World Hachalu Hundessa: Slain Ethiopian activist and singer buried as 81 killed in mass protests
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At least 81 people are dead in Ethiopia in massive protests that erupted after the killing of singer and activist Hachalu Hundessa, local police commissioner told state media.
The 34-year-old singer was shot by unknown gunmen in Addis Ababa on Monday, sparking demonstrations in the capital that have spread to several towns in the Oromia region of the country.
Three police officers and 78 civilians, including an unnamed uncle of the musician, were among those killed during the "mayhem" in the town of Ambo, Oromia region police commissioner, Bedesa Merdasa said in a press conference broadcast on state media on Wednesday.
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Thirty-five people were also arrested during the protests, including prominent Oromo political activist Jawar Mohammed, federal police commissioner Endeshaw Tasew said on Tuesday night.
Jawar is a former ally of Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, who is also an Oromo, but has become a critic of the government. He was held during a standoff between police and protesters who were tryng to stop Hachula's corpse from leaving the capital, according to Tasew. Journalist Eskinder Nega was also arrested, Tasew said, giving few details.
The motive of Hachalu's killing remains unclear but an investigation is underway and several suspects have been arrested, the police commissioner said.
Reaction to his death has spread as far as the United States. Ethiopians in Minnesota gathered and wove their country's flags in demonstration on Wednesday.
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Who was Hachalu Hundessa?
Hachalu,was part of that movement and 2015 protests that eventually led to political reforms in Ethiopia in 2018.
His songs highlighted frustrations of people in Oromia, where people have often complained of being marginalized politically; his music was the undertone for the campaign for political reforms that eventually saw then.
By Thursday, protests in the capital Addis Ababa had largely subsided as military troops patrolled the deserted streets in the city.
Hachalu was laid to rest in a brief, private ceremony in his hometown of Ambo in the Oromia region on Thursday, local broadcast media reported.
Internet watchdog Netblocks, which tracks connectivity in the country, said internet was shut down across Ethiopia for the third day, according to CEO Alp Toker Thursday morning.
Do Protests Even Work?
It sometimes takes decades to find out.In the short term, protests can work to the degree that they can scare authorities into changing their behavior. Protests are signals: “We are unhappy, and we won’t put up with things the way they are.” But for that to work, the “We won’t put up with it” part has to be credible. Nowadays, large protests sometimes lack such credibility, especially because digital technologies have made them so much easier to organize.
"The general population are offline...which is quite significant and people do relay on the internet especially during the time of crisis. At this moment there is this information blackout," Toker said.
Rights groups have accused authorities of routinelyand telecommunications services during protests, as well as the country's only telecoms provider owned solely by the state.
Human Rights Watch said the internet blackout has stoked tensions and increased concerns about protesters being suppressed, and urged authorities to restore connection.
The rights group said three protesters were killed by security forces, while a doctor in Dire Dawa town said he treated eight people with gunshots fired by security forces to disperse protests.
"Rather than restoring calm, the authorities' internet shutdown, apparent excessive use of force, and arrest of political opposition figures could make a volatile situation even worse. The government should take prompt steps to reverse these actions or risk sliding deeper into crisis,"
Ethiopia: two men confess to the murder of an Oromo singer, according to the prosecutor .
© Brandon Bell A protester carries a portrait of the murdered singer Hachalu Hundessa in front of the residence of the governor of Minnesota in Saint Paul in the United States, on 3 July 2020 Two men confessed to the murder of a famous singer from the Oromo ethnic group in Ethiopia, whose objective was actually to overthrow Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, said the Ethiopian attorney general on Friday.