Fifty People Died In Clashes After The Murder Of A Singer In Ethiopia
At least 50 people were killed in the Ethiopian state of Oromia in riots that erupted after the murder of musician and political activist Haakaaluu Hundessaa, according to Reuters with reference to local authorities.
"We were not ready for such developments", - said the official representative of the state government Getachew Balcha. He added that both demonstrators and security personnel were among the dead.
Earlier, Reuters quoted the chief physician of the Central hospital in Adama (Oromia state) Mekonnena Faissa reported eight dead and 80 injured during the riots. Later, three explosions occurred in the capital of Ethiopia, Addis Ababa, but there was no data on the number of victims or other details of what happened.
On the morning of June 30, crowds of young people began to gather in the cities of Oromia state and Addis Ababa after news of the murder of 36-year-old Haakaaluu Hundessaa. Demonstrators burned tires and chanted anti-government slogans. There were riots and clashes with police in several places. In the city of Harare, a monument to the last Emperor Haile Selassie was destroyed by a crowd. In Addis Ababa and some cities in Oromia state, the Internet has been cut off, and many Ethiopian information portals remain inaccessible to users.
Haakaaluu Hundessaa, who belongs to the Oromo people - the largest in Ethiopia - became widely known after being jailed for his political activities. Later, he took part in anti-government protests that brought the country's current Prime Minister, Abiy Ahmed, to power. At the same time, his popularity as a singer grew. Chakalua of Hundessa was shot dead on Monday evening in one of the capital's neighborhoods. Police have arrested several suspects in the murder.
The singer's funeral will take place on July 2 in his hometown of Ambo.