Ethiopia defends state of emergency amid protests
Ethiopia's information minister has defended the imposition of a state of emergency saying "organised gangs have been targeting civilians".
Federal troops will be deployed across the country and protests can be banned.
It follows months of anti-government demonstrations by members of the country's two largest ethnic groups.
Violence has intensified since last Sunday when at least 55 people were killed during a protests at an Oromo religious festival.
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