Wenji Shoa Sugar Factory is a prominent factory in Ethiopia with 1700 employees under it. The factory has been expanding its agricultural areas to Wakie Tiyo, Welenchiti and North Dodota. Earlier today, employees at Dodota branch held a protest to voice their ignored demands for salary raise and additional benefits. According to sources, the situation escalated and the protesters got into a conflict with the police. There are reports of lives being lost and few people have been arrested. Mereja TV contacted the employee’s representative and the deputy director of the factory to verify the news. Unfortunately, the deputy director weren’t available for an interview. It is to be recalled that, Wonji Sugar Factory located in the town of Wonji was closed down in a politically motivated action by a previous administration. Recently, there were reports that the factory has started negotiations with the government to sell the company to a private buyer, Ethio-Sugar Manufacturing S.C. and it is going to be reopened by its employees as its shareholders.