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Amid blackout, western Oromia plunges deeper into chaos and confusion

14 Feb

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)

by Ermias Tasfaye /*  , February 14, 2020

 

The government is once more employing repressive tactics to try and stamp out a rebellion, but they may be having the opposite effect

 

After he was accused of being an insurgent, prisoner Gammachu Garomsa was reportedly beaten to death by Ethiopian security forces and his body thrown into the bush at Yubdo Kebele in Oromia.

The district government said he was shot dead as he attempted to escape, though a photo of him sitting with his hands tied around his back and surrounded by Oromia regional police carrying sticks found its way onto social media.

Ijara Taddese, in his mid-twenties and a father of one, said he was assaulted with sticks and wires after being taken to a detention camp in Dembi Dollo in western Oromia. “Three soldiers forced me to lie on the ground with my back and two of them stepped on my hands and the other poured water on my mouth and nose from a full jerry can that holds 20 liters.” he told Ethiopia Insight. “That almost killed me.”

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