Ethiopia regime caught between will to survive and call for change

After anti-government protests erupted two years ago, Ethiopia’s government adopted its traditional approach to dealing with dissent: hundreds of people were killed in clashes with security forces, tens of thousands were detained and a state of emergency was imposed.

But the unrest continued to fester and has escalated in the five months since emergency rule was lifted, once more threatening the stability of the nation and the prospects of one of Africa’s best-performing economies.

Now the rattled government is trying a different tactic — making conciliatory gestures to those who oppose its autocratic rule.

 

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