Drivetime, 27 Jun The ‘Ethiopia rising’ narrative and the Oromo protests

A new report published by Human Rights Watch on the Oromo protests depicts a disturbing picture of a government that thrives on systematic repression and official violence. The report, which puts the death toll from the seven-month-long protest at more than 400, exposes the “Ethiopia rising” narrative for what it is: a political Ponzi scheme. Underneath the selective highlighting of Ethiopia’s story of renaissance and transformation lies a Janus-faced reality in which the triumph of some has meant the utter submission of others. Guest: Awol K. Allo Position: Fellow in Human Rights at the London School of Economics and Political Science