Dec. 29 (Bloomberg) — Seven farmers from northern Ethiopia were jailed last week after agreeing to testify to human rights groups that they were denied international food aid by the government for political reasons, two opposition leaders said. The farmers, six of whom are members of the Arena party, were detained on Dec. 23 after they came to the capital, Addis Ababa, to give evidence, said Gebru Asrat, the leader of Arena. They were released on Dec. 27.The move is part of what the opposition says is a campaign by Prime Minister Meles Zenawi’s ruling Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front to use food aid to intimidate the population ahead of national elections scheduled for May. The government denied the allegations, saying the seven men were merely sent back to their homes and not arrested.
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