Ethiopia court bans breakaway clergy from entering churches

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court in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, has placed an injunction order against breakaway clergy – banning them from entering churches after the main Christian Orthodox Church filed a petition.

The restrictions also include more than 20 bishops appointed by the splinter clergy, the federal police and local police in Oromia region, where clashes have been reported.

Meanwhile the government-affiliated rights watchdog Ethiopian Human Rights Commission (EHRC) accused security forces of using excessive force against followers of the main Church.

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The commission said on Friday eight people were killed in Shashemene town in Oromia, but warned the number could increase as its investigations continue.

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