Fear stalks Ethiopia’s Oromia region after brutal crackdown

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Fear stalks Ethiopia’s Oromia region after brutal crackdown

Fear is so pervasive in Ethiopia’s largest region Oromia, where the government is accused of killing scores in a crackdown, that people don’t even like to give their names.

Oromia, which surrounds the capital Addis Ababa, is dotted with machine-gun mounted vehicles and Ethiopian soldiers who locals say have disrupted daily life with incessant checks, harassment and intimidation.

“If you go out in the evening, the police will arrest you, check your papers and your phones. If you have music or photos linked to the protests, you’re in serious trouble,” a young man in his twenties said in Ginchi, about 80 kilometres (50 miles) from Addis Ababa.

Ethiopians from the Oromo group block a road  after protesters were shot dead by security forces in Wolenkomi, west of Addis Ababa

Ethiopians from the Oromo group block a road after protesters were shot dead by security forces in Wolenkomi, west…

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