More than 166 people were killed during anti-government protests in Ethiopia last week, the government said on Sunday, as the capital and other hotspots remained closely guarded by security forces and a blanket Internet shutdown entered its sixth day.
The Oromo, Ethiopia’s largest ethnic group, have long complained of their exclusion from political power.
Six people were injured on Thursday in scuffles between Ethiopian security forces and mourners trying to attend the funeral of singer Haacaaluu Hundeessaa, whose killing earlier this week sparked protests that killed more than 80 people, a witness said.
At least 50 people were killed in Ethiopia’s Oromiya region in protests following the fatal shooting of a popular singer, a regional spokesman said on Wednesday, laying bare splits in the prime minister’s political heartland ahead of next year’s polls.
South Africa has called on the UN Security Council to respect the African Union and continental efforts led by the AU Chairman to find a solution to the Great Ethiopian Renaissance Dam dispute between Ethiopia, Sudan & Egypt.