Arrest of influential Ethiopian businessman, against the background of the protests


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A media company affiliated with the influential Ethiopian activist and businessman, Johar Mohamed, said that he was arrested on Tuesday after his guards refused to comply with police orders to disarm.

The Oromia Media Network reported that the Federal Police arrested the businessman, who had turned from one of Prime Minister Abi Ahmed’s closest allies to one of his most prominent opponents, blaming the prime minister for not protecting the interests of their Oromo nationalism.

The network also confirmed the arrest of the leader of the opposition “Oromo Federal Democratic Movement”, Bekele Gerba.

This comes against the backdrop of the wave of social unrest that rocked Ethiopia and left dead and wounded, following the killing of the Oromo folk singer, Hashalu Hondisa, on Monday evening.

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