2015 Ethiopia uprising

The 2015 Ethiopian uprising was mass protests and riots as a wave of unprecedented protests that swept Ethiopia after the Addis Ababa Master Plan was announced on 12 November.[1]


After years of drought, conflict, wars and marginalisation among communities, the community of Oromo and Amhara came out onto the streets demonstrating the government’s proposals. Demands quickly grew and protests spiralled out of control from peaceful, sustained opposition anti-government rallies to violent riots.


Mass protests rocked Oromia and Amhara regions while riot police, the military and security forces was deployed to disperse and crush the protests. Protesters called on the resignation on prime minister Hailemariam Desalegn. Rallies, bitter clashes and marches was taking place nationwide amid growing opposition and increasingly violent street demonstrations and battles against the military, who fired live ammunition and rubber bullets to disperse protesters.[2]

Poor living standards and marginalisation of Oromo people in the country sparked ethnic tensions and sour clashes between groups. 140 protesters have been killed in the popular uprising which ultimately led to the 2015–16 Oromo protests.[3]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Ethiopia: Lethal Force Against Protesters". Human Rights Watch. December 18, 2015.
  2. ^ "Oromo People protest for against the expansion of the capital, 2015-2016". Global nonviolent action database. 22 March 2017.
  3. ^ "Violent clashes in Ethiopia over 'master plan' to expand Addis". The Guardian. 11 December 2015.