Killing of Ethiopian protest singer sparks unrest
ADDIS ABABA: Youths enraged by the killing of a popular singer burned tyres in Ethiopia’s capital and took to the streets of other cities, as unrest spread through the political heartland of Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed.
Abiy called for calm following the killing of Haacaaluu Hundeessaa, an Oromo musician whose political songs were the soundtrack of a protest movement that helped bring Abiy to power two years ago. In a tweet, the prime minister offered condolences and promised an investigation.
Footage posted on social media appeared to show large crowds surrounding a car said to carry Haacaaluu’s body, slowly walking to his home town of Ambo, about 100 km west of Addis Ababa.
Other pictures appeared to show demonstrators pulling down and beheading a statue of former emperor Haile Selassie in the Oromo city of Harar. - Reuters