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The protests in Dire Dawa are coordinated - Ibrahim Osman

Diredawa, a city in the eastern part of Ethiopia has been hit with protests for the past few days. The conflict that began on Monday, January 21 after the Orthodox Epiphany ceremony escalated to protesting the lack of good governance and the dire shortage of water and other infrastructures in the city and the tension has been increasing day by day. It was reported that the city was in turmoil yesterday: gunshots were heard and properties burned down. Residents blocked roads with burning tires and rocks in several subdivisions of the city and movement in the city is limited. After the protest, Mayor Ibrahim Osman asked for mediation with representatives of the community today but a representative of the community told Mereja TV that the people tried to talk with the Mayor but they could not get a hold of him, which led to further protests. On the other hand, the Mayor told Mereja TV that there is a politically motivated group who is trying to escalate the protests to create unrest in the region.