Ethnic Somalis protest visit by Ethiopian official

Several hundred Somalis from the Twin Cities, St. Cloud and other communities protested a visit to Minneapolis Sunday by Abdi Mohamud Omar, president of the Ogaden region of Ethiopia, where ethnic Somalis have been fighting for more than a decade against Ethiopian rule.

Shouting and carrying signs across S. 7th Street from the Radisson City Center Hotel from noon to 6 p.m. in frigid weather, the protesters accused Omar of genocide, systematic rape and other human rights violations. One protester was arrested for disorderly conduct. Security was tight in the Radisson and throughout the City Center. The Twin Cities has one of the largest Somali populations in the United States, and Omar has supporters among Somalis as well. It could not be determined Sunday why he was in Minneapolis

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