Ethiopia Arrests Dozens for Alleged Coup Plot

Ethiopian officials have arrested dozens of journalists, activists and campaigners as part of "decisive measures" against what they call extremist forces. The group of 47 people were detained for "executing a terrorist act" and allegedly attempting to overthrow the government in Amhara.

According to state media, the joint task force said the group, which consists of academics, media owners, and activists based in Amhara and other regions as well as Addis Abeba, was found to be operating covertly.

The statement indicated that the group was suspected of attempting to rally people on the basis of religion, ethnicity, and political radicalism to ensure that they should rule the country by promoting the idea that the public is currently under extreme government oppression; "They were planning to carry out a violent movement, declaring that they would liberate the populace. They were working to plunge the nation once more into crisis."


Addis Ababa (file photo).

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