Africa

Ethiopia declares state of emergency

  • FILE - In this Friday, June 10, 2005 file photo, members of the Ethiopian army patrol the streets of Addis Ababa. The Ethiopian government has declared a state of emergency effective immediately following a week of anti-government violence that resulted in deaths and property damage across the country, especially in the restive Oromia region. (AP Photo/Karel Prinsloo, File)

    FILE - In this Friday, June 10, 2005 file photo, members of the Ethiopian army patrol the streets of Addis Ababa. The Ethiopian government has declared a state of emergency effective immediately following a week of anti-government violence that resulted in deaths and property damage across the country, especially in the restive Oromia region. (AP Photo/Karel Prinsloo, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this Thursday June 9, 2005 file photo, people walk along the street in in Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa. The Ethiopian government has declared a state of emergency effective immediately following a week of anti-government violence that resulted in deaths and property damage across the country, especially in the restive Oromia region. (AP Photo/Karel Prinsloo, File)

    FILE - In this Thursday June 9, 2005 file photo, people walk along the street in in Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa. The Ethiopian government has declared a state of emergency effective immediately following a week of anti-government violence that resulted in deaths and property damage across the country, especially in the restive Oromia region. (AP Photo/Karel Prinsloo, File)  (The Associated Press)

The Ethiopian government has declared a state of emergency effective immediately following a week of anti-government violence that resulted in deaths and property damage across the country, especially in the restive Oromia region.

The state Ethiopian Broadcasting Corporation announced the state of emergency Sunday morning.

It said the Council of Ministers declared the state of emergency in a message delivered to Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn.

Major towns and cities across the Oromia region are experiencing unrest and widespread violent protests after dozens died on October 2 in a stampede triggered when police fired teargas and bullets to disperse protestors at the annual Irrecha thanksgiving celebration in Bishoftu.

The state broadcaster said details of the state of emergency will be communicated to the public later Sunday.