Members of the Oromo, Ogaden and Amhara community in South Africa demonstrate against the ongoing crackdown in the restive Oromo and Amhara region of Ethiopia on Aug. 18, 2016 in Johannesburg. / AFP / GULSHAN KHAN
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The demonstrations are crushed but anger remains in Bahir Dar, capital of Ethiopia's northern Amhara region, where a fortnight ago security forces killed at least 30 protesters, according to a human rights group.Mobile internet and social networks have been blocked to prevent the predominantly young activists from the decentralised protest movement from organizing further demonstrations.Many of the young protesters are angry at a government that has been in charge for almost their whole lives and that is seen to favour the minority Tigrean community who occupy key positions in government, the security services and public companies.The government's decision to join the northern province of Welkait to the Tigray region was the immediate trigger for the Amhara protests, but they have occurred at the same time as others in the Oromo region where regular, sometimes deadly, demonstrations have happened since November over land rights.Following the protests, the authorities gave a low figure of just seven dead, while human rights group Amnesty International said 30 had been killed.
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