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Streets Deserted in Ethiopian Capital After Three Days of Deadly Protests


The streets in the Ethiopian city of Addis Ababa are deserted Thursday, as troops patrol the capital one day after security forces fired into groups of protesters, killing at least 26 people.

For a second day, shops remained closed and taxi drivers continued their strike in support of protesters who accuse the government of rigging last month's parliamentary elections.

Ethiopian authorities say troops were enforcing a one-month ban on demonstrations, and they have warned against further protests.

Several opposition politicians were arrested following the violence, prompting criticism from European Union election observers. The United States and the United Nations have urged both sides to resolve their differences through political dialogue.

Hundreds of students were arrested during protests against initial election results that showed a majority for the ruling party. Both sides have declared victory.

Some information for this report provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.

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