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Popular African protest singer shot dead

By natasha01 • a week ago • 2612 views • 1000 comments

.Popular Ethiopian protest singer shot dead

BBC AfricaJun 30, 2020

Ethiopian musician Hachalu Hundessa, well known for his political songs, has been shot dead in the capital.

The 34-year-old had said that he had received death threats and the police are now holding a number of suspects.

Hachalu's lyrics often focused on the rights of the country's Oromo ethnic group and became anthems in a wave of protests that led to the downfall of the previous prime minister.

Demonstrations broke out in response to the news of the musician's death.

Gunshots have been heard in Addis Ababa and people set fire to tyres.

Thousands of his fans headed to the hospital in the city where the body of the singer was taken on Monday night, BBC Afaan Oromo's Bekele Atoma reports.

To them, he was a voice of his generation that protested against decades of government repression, he says.

Police used tear gas to disperse the crowd.

The internet was also shut down in parts of the country as protests spread in Oromia regional state.

Hachalu's body has now been taken to the town of Ambo, about 100km (62 miles) west of the capital.

Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has expressed his condolences saying in a tweet that Ethiopia "lost a precious life today" and describing the singer as "marvellous".

What were the Oromo protests about?

The Oromo, Ethiopia's largest ethnic group, have long complained of political and economic marginalisation.

Demonstrations erupted in 2016 and pressure built on the government.

The ruling coalition eventually replaced then-Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn with Mr Abiy, who is Oromo himself.

He has brought in a series of reforms which has transformed what was considered a very oppressive state.

He won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2019 primarily for making peace with long-time foe Eritrea, but his efforts in transforming Ethiopia were also recognised.

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    Okay following 

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    thats the problem in africa,no one ever wants to hear the truth or be told they are wrong

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    thatsbad

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    Sad

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    Its very sad wen someone is killed over saying the truth😢

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    This is sad.I can't believe this is actually true.I pray his soul rests in peace and his killer remains restless.

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    Why the killing 

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    Sad development

    Mhsrip

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    Sad development 😢😭hsrip

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    Sad development

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    This is really sad may his soul rest in eternal peace

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    RIP

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    That's the disadvantage of being the face of protest. You become a target.. mhsrip

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    This is indeed a sad development. We mourn with the family

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    Sad development 

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    This is so sad...sad development...Rest in peace

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    Hachalu's lyrics often focused on the rights of the country's Oromo ethnic group and became anthems in a wave of protests that led to the downfall of the previous prime minister

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    That is truly sad.  Abused of poweriis too high in Africa... our leaders are taking out people  

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    Thanks for sharing

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    Mhsriep 

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    thanks for information, interesting article

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    Condolences this is sad.

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    noted

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    All because of politics

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    That's sad thanks for sharing

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    That is truly sad... power is too abused in Africa... our leaders are taking out people 

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    Thanks for sharing

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    Sad development to the music industry,may his soul rest in peace,what a way to die,

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    this is sad news.  my condolences to the family may God strengthen them

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    Thanks for the information 

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    This is sad.I can't believe this is actually true.I pray his soul rests in peace and his killer remains restless.

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    Why the killings, the world is no longer a better place.

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    Too bad. rest in peace

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    Sad development to the music industry,may his soul rest in peace,what a way to die,

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    Sad development 

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    Rest in peace Hachalu Hundessa

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    Thanks for sharing

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    Thank you for the update.

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    R.I.P

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    Thank you for sharing with us all, we so much appreciate your effort and time you spent to help us know more about the things we don't know in this world

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    Thanks for sharing 

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    Wow this is interesting and Very profound and rare information. I must say I’m greatly amazed at this much information. Very insightful

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    That's very bad... My condolences to his family .... black people are been killed mercilessly.

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    This is just a political move..My deepest condolences..May suspects be questioned

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    Fighting for people is good but don't be 100% involved people run away 

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    Sad development MHSRIP

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    Rest in peace Hachalu and may whosoever is behind your death be brought to book 

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    Hachalu's lyrics often focused on the rights of the country's Oromo ethnic group and became anthems in a wave of protests that led to the downfall of the previous prime minister.

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    This is very sad development mhsrp anyway thank you so much for the update although it is a sad news

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    This is very sad to hear,may the soul of this departed rest in peace

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