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Ethiopia Releases 360 People Held During Post-Election Crackdown


Ethiopian authorities have released 360 people held during a government crackdown on election-related protests.

That announcement was made Thursday in a police statement aired on a government-run broadcast.

The opposition says more than 3,000 people were arrested during last week's protests that turned deadly when police opened fire on students, killing at least 36 people.

Those demonstrations - banned by the government - erupted after electoral officials said preliminary results showed the ruling party had won parliamentary polls held on May 15.

But opposition groups have also claimed victory, while at the same time, saying the elections were marred by fraud.

Final results are due July 8.

On Wednesday, Britain suspended $35 million in aid for Ethiopia as a result of the violence.

Some information for this report provided by AFP and Reuters.

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