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Bahir Dar police claim they seized hand grenades from student protesters from Bule Hora

Ethiopia, the ethnically diverse country is being rocked by age-old ethnic tensions and ethnic violence is on the rise. These conflicts are not new, but the levels of violence being witnessed today are very disturbing. One of the places where ethnic-based violence occurs is Universities as students from different regions are assigned to join a certain campus. Students with Amhara ethnic background who were learning at Bule Hora University held a demonstration yesterday in Bahir Dar. The students left Bule Hora University and took shelter in Bahir Dar Stadium after an ethnic clash in the campus. However, yesterday’s demonstration escalated and the protesters damaged public and private properties. Bahir Dar Mayor Ato Muluken Ayehu released a statement yesterday warning the students to leave if they don’t accept the hospitality of the city. Mereja TV interviewed Ato Muluken, and he said unknown groups were behind yesterday’s violent demonstration. He also added that bullets and teargas were found in the hands of some of the students.