News ID: 271099
Published: 0304 GMT July 05, 2020

At least 165 killed in Ethiopia weeklong protests over musician’s killing

At least 165 killed in Ethiopia weeklong protests over musician’s killing
Demonstrators march down University Avenue during a protest after the killing of musician and activist Hachalu Hundessa, in St. Paul, Minnesota, the US, on July 1, 2020.

Police in Ethiopia said at least 166 people have lost their lives in violent protests that have rocked the Horn of Africa country over the past week.

The unrest was triggered by the murder of popular musician and activist Hachalu Hundessa, a member of the Oromo ethnic group, last Monday and spread from the capital, Addis Ababa, to the surrounding Oromiya region, Press TV reported.

Hundessa was fatally shot by unknown attackers in the Ethiopian capital. His death fueled ethnic tensions in the country.

“In the aftermath of Hachalu’s death, 145 civilians and 11 security forces have lost their lives in the unrest in the region,” Girma Gelam, the deputy police commissioner of Oromiya region, said in a statement, adding that another 10 were known to have died in Addis Ababa.

Girma also said a further 167 people had sustained serious injuries and that 1,084 people had been taken into custody during the protests.

Ethiopian officials have linked the deaths to a combination of lethal force used by the country’s security forces as well as interethnic violence.

The military was deployed in the Ethiopian capital on Wednesday as armed gangs with machetes and sticks roamed the streets in the region and gunshots echoed through many neighborhoods.

Hundessa’s music gave voice to Oromos’ widespread sense of economic and political marginalization during three years of antigovernment protests that culminated in the resignation of the previous prime minister and swept Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed to power in 2018.




Resource: Press TV
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