Protesters in eastern Ethiopia burn copies of a new book by prime minister and Nobel Peace Prize winner Abiy Ahmed

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Protesters in eastern Ethiopia have burnt copies of a new book by prime minister and Nobel Peace Prize winner Abiy Ahmed in a show of solidarity with an opposition media activist.

Jawar Mohammed had said the government was removing security from his home in the capital, Addis Ababa.

This triggered protests outside his compound and elsewhere in the country.

Despite being praised for his reforms, the prime minister has struggled to contain growing ethnic rivalries.

The police have denied that security was withdrawn, but Mr Jawar’s statement fuelled some frustrations with the government.

In Addis Ababa, supporters offered to act as Mr Jawar’s security detail and protesters were heard shouting: “Down, down, Abiy.” The book burning took place in the town of Dadar.