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Fri, 25 Sep 2020 14:06 - Updated Fri, 25 Sep 2020 14:06

Ethiopia charges 2,000 over violence after musician's murder

The remains of a burnt car which was set on fire by a mob in Shashamene, Ethiopia during the violence after the assassination of Hachalu

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More than 160 people died in the unrestImage caption: More than 160 people died in the unrest

The Ethiopian government has said that 2,000 people have been charged in connection with the killing of Oromo singer Hachalu Hundessa and the violence that followed.

Attorney General Gedion Timothewos said those charged include politicians and clarified that none of them were held for their political activities.

More than 160 people died during the violence that started after the killing of Hachalu.

Mr Gedion said many others were injured and property was destroyed.

He said the various cases were being heard in different jurisdictions as the violence was widespread.

Popular musician and activist Hachalu was killed on 29 June sparking unrest.

Some of his songs became anthems for the country's Oromo people, Ethiopia's largest ethnic group, in a wave of protests that led to the downfall of the previous prime minister in 2018.

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