First Year of the Bahir Dar Massacre Being Remembered with Stay-away Strikes



It has been one year since anti-government protesters were killed by government security forces in Bahir Dar, the capital of the Amhara regional state, Ethiopia. Over two dozen civilians were killed in daylight on August 7, 2016.

To mark the day, stay-away protests are underway in Bahir Dar. Shops and businesses have been closed. Armed soldiers are seen everywhere in the city, the sources add.

Last night, according to Diaspora based media outlets, two grenades bombs have exploded in two different places in the city centre targeting government establishments.

On social media, the #AmharaProtest and #BahirDarMassacre hashtags are trending.

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Sources from the neighbouring towns and municipalities near Bahir Dar are also indicating that the shops and businesses as well as transports have joined the general strike.

More to follow…