November 30, 2011

Gondar University hit by food poisoning, protests

Filed under: Ethiopia — ethiopiantimes @ 9:28 am

Gondar University hit by food poisoning, protests

(ESAT) Gondar University has been in chaos in the last three days due to protests that was triggered by food poisoning, which has reportedly affected nearly 1000 students.

The protest rallies mainly in Tewodros and Maraki campuses changed their nature as students started raising issues related to lack of freedom in Ethiopia and rampant human rights violations. Police and students reportedly clashed when thousands of students tried to rally outside the campuses.

According to ESAT sources at the University, security forces have tried to violently crackdown on the protesters, a measure that has reportedly caused injuries and one fatality. Hundreds of Federal Police members have surrounded the university premises.

One of the largest universities in Ethiopia, Gondar University was founded in 1954 as Public Health Training College, Gondar University has currently hosts 11,000 regular and 5,000 extension students. The university runs 35 undergraduate and 8 graduate programs. (More to come)


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