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ETHIOPIA SAYS 669 KILLED IN MONTHS OF VIOLENT PROTESTS (hosted.ap.org)

 Months of violent protests that sparked Ethiopia's current state of emergency left at least 669 people dead but security forces used "proportionate measures" to counter the unrest, the government-affiliated Ethiopian Human Rights Commission said Tuesday.

The protests that began in November 2015 and spread throughout the country demanding wider political freedoms posed a challenge to one of Africa's fastest-growing economies and a government accused by human rights groups of suppressing dissenting voices.

The commission's report to lawmakers largely blamed opposition groups for what it called illegal rallies in the restive Oromia and other regions. But it also said security forces were not properly prepared for a protest that turned into a deadly stampede in October and sparked the state pf emergency declaration. [...] MORE