Protestors blocked the main road connecting landlocked Ethiopia with neighboring Djibouti, state media outlet Ethiopia Broadcasting Corporate (EBC) reported on Monday, Jan. 14.
The ongoing road blockade that started on Sunday has disrupted Ethiopia’s export-import trade as well as fuel imports through ports in Djibouti, reported EBC.
The protesters who come from the ethnic Afar community are demanding an end to land encroachment and violent attacks from ethnic Somalis who live not far from the affected area.
Social media postings show the road blockade has also affected the activities of the 756 km Ethiopia-Djibouti electrified rail line, putting further pressure on Ethiopia’s economy.
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