Skip to comments.Hachalu Hundessa: 'Eighty-one killed' in protests over Ethiopian singer's death
Posted on 07/01/2020 4:52:37 PM PDT by BenLurkin
The motive for Hachalu's killing remains unclear.
But police say they have arrested two people in connection with the killing.
Hachalu, 34, recently said that he had received death threats. He will be buried on Thursday.
His songs focused on the rights of the country's Oromo ethnic group and became anthems in a wave of protests that led to the downfall of the previous prime minister in 2018.
"So far 81 people have been killed, including three Oromia special police force members," Ararsa Merdasa, the Oromia police chief, said in a televised press briefing.
Many people were injured in Tuesday's protests and there was "significant destruction to property," Getachew Balcha, the spokesperson for the Oromia regional government, told the BBC.
The authorities shut down the internet on Tuesday in parts of the country as the protests against his killing spread across Oromia region - there are reports of more unrest on Wednesday.
The military was deployed in the capital, Addis Ababa, while armed gangs roamed the streets, reports the Reuters news agency.
In Adama, 90km (56 miles) south-east of Addis Ababa, five people died on Tuesday after being shot during demonstrations and 75 others were injured, hospital chief executive Dr Mekonnin Feyisa told BBC Afaan Aromo.
The musician's death and the protests come as political tensions rise following the indefinite postponement of elections due in August, on account of the coronavirus pandemic.
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OMG!!! WHAT the HELL is UP???
Oromio Lives Matter. (OLM)
Non-Oromios: No They Don’t.
I knew nothing about this event or that singer till now.
Thanks for posting. It seems some Ethiopians dare to say they want an improved way of life.
Hachalu was the singer.
Oromo is the ethnic group he belonged to.
I learned something new today.
Well, there goes Ethiopian tourism for the summer!
There’re actually things to see there.
Ethiopia is one of the few countries in Africa worth seeing. They actually have a very proud history. The ethnic & religious rivalries are too many to count however.
Protesters blocked major highway sections during rush hour today in MN over this.
its called muzzies
I would love to see it - someday.
The churches carved out of the ground, etc.
It’s a dream of mine to go see Axum.
Amazing place I imagine.
Coronavirus is now being spread by machete contact.
Yes, I have looked at some itineraries to Ethiopia, off the table now of course.
I imagine a lot of places are going to be off the table for the foreseeable future. We can always read about it I guess?
Take care Friend!
I am so paranoid now that I think it would not be beyond possibility that Egypt is behind this, due to the Great Renaissance Dam that Ethiopia is building....perhaps a way to sow discord in the country...
That was Haile Selassie of them.
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