Ethiopia mired in bloody unrest; still unsure how to move out of it

2 Jul

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)

ADDIS ABABA (AP) – More than 80 people have been killed in protests in Ethiopia’s Oromiya region during protests following the killing of a popular singer, a regional police commissioner told the state-run Ethiopian Broadcasting Corporation on Wednesday.

The dead included 78 civilians and three members of the security forces, said Commissioner Bedassa Merdassa.

The number does not include any deaths in the capital Addis Ababa, where one policeman has been killed and an unspecified number of people were killed in three blasts on Tuesday. The singer was shot dead on Monday night.



ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — Ethiopia’s prime minister says “several people” have been killed in unrest that followed the killing of a popular singer this week.

Angry protests were reported Tuesday in the capital, Addis Ababa, after Hachalu Hundessa was shot dead on Monday. He had been a prominent voice in anti-government protests that led to a change in leadership in 2018, with Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed taking office.

The killing was a “tragedy,” Abiy said Tuesday, vowing that the perpetrators would be brought to justice and declaring that “our enemies will not succeed.”Dawit Endeshaw


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Funeral begins for Ethiopian singer whose killing sparked deadly protests

ADDIS ABABA, July 2 (Reuters) – Security was high in Ethiopia’s Ambo town on Thursday for the funeral of singer Haacaaluu Hundeessaa, whose killing earlier this week sparked two days of protests that killed more than 80 people.

A farewell ceremony began with well-wishers laying wreaths in Ambo stadium.

“Haacaaluu is not dead. He will remain in my heart and the hears of millions of Oromo people forever,” said Santu Demisew Diro, his wife. “I request a monument erected in his memory in Addis where his blood was spilt.”

A live broadcast showed that the numbers of people in the stadium were sparse. Police were turning people away from the stadium, said one Ambo resident who tried to attend but met crowds of people who had been told to return home. Members of the military, federal police and regional police were out in force, he said.

“It is very sad that his body is accompanied by only a few people and security forces are keeping many others away,” one of Haacaaluu’s relatives, who had been allowed to attend the funeral, told Reuters.



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