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Elite soldiers protest over pay at Ethiopia PM's office

Photos circulating on social media showed Abiy doing pushups with the smiling troops (AFP Photo/Michael Tewelde)Addis Ababa (AFP) - Dozens of Ethiopian soldiers marched on the prime minister's office to demand better pay, triggering an internet blackout in Addis Ababa that was lifted Thursday. In an unusual break with discipline, a group of "disgruntled" elite soldiers, who had been sent to quell bloody ethnic clashes on the capital's outskirts, marched on Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed's office Wednesday to protest low salaries, state-run Ethiopia News Agency (ENA) reported. The internet was shut down across Addis Ababa for hours after the troops, who appeared unarmed, arrived at Abiy's compound close to parliament in the city centre. Picked as prime minister by the ruling Ethiopian People's Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF), Abiy has pursued aggressive reforms since taking office. The elite, red beret-wearing troops were deployed in southern Ethiopia in August following clashes between the largest ethnicity, the Oromos, and the Gedeo ethnic minority, which have displaced nearly one million people.

Source: Ethiopian News October 11, 2018 11:13 UTC