Death toll in Ethiopia violence over singer's killing hits 239

Entertainment Desk
8 July 2020, Wed
Published: 09:51

Death toll in Ethiopia violence over singer's killing hits 239

The death toll from demonstrations and ethnic violence that erupted in Ethiopia last week following the murder of a popular singer from the Oromo ethnic group has risen to 239, according to police.

Pop-star Haacaaluu Hundeessaa, a hero to many Oromo who saw him as the voice of their marginalization, was shot dead by unknown attackers on June 29, heightening ethnic tensions threatening the country's democratic transition.

Protests broke out in the capital Addis Ababa, as well as the surrounding Oromia region which is the homeland of the country's largest ethnic group, who have long felt economically and politically sidelined in the diverse nation, according to Al Jazeera reports.

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