>> Allow a position and loosen your grip. Angela Merkel's message to the Ethiopian government. The German Chancellor visiting capital Addis Ababa after a national state of emergency was declared Sunday, the country reeling from a tide of violent protests. Rights groups accused the police of being heavy-handed. And say 500 people have been killed in a year of unrest.
Merkel calling for more open-politics, a free press, and for the police to use a lighter hand. Reuter's Edmond Blair is in Nairobi.>> The latest wave of protests began in 2014, when the government launched a development plan around the capital that would have change some of the boundaries.
With each day, the protests become broader, they go beyond simply demanding land rights, and they go to broader demands of political rights.>> Protesters ransacked foreign owed factories and flower farms in troubled areas around the capital last week. Accusing the government of seizing their lands and selling them off.
st month, scores were killed in a stampede at a religious festival that turned into an anti-government protest.>> In the regions of Aramia and Amhara around the capital where much of the industrialization has gone on. Many of the people say they have been neglected. People from outside are taking their jobs.
And they say it's their land that is being taken.>> Racked by famine in the 1980s, Ethiopia has since become one of Africa's leading economic lights. A lack of freedom to criticize though is increasingly a dark spot for Western powers.