Renewed protests in Ethiopia’s northern city of Gondar

Posted at 15:42

Anti-government demonstrations have broken out for a second time within in a week in Ethiopia’s northern city of Gondar.

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A resident of the city has told the BBC’s Emmanuel Igunza in Addis Ababa that there are chaotic scenes as hundreds of people took to the streets.

Images circulating on social media also show a lot of people demonstrating – but these have not been verified.

The protests started this morning from the city’s court and then demonstrators reportedly clashed with police

Earlier today, Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn described last Saturday’s demonstration as “unauthorised” (see earlier post).

At the root of the protests is a request by representatives from the Welkait community – known as the Welkait Amhara Identity Committee – that their land, which is currently administered by the Tigray regional state, be moved into neighbouring Amhara region.

But wider grievances have also been raised.

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