Since December of 2015, bloody protests have broken out in Ethiopia. Ethiopian forces have killed over 100 Oromo protesters who were participating in anti-government demonstrations
A majority of protestors stood in opposition to recent expansion plans which would displace many Oromos
Ethiopian forces justified the killings by claiming Oromo protestors had ties to terrorist organizations and also arrested prominent Oromo intellectuals
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On January 12, the Oromo People's Democratic Organization announced that the Ethiopian government has halted expansion plans into the Oromia region
However, the announcement has not halted the exertion of force on protestors, mostly made up of university students
A source told the International Business Times, that the government deployed special forces (Liyu Police) into Oromia towns such as Bedeno and Dire Dawa, furthering the intensity of the crack down