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50 dead in Ethiopia protests over death of popular singer

REUTERS
Published : Jul 1, 2020, 3:30 pm IST
Updated : Jul 1, 2020, 3:30 pm IST

The dead included protesters and members of the security forces, and some businesses had also been set on fire

 eople gather for a candlelight vigil in memory of musician and activist Hachalu Hundessa at the Oromo Community of Minnesota building on June 30, 2020 in St Paul, Minnesota. (AFP)
  eople gather for a candlelight vigil in memory of musician and activist Hachalu Hundessa at the Oromo Community of Minnesota building on June 30, 2020 in St Paul, Minnesota. (AFP)

Addis Ababa: At least 50 people were killed in protests in Ethiopia’s Oromiya region during protests following the killing of a popular singer, a regional spokesman said on Wednesday.

The dead included protesters and members of the security forces, said spokesman Getachew Balcha, adding that some businesses had also been set on fire.

 

“We were not prepared for this,” he told Reuters.

The singer’s funeral will be held on Thursday in his hometown of Ambo.

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