Four dead as protests erupt over killing of Ethiopian singer

Hachalu Hundessa

Dr. Mekonnen Feyisa, Medical Director of Adama Hospital, told BBC Amharic that five people have died of bullet injuries, 75 people from the city were also injured and a further 19 injured people were brought in from Dhera, some 25 km further south of Adama.

The unrest spotlights growing divisions in Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed's Oromo powerbase as powerful ethnic activists that were formerly allies increasingly challenge his government.

"The authorities should immediately lift the countrywide blanket internet shutdown and allow people to access information and to freely mourn the musician", Jackson said. He said automatic weapons and walkie-talkies carried by the bodyguards of Jawar have also been seized.

Police said the circumstances of his death are under investigation, and a few suspects have been nabbed.

The Oromo Media Network in the afternoon reported the arrest of prominent Oromo opposition politician Jawar Mohammed, who has criticised some of Abiy's policies.

"They did not just kill Hachalu".

"They killed him because of the death of the artist".

Hundesssa's ballads such as "Maalan Jira" ("What existence is mine") and "Jirraa" ("We are here"), he expressed the struggle and frustrations of Oromo protesters but equally their hopes for a brighter future.

While the coffin was on its way from St. Paul's Hospital in Addis Ababa to Ambo town upon family's request, the group stopped it at Burayu and brought it to Addis Ababa, the commissioner said. Most had been shot but some had been beaten or stabbed.

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Footage on social media showed large crowds surrounding a auto said to carry Haacaaluu's body, slowly walking to his home town of Ambo, about 100 km west of Addis Ababa. AS can not verify the authenticity of the pictures as of yet.

Other pictures appeared to show demonstrators pulling down and beheading a statue of former emperor Haile Selassie's father in the Oromo city of Harar.

NetBlocks, an organization that tracks global internet shutdowns, said the shutdown began around 9:00 a.m. local time and that it was the most severe for the past year.

With his political lyrics, he was seen as a voice of the Oromo people during years of anti-government protests that swept Abiy to power in 2018. Abiy's ascent to power in 2018 ended decades of dominance by ethnic Tigray leaders.

What were the Oromo protests about?

While Abiy's rule has ushered in greater political and economic freedoms, it has also led to an increase in unrest in a country made up of more than 80 ethnic groups.

Im na symbol for Ethiopia largest ethnic Oromo pipo wey don dey para say regime after regime for di kontri no dey treat dem well.

The coronavirus pandemic has forced officials to postpone the August elections until sometime next year.

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