Oromiya region, triggered when police used teargas and shot in the air to disperse anti-government protesters at a religious festival.
The state broadcaster put the death toll at 52, citing regional officials. The opposition also said at least 50 people were killed at the annual festival where some people had chanted slogans against the government and waved a rebel group’s flag.
Sporadic protests have erupted in Oromiya in the last two years, initially sparked by a land row but increasingly turning more broadly against the government.
Since late 2015, scores of protesters have been killed in clashes with police.