Ethiopia Releases 32 Opposition Members Held for Two Years – VOA

August 20th, 2007 Print Print Email Email

Ethiopia Saturday released 32 supporters of the political opposition who had been detained since post-election violence in 2005. (more…)

Ethiopia Saturday released 32 supporters of the political opposition who had been detained since post-election violence in 2005.

Their release comes after Ethiopia pardoned another 38 opposition members last month. That group had received life sentences in court the week before their pardons.

None of the 32 freed Saturday had been charged in court with any crimes.

All had been rounded up after protests over the 2005 elections turned violent.

The opposition made its largest gains ever in those elections.

Opposition groups claimed the elections were rigged to keep Prime Minister Meles Zenawi in power. Ethiopian security forces killed at least 193 people while stopping the protests.

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