Ethiopian government blames foreign groups for violence

October 10, 2016 6:30 pm

This photo taken on Oct. 2, 2016 in Bishoftu shows Ethiopian soldiers looking on as protesters take part in an anti-government demo. (By AP)

The Ethiopian government has accused elements based in other countries of stoking violence in .
Government spokesman Getachew Reda told reporters on Monday that elements causing the recent violence in the country were being armed, trained and funded by groups in Eritrea, Egypt and other states.
The Ethiopian government on Sunday declared a nationwide state of emergency following days of riots and protests.
Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn has denounced the violence, saying the unrest “put the integrity of the nation at risk.”
However, government spokesman Getachew Reda, said, “We have to be very careful not to necessarily blame one government or another. There are all kinds of elements in the Egyptian political establishment which may or may not necessarily be directly linked with the Egyptian government.”
Egypt has dismissed previous accusations of meddling in Ethiopian affairs.
Eritrea routinely dismisses charges that it wants to destabilize Ethiopia, and instead accuses Addis Ababa of stoking unrest on its own soil.
Rights groups say more than 500 people have died in clashes with police and other confrontations in Ethiopia in the recent past.
The violence has also damaged around a dozen factories as well as equipment mostly belonging to foreign firms, accused by protesters of purchasing leases for seized land.
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