The government has been facing protests from the two largest ethnic communities over alleged human rights abuses and other issues.

At least seven people were killed during fresh clashes between police and anti-government protesters in western Ethiopia on Saturday, local sources said, while the ethnic unrest also reached the capital Addis Ababa for the first time.

"People are totally fed up with this regime and expressing their anger everywhere".

“This was the case in all the waves of immigration [to Israel]. When there is a community that is more involved in crime – also with regard to Arabs or East Jerusalem, and the statistics are known – when a police officer meets a suspect, naturally enough his mind suspects him more than if he were someone else. That is natural.”

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Although small, Saturday's Addis rally was significant in that it was the first of its kind in the capital.

The regime in Ethiopia has a habit of using force to remove locals from their homes and sale the land to the highest bidders.

In Addis Ababa, police made dozens of arrests during the anti-government demonstration which came less than a week after thousands of people from the Amhara group joined a demonstration in the northern city of Gondar.

The Ethiopian Federal Police (EFP) was created in 1995 to serve the public, respect and ensure the observation of human and democratic rights, and maintain the safety and welfare of the public. 

Following the row over Alsheich’s comments, Israel’s police service released a statement saying it had not been his intention to offend and that he had admitted that Israel’s Ethiopian community had been “over-policed”.

Roni Alsheich, Israel’s police commissioner, made the comments in response to a question at a conference of the Israeli bar association, suggesting more widely that research worldwide showed that “young people and immigrants” were disproportionately involved in crime.

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Alsheich’s comments were also criticised by the leader of Israel’s opposition, Isaac Herzog, who called on the police commissioner to “correct and clarify his statements, because it’s intolerable that anyone understand that it’s legitimate to place Ethiopian or Arab citizens under heavier scrutiny”.

“To remove any doubt, the statements made by the police commissioner had no intention to offend Ethiopian Israelis,” the statement said.

Sources in western Ethiopia said that at least seven people were killed during the clashes in Nemekte, in the Oromo region Saturday, though no details emerged.

The plan was later dropped but protests continued, highlighting issues such as marginalisation and human rights.

Authorities have blocked access to social media, the activists' key channel for such rallying calls, since Friday.

Unconfirmed reports say several people were killed. One resident told the BBC he had seen a friend being shot in the head by security forces.

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Fentahun Assefa-Dawit, the head of Tebeka, a group that has highlighted police abuses, called for an apology and accused Alsheich of “effectively calling [Ethiopians] a criminal community, giving legitimacy and a seal of approval to the racist behaviour of the police against Ethiopian Israelis and other groups”.

Both groups, which between them make up some 80 percent of the population, complain that they suffer discrimination in favour of ethnic Tigrayans, who they say occupy the key jobs in the government and security forces.

Some 500 people gathered amid a heavy police presence on the capital's main Meskel Square shouting slogans such as "we want our freedom" and "free our political prisoners."

A report last year by the American Immigration Council found, to the contrary, that immigrants to the US were historically less likely to be involved in crime.

Within the EPF, the Special Force is tasked with the duty of keeping peace and security during riots, violence and demonstrations.

The other main ethnic group, the Amhara, has also held rallies in recent weeks.

Alsheich was immediately condemned by leading figures in Israel’s Ethiopian community as well as prominent Israeli political figures.

Overnight protests continued in the Oromia region, which surrounds Addis Ababa, with police arresting dozens of people.

In January 1992, a "Charter of National and Regional States" proclamation No. 7/1992 was issued. Under this proclamation, the national and regional states were vested with the power of establishing their own police forces.[9]

Rubel’s comments followed racist remarks aimed at her that were broadcast on the Israeli version of Big Brother.

Prime Minister Haile Mariam Dessalegn had Friday announced a ban on demonstrations which "threaten national unity" and called on police to use all means at their disposal to prevent them.

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On Saturday police arrested dozens of demonstrators during massive rallies in the capital, Addis Ababa.

Oromo activists say police have killed hundreds and arrested thousands of people from their community in recent months.

A human rights activist from Addis Ababa who don’t want to be identified told us “This is an indication of people standing up against the ruthless repressive western backed regime of Ethiopia”.

Alsheich’s claim that immigrants worldwide are overrepresented in criminal behaviour is contradicted by numerous studies suggesting that the claimed link between immigration and crime is a myth.

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Despite the ban, people took to the streets in several parts of the country for a third consecutive day on Sunday, Emmanuel Igunza reports from Addis Ababa.

After his restoration to power in 1945, the emperor promulgated the founding of the Imperial Ethiopian Police in Proclamation 4/1942.[7] This was organized under British tutelage as a centralized national force with paramilitary and constabulary units. Then in 1946 the authorities opened the Ethiopian Police College at Sendafa.[4]

“He did exactly the opposite and courageously said that there is a problem that the police are addressing,” Erdan said. “We are working with members of the community and their leaders to address the errors of the past.”

Also Saturday, local people told AFP there had been further rallies and clashes with police in the Oromo city of Ambo. There was also a call for a rally on Sunday in Baher Dar in the Amhara region.

The worst violence took place in the north-western city of Bahir Dar in the Amhara region - the homeland of the Amhara people.