Ethiopia is still one of the few countries around the world where the state owns the monopoly telecom operator. For that reason, shutting down the internet is always a call away for the people in authority; the situation would be much complicated if there were other private companies operating telecom businesses.
Well, following recent ethnic tension leading to the outbreak of violence in the eastern parts of the country, the authorities shut down internet access in that region. This becomes the first time Ethiopia has shut down internet during the reign of new Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed who has been praised for being a reformist.
It is reported violence broke out on Saturday in Jijiga, a town that can be described as the capital of the Somali ethnic group in Ethiopia. Apparently, some mob went around looting properties owned by ethnic minorities in the region. Security forces had to intervene in leading to the shooting of four people.
Residents of the Oromia and Harar region are now concerned that the violence could spread from Jijiga neighboring regions within eastern Ethiopia. Normally, such violence leads to revenge attacks by …read more