Mass Grave in Ethiopia Contained 200 Protesters, Police Say

  • Victims had opposed regional government since 2012: police

  • Discovery is the latest bombshell in gas-rich Somali region

By Nizar Manek, 22 November 2018
(Bloomberg) --
Ethiopian police said a mass grave uncovered this month contained 200 people who’d protested against the Somali regional government over the past six years, as the Horn of Africa nation grapples with a historic political opening.
Police said Nov. 8 they were starting a court-ordered investigation into the grave found between the borders of the country’s troubled Oromia and Somali states. They presented their findings Thursday ahead of a trial for the Somali region’s ex-president, Abdi Mohamoud Omar, who’s accused of involvement in human-rights abuses, according to Fana Broadcasting Corp., which is funded by Ethiopia’s ruling party.
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