Ethiopian Regime Kills at least 47 People in Ambo
|Ethiopians running away from a hail of bullets in the capital, Addis Ababa|
Ethiopian Regime Kills at least 47 people in Ambo
A resident of Ambo told the BBC she witnessed the Ethiopian army firing live ammunition towards unarmed demonstrators which resulted in the deaths of 47 people.
"I saw more than 20 bodies on the streets," she said.
"I am hiding in my house because I am scared."
The protesters came together to oppose the “Integrated Urban Development” Master Plan of Addis Ababa, a plan protesters say is intended at taking lands from Oromos near Addis Ababa and giving them to party loyalists.
The violent crackdown comes a week after the federal police reportedly killed 8-12 unarmed civilians in the Afar state after the locals demonstrated against the regime's human rights abuses.
Ambo is a key town for the Ethiopian military. According to the former US ambassador to Ethiopia, Donald Yamamoto, North Korea has an advanced military munitions factory in the town that produces rocket propelled grenades (RPGs), BM-21 (truck mounted rocket launchers), and modified AK 47 rifles.
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