Ethiopia’s Southern regional state yesterday disclosed the arrest of some 300 individuals in connection with participation in recent violence.
The arrest of the reported 300 suspects by the regional police is said to be part of the nationwide effort to ensure rule of law in the country as vigilante violence incidents are presently affecting various parts of the east African country, state affiliated Fana Broadcasting Corporate (FBC) quoted regional officials as saying on Wednesday.
The move by Ethiopia’s Southern regional government followed recent deadly riots, in which weeks of riots in June this year in various parts of the region had left more than 15 people dead and many others injured, according to figures from the local government.
The largest number of casualties happened in the regional state capital Hawassa city, where days of riot in June had left some 10 people dead and 89 others injured.
The riots in Hawassa city are said to have involved ethnic Sidamas, the original inhabitants of the city and the neighboring Wolaita ethnic group.
Ethiopian Prime Minister, Abiy Ahmed, on Sunday urged citizens to abide by the rule of law so as to avoid recurrent violence in the country.