Ethiopia’s government has accused “foreign enemies”, social media activists and “terrorist groups” of being behind the riots which have swept through its north-western and southern regions, the state-affiliated Fana Broadcasting Corporation (FBC) reports.
Protesters were arrested for destroying property and killing the security forces and citizens during the unauthorised demonstrations in the Oromia and Amhara regions at the weekend, it quotes a government statement as saying.
Arrests were also made in the capital, Addis Ababa, the statement added.
The “destructive forces” would be brought to justice, and would not be allowed to jeopardise Ethiopia’s peace and development, FBC quotes the statement as saying.
The government has been facing protests from the two largest ethnic communities over alleged human rights abuses and other issues.