The Inter Religious Council of Ethiopia called on Wednesday for calm in Ethiopia’s universities that have been rocked by unrest in recent months.

In a joint statement, religious leaders said they’re worried about disturbances in several universities and sports facilities.

In recent months, football games have seen clashes, sometimes deadly, between fans of opposing teams often having ethnic overtones.

A clash between Woldiya city FC from Amhara regional state and visiting Mekelle city FC based in Tigray regional state on December 3 left two people dead and several others injured.

Amhara regional state police subsequently said 18 football fans have been arrested on suspicion of involvement in the violence.

Clashes between students on Dec. 10-11 at various universities left four students dead and several others injured.

In recent years, Ethiopia’s higher education institutions have become scenes of violence between students over ethnic and religious differences. Enditem

Source: Xinhua/NewsGhana.com.gh

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