The opposition leaders say they were protesting
against vote-rigging
Thirty-five of Ethiopia's opposition leaders have been sentenced to life in jail accused of inciting violence during the country's elections two years ago.

They claim the demonstrations were in protest at vote-rigging, and are backed by human rights groups who say the convictions are a major blow to freedom.

Is Meles Zenawi, the Ethiopian prime minister who enjoys considerable support from the West, trying to stifle political opposition?

Or are these the teething troubles of a fledgling democracy?

Inside Story examines the details.

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