JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Video obtained by The Associated Press shows Ethiopian security forces beating, kicking and dragging several protesters in the capital over the weekend.
The protesters were arrested Saturday after a rare demonstration in Addis Ababa by hundreds of people calling for greater freedom in the East African nation.
The footage was provided by the Oromia Media Network, a U.S.-based opposition broadcasting outlet.
Opposition members and Amnesty International have said several dozen people were shot dead in the anti-government demonstrations across Ethiopia over the weekend.
The government blocked internet access over the weekend and blamed the protests on “foreign-backed forces.”
Ethiopia, a close security ally of the West, is often accused by rights groups of stifling dissent.