Ethiopia tax protest ‘hitting capital’

Protesters chant slogans during a demonstration over what they say is unfair distribution of wealth in the country at Meskel Square in Ethiopia's capital.

The protest over a hike in taxes paid by small businesses in Ethiopia has reached the capital, Addis Ababa.

The Addis Standard newspaper tweeted pictures of closed shop fronts in what it says is the normally busy commercial area of Kolfe, Atena Tera.

Over the past week, businesses in parts of the wider Oromia region, which surrounds Addis Ababa, closed their doors as part of a demonstration against the new tax which business people say they cannot afford.

The government says there has been a misunderstanding about the tax rates.

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