Addis Ababa — A state of emergency declared in Ethiopia is likely to exacerbate tensions and plunge the country into a greater crisis, rights groups warned.
Government has announced a six-month state of emergency after protestors destroyed public and private properties.
Over the past year, security forces have killed hundreds of protesters and detained tens of thousands in some regions beset by protests over government policies.
"Ethiopia's state of emergency bans nearly all speech that the government disagrees with anywhere in the country for at least six months," said Felix Horne, senior Africa researcher at Human Rights Watch.
He said the state of emergency hands the army new sweeping powers to crack down on demonstrators, limiting space for peaceful dissent.
The army can be deployed country-wide for at least six months......See More
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