Ethiopia deploys police in universities to stop ethnic violence


Federal police have been deployed to universities across Ethiopia, as the government seeks to calm ethnic tensions which have led to the death of seven students in the past three months.

Spokesman of the Ministry of Science and Higher Education, Dechassa Gurmu announced this on Wednesday.

“We have decided to deploy federal police to all 45 public universities across the country because the security situation could not be managed by campus security, some of whom were implicated in violent clashes,” the spokesman said.

He, however, did not give details about how many officers would be deployed nationwide, or for what period.

In October, 86 people were killed and 409 detained during protests against the treatment of Jawar Mohammed, a prominent activist and founder of the Oromia Media Network.

Dechassa said five campus security guards had been arrested as of Tuesday for taking part in violent clashes with students.

According to the United Nations and monitoring groups, ethnic violence forced more than 2 million people from their homes and killed hundreds in Ethiopia last year.

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