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Thousands of Ethiopians Hold Rare Anti-Government March

Thousands of Ethiopians held a rare anti-government protest march Sunday, demanding that authorities free political prisoners.

About 10,000 people demonstrated in Addis Ababa. It was the first government-approved march since police opened fire at a 2005 protest against a disputed election. Hundreds were killed in that protest.

On sunday, marchers demanded that the government free political prisoners, including journalists and opposition members.

Human rights groups are critical of Ethiopia's tough anti-terrorism law, which makes it a crime to print information that authorities believe induces terrorism. The groups say officials use the law as an excuse to jail opposition leaders.

The government denies holding political prisoners.

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