At least, sixty-seven people have lost their lives in violence in Oromia State, Ethiopia.
However, the violence, which began with a protest against Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed quickly, moved into ethnic clashes.
Moreover, the protest spiked up to violence when the high-profile activist, Jawar Mohammed accused Abiy of acting like a dictator.
Therefore, he also accused the security forces of trying to orchestrate an attack against him.
In brief, he suggested that he might challenge him in elections planned for next year.
Meanwhile, the regional police chief, Kefyalew said, the total number of death in Oromia is sixty-seven.
In addition, fifty-five of them died because of the conflict while the police officers killed the rest of the victims.
Although, five of the dead were police officers.
Amnesty International accused Abiy of several waves of mass arrests of people in Oromia perceived to be opposed to the government.
Jawar Mohammed said Abiy’s supporters have also stopped believing in his promises of reform.
Likewise, Jawar said, Abiy seemed to be taking Ethiopia back to the old ways of authoritarian rule.
“He has resorted to the early signs of the dictatorship of trying to intimidate people, even his very close allies who helped him come to power, who happen to disagree with some of the policies and positions and ideologies he’s advocating”. Said Jawar.
Jawar is credited with promoting protests that swept Abiy to power last year but he has recently become critical of some of the premier’s policies.
Note that Abiy was named Nobel Peace laureate two weeks ago for maintaining peace and order in Ethiopia.