[ View the story "Protests in Ethiopia take violent turn" on Storify] Protests in Ethiopia take violent turn Oromo activists demonstrate against Addis Ababa expansion plan.
The Stream· Fri, May 02 2014 10:43:22
The demonstrating students said "the master plan is a master killer" "stop killing our brothers and students elsewhere" #oromostudentsSimon Alebachew
The student #OromoProtests are opposing the unconstitutionality of 'Addis master plan'. #FreeOromoStudents #FreeZone9BloggersAbdi Lemessa
students are never an enemy #OromoProtests #FreeOromoStudents no to addis expansion, no to corrupt official.
Considered as one of 'stable' countries in Africa, #OromoProtest proved it wrong. Silence of the people never been counted as stability.Nemera Mamo
#OromoProtests is nonviolently challenging the Addis Ababa Master Plan-photo from the #Oromo Students in Burayu today
Many online condemned the violence:
Peaceful or not the response of the govt to #OromoProtests is -Violence. What happened at the #AAU last night is shameful. #Oromo #EthiopiaHallelujah Lulie
#Oromo student injured by gov't military force during peaceful protest. Wollega #OromoProtests #FreeOromoStudents
#Oromo student injured by #Ethiopian gov't military in Wollega university. #OromoProtests #FreeOromoStudents
#Ethiopia I can't even comprehend what happened in the past few days.
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What crime is in protesting peacefully against a city's 'master plan'? Is that not how a responsible citizen...
The Government Communications Affairs office released a statement
, "Following the investigation thus far, it was possible to verify that few anti-peace forces incited and co-ordinated the violence."
However, many responded saying the protests have been nothing more than peaceful.
Students at #OromoProtests are unarmed and peaceful. STOP spreading the idea that what they are involved in is a violent actDiasporic Life
Grateful to see the warm solidarity from so many #Ethiopia-ns toward #OromoProtests, backing constitutional rights of #Oromo compatriots.Abdi Lemessa
Thank u for voicing your concerns in such a civilized way! Hope zs will be z trend in ol universities #oromostudents
Others online raised concerns over inter-ethnic tensions.
Leaders of the #oromoprotest should be prudent & careful that the peaceful demo don't evolve into an inter-ethnic tension#Oromo #EthiopiaHallelujah Lulie
I want to know EPRDF's game plan...why are they pushing the country into the brink of a full blown conflict? #OromoProtestsAmanuel Tesfaye
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