Mon, 10 Aug 2020

Officials have attributed the deaths to a combination of lethal force by security officers and inter-ethnic violence.

Girma added that the violent unrest had now "completely stopped".

Last week, Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed said Haacaaluu's killing and the subsequent violence represented "coordinated attempts" to destabilise the country.

Three high-profile opposition leaders - including former media mogul Jawar Mohammed - have been arrested in connection with the unrest, though officials have provided few details about the cases against them.

The Oromo-language singer and songwriter Haacaaluu, 36, was buried on Thursday under heavy police and military presence in his hometown of Ambo, about 100km west of Addis Ababa.

He is survived by his wife and two children.

Haacaaluu's music gave voice to Oromos' widespread sense of economic and political marginalisation during years of anti-government protests that swept Abiy to power in 2018.

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