Thursday, July 29, 2021

Eighty-one killed in protests over Ethiopian singer’s death



At least 81 people have been killed in Ethiopia after the death of a popular singer sparked huge protests in the Oromia region

Thousands of fans had gathered to mourn Hachalu Hundessa, who was shot dead on Monday night while driving.

Police say 35 people, including prominent politician Jawar Mohammed, have been arrested.

The motive for Hachalu’s killing remains unclear but the police says it has arrested two people in connection with the killing.

Hachalu, 34 who recently said he had received death threats will be buried today

His songs focused on the rights of the country’s Oromo ethnic group and became anthems in a wave of protests that led to the downfall of the immediate past Prime Minister in 2018.