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Over 400 people have been arrested in connection with the ongoing ethnic and political unrest that has left 78 people dead.

A statement released by the office of the Prime Minister on October 31 noted that the death toll has risen to 78 from the 67 that had been released by the police over last week.

“The latest information that I have in terms of perpetrators that have been apprehended is 409 individuals,” spokeswoman Billene Seyoum told the press.

Billene said the violence is the work of elements that oppose Abiy’s reform agenda, which includes freeing political prisoners and creating a more open political environment.

She added that the protests are partly a backlash against plans...

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