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Ethiopian factories attacked to protest economic policies

Saturday, October 08, 2016 - 01:10

Protesters attack almost a dozen factories and commerical farms, and destroy scores of vehicles in Ethiopia over economic development that has left many families homeless. Diane Hodges reports.

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An Ethiopian government website is reporting that 11 companies ranging from textile firms to a commercial flower farm were attacked by the protesters, and more than 60 vehicles were torched. The violence occurred just outside the capital, Addis Ababa. It comes just days after 55 people were killed in a stampede southeast of the capital, that began after police fired tear gas at a demonstration. It's the latest in a wave of unrest that political opponents say has claimed 450 lives since 2015. The unrest centers on the government's drive to industrialize the country. Officials say they've created tens of thousands of new jobs and built one of Africa's fastest-growing economies. But the demonstrators say the government has done that by seizing their land and giving little compensation in return. Many say they struggle to find work, even when a new factory is built on property they or their families once owned. The dispute has left the factories, many owned by foreign investors, caught between the former landowners and the government.

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Ethiopian factories attacked to protest economic policies

Saturday, October 08, 2016 - 01:10