Oromo community protests for the freedom of opposition leader Bekele Gerba and Jawar Mohammed -Ethiopia


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Disputes among Ethiopian security forces and protesters commanding the freedom of an opposition leader results to 9 people dead in the Oromiya region, Addis Ababa suburb.

The tension increases rising fractures in Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed's Oromo power base as strong ethnic activists who were once associates frequently question his administration.

The demonstrations started on Tuesday after a social media campaign for the freedom of famous Oromo opposition leader Bekele Gerba and media lord Jawar Mohammed, both detained after the assassination of the iconic Oromo singer Haacaaluu Hundeessaa.


Jawar was a strong supporter of PM Abiy who became vocal detractor, while Bekele is a leader of an opposition Oromo political party.

The singer's death ignited turmoils in the capital Addis Ababa which later expanded to the neighbouring Oromiya region, killing at least 178 people.

Harar region's Hiwot Fana and Jegol hospitals received 32 people with gunshot wounds on Tuesday, most from Oromiya's Aweday town, two doctors told Reuters on the state of anonymity.

"They were executed in their head, chest and abdomen," the doctor from Hiwot Fana Hospital stated.

In Ciro, 320 km (200 miles) east of Addis Ababa, 30 people were taken to hospital, 25 of them with bullet wounds, a health official told Reuters. Two died on Tuesday and a third on Wednesday.

Getachew Balcha, the Oromiya regional government spokesman, did not return calls or text messages seeking comment.

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