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The Murder Of Hachalu Hundessa Is Storming The News Recently, Over 80 people have been destroyed in clashes with security forces in Ethiopia following the murder of famous singer Hachalu Hundessa. The musician was shot Monday night by mysterious assailants in the Galan Condominium neighbourhood of the capital city Addis Ababa. The motive for the murder remains unclear. The local police have arrested some individuals in connection with the case. A Human Rights Watch report declared the government cut internet services over the country on Tuesday morning, making it difficult to access data on those who were injured and killed in the protests.
Significantly, just before his passing, on June 22, Hundessa gave a discussion to the Oromia Media Network (OMN), which had sparked abuse on social media. During the interview, he criticized the government and spoke out against the marginalization faced by his society, the Oromos. Following his death, OMN was attacked by the police, and several journalists were arrested. Jawar Mohammed, who owns the tracks, was also taken into arrest. Hundessa was concealed in his hometown Ambo on Thursday.
Hundessa provided a voice to the anti-government protests that appeared in 2014 and culminated in the departure of Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn in 2018. The demonstrations began after the government declared a plan to expand the boundaries of the city into the Oromia region. The society was concerned that the expansion would replace farmers living in the outskirts. While the plan, announced the “Addis Ababa Master Plan”, was eventually released, the protests continued, indicating the growing frustration of the ethnic group that felt marginalized by the administration.
Tensions in Amhara and Oromia escalated after October 2, 2016, when, while the Oromo thanksgiving holiday, over 55 people stayed killed in a stampede. After fresh demonstrations broke out following the incident, the government announced a state of urgency. It confirmed a particular unit to “rehabilitate” those who had been jailed for participating in unrest or violence in the earlier year.
According to Amnesty International, following the effects of October 2016, the government protection forces arrested tens of thousands of people in Oromia and Amhara among other regions. Those arrested included political activists, journalists, protesters, and members of the Human Rights Council, with others.
A recent report announced by Amnesty claims that despite changes that led to the discharge of thousands of detainees following Ahmed’s prime ministership, Ethiopian safety forces have committed “grave” violations within December 2018 and December 2019. The report declares that since March 2019, protection officers have emphatically evicted over 60 families from Oromia’s West and East Guji zones.
It adds that to mobilize supporters ahead of the now postponed elections, politicians have been trying to stir up ethnic and religious animosities, “sparking inter-communal violence and armed attacks in five of the country’s nine regional states.”