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Ethiopia Bans Protest Rallies Across the Country

Regions to be accountable for unrest in their regions, including for tolerating people carrying ‘terrorist’s flag’.

The so called National Security Council of Ethiopia issued a stern warning to regional governments on Friday that they will be held accountable if they do not control the simmering protests in their respective jurisdictions.


The Ethiopian government on Friday announced a ban on protest rallies across the country, the state-owned ENA reports. The move according to the authorities is part of a national security plan aimed at consolidating peace and stability in the country.

The defense minister, Siraj Fagessa, in a press briefing after a national security council discussion said the ban was a consensus decision by the council with the aim of preventing deaths and destruction of properties across the country. Continue reading Ethiopia Bans Protest Rallies Across the Country

Ethiopia Anti-tax Protests Spread

Businesses in Ethiopia’s Oromia and SNNP region have refused to open as part of a tax-hike protest that has hit small business operators. The largely peaceful protest is now looming to the capital Addis Ababa.


According to ESAT, protests by small business owners, which began last week in Addis Ababa and parts of Oromia, have spread to towns in the Southern Nations, Nationalities and Peoples’ (SNNP) region.

The protests are against new taxes being imposed on businesses with annual turnover of up to Etb100,000 ($4,300). The revised Income Tax Proclamation, which came into effect on July 7 (the start of the fiscal year), saw tax collectors estimating the turnover of small businesses (such as roadside hairdressers and coffee vendors), with some entrepreneurs complaining that the estimates were as much as 10 times their actual daily sales figures. Continue reading Ethiopia Anti-tax Protests Spread

PM Desalegn: Egypt Supports Terrorism in Ethiopia

Ethiopia is officially accusing Egypt for arming, training and financing banned Ethiopian opposition groups.

By Middle East Monitor,

Egyptian groups are supporting banned Ethiopian opposition groups, Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn said on Wednesday..

Speaking before parliament a day before the formation of new government, Desalegn said that Addia Ababa has made “important contacts” with Cairo and demanded clarifications about the involvement of some Egyptian bodies in supporting banned opposition groups in the country.

He said that his country has formally asked the Egyptian government to stop those bodies’ hostile activities, adding that Egypt allegedly supports terrorist groups. Continue reading PM Desalegn: Egypt Supports Terrorism in Ethiopia