New region declared in Ethiopia

MICHAEL TEWELDE / AFP

Protesters have taken to the streets in Ethiopia to declare a new region.

They blocked roads and burned tires as security forces put an end to a meeting of activists in the city of Hawassa.

Thousands had gathered on Thursday to pronounce a new region for their Sidama ethnic group.

The country's Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has promised that his regime will implement peaceful political reforms.

However demands from competing ethno-nationalist groups have been on the rise.

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