Mass protests,uprisings hit Southern Ethiopia

March 9th, 2011 | by addis portal |

11 civilians killed so far

By Ankober Zuta,

9-03-2011

In a similar manner and scale to the Northern African revolutionary protests , a mass protest and civil disobidence has swept the Southern Ethiopian towns of Gamu Gofa and its vicinities. As a result of the skirmish,eleven unarmed civilians have been killed by security personnel. The towns are surrounded by police and Defense Forces.

Public service has also stopped functioning. The cause of the protest is reported to be economic, ethnic and political repression, Ethiopian Satelite Television, ESAT reported.

Gamu-Gofa was a province in the southern part of Ethiopia, named after two of the ethnic groups living within its boundaries, the Gamo and the Goffa. This province is bordered on the west and north by Kaffa, on the north and east by Sidamo, on the southeast by Lake Chew Bahir, and on the south by Kenya and Lake Turkana.

Gamu-Gofa province came into existence as a result of Proclamation 1943/1, which created 12 taklai ghizats from the existing 42 provinces of varying sizes. With the adoption of the new constitution in 1995, Gamu-Gofa was reorganized into the Semien Omo and Debub Omo Zones of the Southern Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples Region of Ethiopia.

Based on the 2007 Census conducted by the Central Statistical Agency of Ethiopia (CSA), this Zone has a total population of 1,593,104, of whom 793,322 are men and 799,782 women; with an area of 11,010.99 square kilometers, Gamo Gofa has a population density of 144.68.

The continental spread of these protests is likely to spread within other regions of the country.

Source: CNN

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