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Four die in Ethiopian protest

Oct. 23, 2012 at 9:39 AM

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, Oct. 23 (UPI) -- At least four people were killed and several others injured when a demonstration by Muslims turned violent in eastern Ethiopia, police said.

The demonstrators were protesting government interference in local Muslim council elections when they attacked a police station, bikyamasr.com reported Tuesday.

Muslims in Ethiopia have accused the government of former Prime Minister Meles Zenawi of attempting to push a specific view of Islam.

Tensions reached their peak July 13 when the government raided a gathering at the Awalia Mosque in Addis Ababa and arrested 70 people, including members of the mosque's central organizing committee.

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