81 murdered in Ethiopia demonstrations over singer's death

Joanna Estrada
July 4, 2020

At least 81 people were killed in Ethiopia after a popular singer's death sparked violent protests in the country's Oromia region, a police chief said Wednesday.

Abiy, a Nobel Peace Prize laureate, said authorities are investigating Haacaaluu's killing, while law enforcement has also tried to smother the upheaval.

Protests immediately broke out in the city and the surrounding Oromia region.

Security forces were in evidence again Thursday at the nationally televised ceremony.

At least 80 people have died in the wave of unrest caused by Hachalu's killing and many more have been arrested.

Filenbar Uma, a member of the opposition Oromo Liberation Front in Ambo, described security forces shooting as "people were kept from going" to the funeral.

Al Jazeera's Catherine Soi, reporting from Nairobi, said the president stated the violence was an attempt to instigate a civil war but it has now been foiled.

"A losing mindset can not give birth to new ideas", it quoted Abiy as saying.

Three high-profile opposition leaders - including former media mogul Jawar Mohammed - have been arrested in connection with the unrest this week, though officials have provided few details about the cases against them.

He is survived by his wife and two children.

It was a federal government plan to expand the capital into Oromia that triggered the anti-government protests in 2015 that led to Abiy Ahmed's accession to power three years later.

The government's response to the protests has alarmed global observers.

Members of the Minnesota's Oromo community, an ethnic group that originates in Ethiopia, marched and demanded justice for Hundessa, who was Oromo and a prominent voice in anti-government protests as well, according to the BBC.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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