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Normalcy returns to Ethiopia’s Amhara region after deadly protests

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Isaac Kaledzi
Isaac Kaledzi
Isaac Kaledzi is an experienced and award winning journalist from Ghana. He has worked for several media brands both in Ghana and on the International scene. Isaac Kaledzi is currently serving as an African Correspondent for DW.

Calm has now returned to most areas of the Ethiopian region of Amhara where deadly protests have been taking place for the past six days.

Businesses have reopened and traffic was back in urban centres on Wednesday after tensed Tuesday which saw protests escalating into violence.

At least five people have died in the demonstrations sparked by plans to dissolve the special forces in the region and integrate them into the federal forces.

The government said the plan would unify the country’s defence forces but protesters say it would leave the region vulnerable to attacks from other regions.

Amhara’s forces fought with the federal forces against the Tigrayans during the conflict that killed thousands, displaced millions and destroyed infrastructure.

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Curfew was placed on some of the towns that witnessed protests to help prevent the agitations from escalating further.

Amhara is the second biggest of Ethiopia’s 11 regions.

The unrest has presented a fresh security challenge to Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s government, as it currently implement a peace deal signed to end the conflict in Tigray.

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