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At least 166 dead in Ethiopia after protests this week against the death of an Oromo singer-songwriter

July 5, 2020

According to police, at least 166 people were killed in protests during the week in Ethiopia following the death of singer-songwriter Hachalu Hundessa, a prominent artistic voice from the Oromo ethnic group.

Although the Oromes are the largest ethnic group in Ethiopia and East Africa and make up more than a third of Ethiopia’s 100 million citizens, successive Ethiopian governments have marginalized and discriminated against them. Its culture and identity were stigmatized and separated from national life.

The protests focused on the Oromia region, whose deputy commissioner Girma Gelam reported 156 deaths, including 11 police officers, in addition to the 10 deaths, including two others, that were recorded in Addis Ababa on Tuesday. , the capital.

At least 166 dead in Ethiopia after protests this week against the death of an Oromo singer-songwriter
At least 166 dead in Ethiopia after protests this week against the death of an Oromo singer-songwriter

Hundesa, known for his voice in the wave of protests that led Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn to resign in 2018, was shot dead by unidentified armed men on Monday.

According to official sources, an additional 2,200 people were arrested in the protests.