Protesters In Ethiopia Destroy 11 Companies In Oromiya Region

In Ethiopia, protesters damaged almost a dozen mostly foreign-owned factories and flower farms this week. The flare-up followed the death of at least 55 people in a stampede, when police fired tear gas and shot into the air to disperse demonstrators in the Oromiya region. Demonstrators accuse the state of seizing their land and offering little compensation, before selling it on to companies. Foreign investors are feeling the heat from protesters, not because they are foreigners but because they are among the biggest purchasers of the new land leases from the state. In Ethiopia all land still belongs to the state and owners are only deemed leaseholders.
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