At least 239 people died in violent protests that broke out in Ethiopia after the murder of a well-known Oromo singer and activist, the country’s majority ethnic group, in the capital, a police officer said on Wednesday.
Hachalu Hundessa was shot dead in Addis Ababa on June 29. His supporters have accused the security forces of his death and are of the opinion that there is “a political motive” behind the crime without having much information at the moment about the circumstances in which it occurred.
At least 229 people, including nine soldiers, died in the Oromia region during the violent protests that triggered the murder. The head of the region’s police commission, Mustefa Tadir, said the government-affiliated media company Walta Info.
In addition, eight residents and two police officers have died in the capital, Addis Ababa, since the protests began, while the police said that 3,500 people were arrested in connection with the violence.
The atmosphere in both the capital and oromy remains tense but calm, and the Internet service has been suspended for nine days to prevent protests from being organized through social networks.