ADDIS ABABA — Youths enraged by the killing of a popular protest singer burned tires during demonstrations in Ethiopia’s capital on Tuesday, in a display of anger from the prime minister’s own Oromo ethnic community.
Addis Ababa city police commissioner Getu Argaw told state media late on Monday that Haacaaluu Hundeessaa, an Oromo musician known for his protest songs, had been shot dead at around 9:30 in the evening. Some suspects had been detained, he said, giving no further details.
On Tuesday morning the normally busy streets of Addis Ababa were eerily empty as protesters lit fires and chanted slogans.
The internet connection to Ethiopia, Africa’s second most populous nation, appeared to be down, a common occurrence during political protests.
Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed expressed his condolences, promised an investigation and asked the public to remain calm, in a message posted on Twitter.