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Minnesota's Oromo Community Rallies for Justice After Anti-Government Musician Killed in Ethiopia

Jul 3rd 2020 · 1 min read
Minnesota's Oromo Community Rallies for Justice After Anti-Government Musician Killed in Ethiopia

Protesters demonstrating against the killing of a musician and activist in Ethiopia blocked Interstate 94 in St Paul, Minnesota, for hours on Wednesday evening, July 1, reports said.

Musician Hachalu Hundessa was shot and killed in Addis Ababa on June 29, the BBC reported.

Members of the Minnesota’s Oromo community, an ethnic group that originates in Ethiopia, marched and demanded justice for Hundessa, who was Oromo and a prominent voice in anti-government protests as well, according to the BBC.

This video shows protesters on the I-94 chanting “free all prisoners” and “freedom” and flying the flag of the Oromo Liberation Front (OLF). The OLF was founded as a political organization in 1973 to advocate for the “right to national self-determination” for the Oromo people, say reports.

Minnesota Gov. Waltz paid his respects on Twitter and said, “My heart goes out to the Oromo community mourning his powerful voice and tireless activism.”

More than 80 people in Ethiopia were reported to have been killed in two days of unrest following Hundessa’s death.

last updated: 2020-07-03@09:07