No fatalities reported in Ethiopia grenade attack

24 June, 2018, 11:05 | Author: Genevieve Gibbs
  • File A blast was heard at a rally of Ethiopia's new Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed in Addis Ababa on Saturday

He called the blast "an unsuccessful attempt by forces who do not want to see Ethiopia united." .

Ethiopia was rocked by mass anti-government protests in 2015, which first broke out in the populous Oromia region, home to the Oromo, after the unveiling of plans for a controversial development project in Addis Ababa. "We ask the prime minister to now amend laws that restrict free speech and to end a system of surveillance that has always been used to intimidate journalists". "Some whose heart is filled with hate attempted a grenade attack", Abiy's chief of staff, Fitsum Arega, said on Twitter, adding: "The perpetrators will be brought to justice". "You weren't successful in the past and you won't be successful in the future".

The sources cited Ahmed Shede, Government Communication Minister, as saying that investigation is going on the police authorities who are in custody and the result will be announced to the public.

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"The incident is going to unite the people more and put the hardliners who want to obstruct his changes in a more hard position". Killing others is a defeat.

Abiy Ahmed became prime minister after his predecessor resigned in February.

Ethiopians react after an explosion during a rally in support of the new Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia June 23, 2018.

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Rally organizer Seyoum Teshome told The Washington Post he saw the attack unfold and the prime minister was saved by one of the demonstration's participants.

Thousands of people in Meskel Square rushed the stage as Abiy made a hasty getaway.

Ethiopia has been accused of blocking foreign-based TV and radio broadcasts, websites and blogposts from being accessed in the country for many years by different human rights and press freedom groups.

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The rally was in part to express popular support for the prime minister's reforms, such as peace overtures to its once bitter enemy Eritrea, including promises to give up territory now held by Ethiopia. The U.S. Embassy on Saturday said "violence has no place as Ethiopia pursues meaningful political and economic reforms". Of the more than 150 people who sustained injuries, eight remain in critical condition as of Saturday night local time, according to the country's minister of health.

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