Unrest following the killing of Haacaaluu Hundeessaa
Seven people have been killed after protests erupted in Ethiopia following the death of prominent Oromo Artist Haacaaluu Hundeessaa.
Five people were shot dead in Adama during the demonstrations, and many others injured.
The other two people have been shot dead in the town of Chiro, as reported by medics.
Doctor Fekadu, a surgeon at the Adama hospital, said there was heavy violence in the town of Adama, with victims reporting security forces had shot them.
He stated that there were a lot of casualties, most of them had bullet injuries and others with burn injuries whose houses were set on fire.
The protestors that marched through Addis Ababa were mainly young people grieving the dead musician. More protests were also reported in the Oromia region.
Network data from the NetBlocks internet Observatory confirmed that the internet had been cut across most Ethiopia after 6.00 am UTC. The blackout came amid report protests after the shooting of Haacaaluu.
The ongoing disruption incident has nation scale impact affecting cellular and fixed-line networks and is not connected to any known international connectivity issues or technical outage. UTC and users also reported that phone calls were not being connected.
The internet shutdown is the most severe observed since last year’s assassination and an alleged coup attempt in the Amhara region.
State-owned Telco Ethio Telcom operates a national monopoly which expedites the process of deactivating public Internet and telephone services, providing Ethiopian Authorities the ability to switch off the internet.
The body of the Late Haacaaluu, which was on its way to his hometown Ambo was returned to Addis Ababa after protestors claim that his body should be laid to rest in the Ethiopian Capital.
This was as reported earlier by BBC.
In Harar, protesters demolished a statue of Ras Mekonnen, Father of Ethiopia’s last emperor Haile Selassie 1.
According to a report by Deutsche Welle Amharic Service report.