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AFP
July 2, 2020

81 killed in violence after death of Ethiopian singer

World

AFP
July 2, 2020

ADDIS ABABA: Two days of protests have left at least 81 people dead in Ethiopia, a police chief said Wednesday, after the murder of a popular singer from the country´s largest ethnic group stoked tensions that threaten to derail the country´s democratic transition.

Hachalu Hundessa, whose political songs gave voice to the Oromo´s longstanding sense of marginalisation, was shot dead on Monday night. Angry protests broke out in Addis Ababa and the region of Oromia which surrounds it, the heartland of the Oromo people who have long complained of oppression at the hands of smaller ethnic groups in the diverse country of 100 million people. “So far 81 people have been killed, including three Oromia special police force members,” Ararsa Merdasa, the Oromia police chief, said on Wednesday in a televised press briefing. On Wednesday the worst violence took place in Hachalu´s hometown of Ambo, west of Addis Ababa.