At least 500 people have reportedly died in the protests, with human rights organizations accusing security agents of using lethal force against unarmed protesters.
Ethiopia declared a state of emergency on October 9 to curb unrest in the restive regions of Oromia and Amhara, these regions with the country's largest ethnic populations have seen a wave of anti-government protests since previous year.
Ethiopia's largest ethnic group, the Oromo began protesting a year ago when the government proposed annexing some farm land to Addis Ababa as part of a drive to transform this largely agricultural nation into a regional manufacturing power, DW reported. They argued the "Addis Ababa master plan" would result in a forced eviction of Oromo farmers and would be a danger to their culture.
Businesses have been a target of protesters over suspected government links, hurting Ethiopia's reputation as one of Africa's best-performing economies.
This includes an end to an alleged crackdown by security forces on "peaceful and unarmed" demonstrators, mainly students and farmers. The region has been experiencing widespread anti-government protests since November a year ago.
Ethiopia is a key strategic ally for the United States and European countries in the fight against Somalia's Islamist insurgency, al-Shabaab, and Addis Ababa is the home of the African Union. The emergency prohibits anyone from making contact with groups that are labeled as terrorist, watch media channels like Oromia Media Network and Ethiopian Satellite Television and Radio, according to a statement issued by Siraj Fegessa, Ethiopia's minster of defense and head of the Command Post set up to oversee the state of emergency law.
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Listening to Voice of America or German Radio has also been banned. Students have been prohibited from organizing demonstrations or becoming involved in political parties that are "likely to cause disturbances, violence, hatred and distrust among the people".
The protest gesture of raised hands, crossed at the wrist, is banned.
Foreign diplomats have been barred from traveling more than 25 miles outside the capital without permission from the authorities, a move that the government says is for its "own safety".
One thousand people have been arrested this month after violence linked to protests led to the burning of factories and vehicles, the mayor of a town just outside Ethiopia's capital said Tuesday.
If you have a gun, you can not take it within 25km of the country's main roads out of Addis Ababa, and within 50km of the country's borders, even if you have a permit to carry it. It, instead, blames the chaos on "organized gangs" and outside forces (namely, Egypt and Eritrea which are involved in border conflict with the state) bent on dismantling Ethiopia in its entirety.