Protests in Ethiopia, in which Government forces have been repeatedly accused of excessive violence and other abuses, led to the targeting of seven internationally-owned flower farms. For more on these protest, please click here.

From Reuters

Foreign-owned flower farms attacked in Ethiopia unrest -growers

“Around seven flower farms have been affected – some burnt to the ground, others partially vandalised during attacks that took place Monday to Wednesday,” the Ethiopian Horticultural Producers and Exporters Association said in a statement emailed to Reuters. No injuries have been reported from the attacks.

The list of firms included Esmeralda Farms BV of the Netherlands, Italian owned-Alfano Fiori, Indian firm Fontana Flowers PLC, and others operated and owned by investors from Israel, Belgium and the Middle East, it added.

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From Al Jazeera

‘Foreign firms attacked’ as Ethiopia protests continue

The Dutch company said crowds of people in the Oromia and Amhara regions torched flower farms as they targeted businesses with perceived links to the government. Flowers are one of the country’s top exports.

The Esmeralda Farms statement came after weeks of escalating protests that started among the Oromo, Ethiopia’s biggest ethnic group, and later spread to the Amhara, the second most populous group. 

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