Ferocious protest erupted over popstar murder in Ethiopia; Death toll rises to 239
Published: 08:11 PM, 8 July 2020 Updated: 08:13 PM, 8 July 2020
At least 239 people have been killed in clashes with security forces in the East African country of Ethiopia over the killing of a local popular musician. The country's police authorities said this information on Wednesday.
In a statement to state media Fana Broadcasting Corporate, Oromia Deputy Commissioner of Police Girma Gelam said the unrest in the region has been continued since the death of popular musician Hachalu Hundessa. It killed 215 civilians and 24 security personnel.
Girma added that more than two hundred people were seriously injured in the protests. Besides, more than 3,500 people have been arrested.
Popstar Hachalu Hundess is a member of Ethiopia's larger Oromo ethnic group. He was shot dead by unknown gunmen in the capital, Addis Ababa, on the night of June 29. As a result, extreme tensions have arisen among those ethnic groups that have threatened the country's democracy.
It is learned that 5 people have already been arrested for being involved in Hachalu's murder.
Officials say the rebel group Oromo Liberation Front and the opposition Tigre People's Liberation Front were involved in the killings.