Earlier this month, some of the conflict that characterizes Ethiopian politics erupted in downtown Minneapolis when local protesters objected to a visit by the east African country’s ambassador. The intent of the meeting was to encourage members of the Ethiopian community to invest in a government-run dam building project on the Nile – known as the “Millennium Dam”. But local groups that accuse Prime Minister Meles Zanawi’s government of human rights abuses met the effort with an organized protest.
Ahmed Wassie is the host of KFAI’s “Voice of Ethiopia” program. He filed this report. [Audio below]