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More than 20 people died suppressing protests for Volayta autonomy in southern Ethiopia

August 12, 2020

At least 21 people have died in recent days as a result of the suppression of various demonstrations in the Wolayta majority area in Ethiopia in the south of the country, the opposition Wolayta People’s Democratic Front (WPDF) has confirmed.

The party has called for the release of officials, religious leaders, opponents and activists arrested during the clashes and the accountability of those responsible for the deaths of protesters.

A resident of the city of Sodo, who is quoted by the Ethiopian newspaper “Addis Standard”, has pointed out that the army, besides the city of Sodo itself, has suppressed protests in Bodti and Areka, while among the victims there is at least one boy.

More than 20 people died suppressing protests for Volayta autonomy in southern EthiopiaMore than 20 people died suppressing protests for Volayta autonomy in southern Ethiopia

The protests broke out after the arrest of 26 leaders and activists from the Volayta community who demanded that the central government become a new independent state, as the Sidama region did last year.

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