Oromo Protests in Ethiopia

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The ongoing Oromo Protests in Oromia began on Nov. 12, 2015 when students in Ginchi town took to the streets to oppose a “master plan,” introduced by the EPRDF led government, which aims to expand its administrative control over Oromia. Since then, the demands of the protesters have expanded to include calls for self-rule, more equitable development, and respect for the country’s ethnic-based federalist system. Security forces have fired live ammunition at protesters in order to suppress the popular uprising and killed more than 80 people in the past four weeks.