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Panel Says Ethiopian Forces Killed 193 in Anti-Government Protests


Investigators in Ethiopia say police killed 193 people during anti-government protests last year - a figure nearly triple the official death toll.

VOA has obtained a report from an Ethiopian government-backed inquiry team charged with determining if police used excessive force in ending the June and November 2005 protests.

The team concluded that police did use excessive force, employing means such as shooting, strangling, and beating demonstrators. It also says six police officers were killed in the protests.

There has been no public comment on the report from Ethiopian officials.

At least one member of the inquiry team, Judge Wolde-Michael Meshesha, has left Ethiopia for fear of political reprisals.

The protests followed elections won by the ruling party that opposition groups say were rigged.

The European Union and U.S.-based Carter Center expressed concerns over the vote and the post-election violence.

Some information for this report was provided by AP .

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