The late artist Haacaaluu Hundeessaa performing his 2015 hit tune “Maalan Jira”

Mahlet Fasil @MahletFasil

July 01/2020- Ararsa Merdassa, Oromia Police Fee Commissioner Normal instructed native information media late this afternoon that the variety of people who find themselves killed in reference to continued protests towards the assassination of outstanding Oromo artist Haacaaluu Hundeessaa has climbed to 81. One of many killed is Haacaaluu’s uncle, who the commissioner didn’t point out by title. Of the 81 who have been killed up to now 78 are civilians, and three are members of Oromia police drive. Seven of these killed are within the capital Addis Abeba, the Commissioner Normal stated with out giving additional particulars.

Based on the Commissioner Normal Haacaaluu’s uncle was killed in Ambo at present in what he stated was a bomb thrown at his home. Nonetheless, two eye witnesses who spoke to Addis Normal stated that he was killed by safety forces as he confronted them from eradicating the physique of Haacaaluu out of the household’s home. The physique was afterward taken to a military barrack on the outskirts of the town of Ambo. The regional state stated the artist will “receive a hero’s funeral tomorrow.” However the youth within the metropolis continued protesting that the artist needs to be laid to relaxation in Addis Abeba, the place he lived along with his widow and three youngsters.

There have been sustained gunshots all through the town at present, the 2 eye witnesses instructed our reporter Mahlet Fasil and added there have been “several deaths” as federal and regional safety forces “fired live bullets” at indignant crowds. “I have seen two dead people laying on the ground near the main police station where protests were happening today,” one of many eye witnesses instructed Addis Normal by cellphone. “Both bodies were laying there for several hours as shootings were coming from everywhere.” Members of the federal police have been deployed within the metropolis since yesterday after the federal government airlifted the physique of Haacaaluu by a helicopter from Addis Abeba.

Haacaaluu’s household haven’t spoken to the media straight as of but. However an interview with VOA Amharic containing his father’s interview is predicted to be aired tonight.

Protests have additionally continued elsewhere within the area, in response to the Commissioner Normal. Many cities in Arsi, together with cities in west Arsi, in addition to Jimma and Adama, amongst others, have been locations the place sustained protests continued. Unconfirmed reviews point out that a number of properties belonging to the federal government and personal residents have been destroyed in Arsi Assela and in Jimma. The Commissioner Normal was not forthcoming to explain the small print and Web connectivity remained shutdown; cellphone networks exterior of Addis are additionally sporadic.

In the meantime in Addis Abeba, closely armed members of the town’s police have, this afternoon, detained Eskendir Nega, founder & chief of the opposition get together Balderas for Real Democracy, in response to Henok Aklilu, lawyer and head of the get together’s authorized division. Henok stated they didn’t know the rationale behind the detention of Eskendir, nor the place the place he’s at present held at.

#Ethiopia: @AddisPolice detained Eskinder Nega, founder & chief of the opposition get together Balderas for Real Democracy at present from his workplace, lawyer Henok Aklilu instructed AS's @MahletFasil. He added that the police didn't say why Eskinder was detained, nor the place he was detained at. pic.twitter.com/n6dcjvpGOU— Addis Normal (@addisstandard) July 1, 2020

There have been gunshot sounds in varied components of the town all through this afternoon, our reporter confirmed. Within the space generally often called Kazanchis, a number of group of youths have been seen with knives, rocks and sticks chanting “we will defend the city.” Armed police and members of the federal military are stationed in varied components of the town, which remained eerily quiet. AS

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