Ethiopia government arrests over 200 people over failed coup

At least over two hundred people in different parts of the country, have been arrested over a failed regional coup attempt over the weekend.

This was confirmed by the office of Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed said on Friday on Twitter, he said 212 suspects had been apprehended in connection with the June 22 coup bid in the region of Amhara, with 43 others held in the capital, Addis Ababa.

The investigations were “still ongoing with potential for more arrests”, it added.

The statement came amid reports that Christian Tadele, spokesman of the National Movement of Amhara (NAMA), an ethnocentric opposition party that has become increasingly popular with many Amhara people, was also arrested.

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Christian had accused authorities of engaging in mass arrests of the party’s supporters and sympathisers.

He said, “Fifty-six NAMA members have been arrested in Addis Ababa with dozens of other members and supporters arrested in other parts of Ethiopia, in an orchestrated attack not only on NAMA, but the Amhara nation as a whole.”

Ethiopians have been in shock since two separate attacks on Saturday in Amhara’s regional capital of Bahir Dar and Addis Ababa killed the region’s president, the national army chief of staff and several other senior officials.

The government referred to the attack in Bahir Dar as a coup attempt orchestrated by former General Asamnew Tsige. Asamnew was killed by security forces on Monday.

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Source: Al Jazeera News

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