Funeral held for slain Ethiopian singer

Yolanda Curtis
July 5, 2020

One protester told KSTP-TV they are telling the USA government to stop letting fake leaders run Ethiopia after the killing of singer Hachalu Hundessa.

Many businesses and offices in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa reopened Friday morning, with the city appearing to resume some normalcy after days of deadly protests.

Officials said Thursday night that 97 people had been killed by security forces and in inter-ethnic clashes. At about 04:00 we went outside and the whole area in front of the hospital was full of people as the news had spread about Hachalu's death.

"He [the president] also said the government is in the process of identifying not only those people who committed the crime of killing of the musician but also the ones inciting the violence in the country".

"A losing mindset can not give birth to new ideas", it quoted Abiy as saying.

Three high-profile opposition leaders - including former media mogul Jawar Mohammed - have been arrested in connection with the unrest this week, though officials have provided few details about the cases against them.

Some calm has returned to the country, and Addis Ababa is seemingly back to normal.

"We had a meeting with the community, and we were told to arm ourselves with anything we have, including machetes and sticks", said one capital resident who wished to remain anonymous.

He is survived by his wife and two children.

Haacaaluu's songs provided a soundtrack for a generation of Oromo protesters whose three years of anti-government demonstrations finally forced the resignation of the prime minister in 2018 and the appointment of the Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, the country's first Oromo prime minister.

Hachalu's music is considered by many to advocate the rights of Ethiopia's Oromo ethnic group, the largest in the multi-ethnic state, who have long believed they are being neglected by the government.

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