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2020 Oromia Clashes

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2020 Oromia Clashes
LocationOromia Region, Ethiopia
DateJune 30, 2020 - July 2, 2020
Deaths81[1]
PerpetratorEthiopian National Defense Force

On July 1st, 2020, 81 civilans in the Oromia Region of Ethiopia and Addis Ababa were killed.[2] The protests come right after the death of singer and activist Hachalu Hundessa, who was shot and killed in Addis Ababa.[3] Hundessa's uncle was killed in the clashes[4] and many political activists were arrested, including Jawar Mohammed,[5] and Bekele Gerba from Oromo Federalist Democratic Movement political party, as well as Eskinder Nega and Sintayehu Chekol from Balderas movement.[6]

There was a wide scale propaganda on Oromia Media Network, media owned by Jawar Mohammed, for ethnic Oromos to target those labeled as "neftegna", a term usually used in Afan Oromo to refer to ethnic Amharas. Most of the 81 civilians that died were ethnic minorities that were killed by angry mobs agitated from the propaganda from Oromia Media Network broadcasts.

The official statement from the government claimed that the killing of Hachalu Hundessa was orchestrated by Tigray People's Liberation Front, OLF-Shane, and Jawar Mohammed.[7] The government claimed that the intention was to have the funeral of Hachalu Hundessa in Addis Ababa so that angry Oromo youths that would come to the city would destroy statues and monuments in the city, a move that would have put them in collision course with the city residents. The plan was to use the ensuing violence in discrediting and overthrowing the government of Abiy Ahmed.[8] On July 2, 2020, Jawar Mohammed and his followers were brought to court and charged with instigating violence and causing death of civilians. The country's attorney general also mentioned, that Jawar Mohammed will be held responsible for the event from October 2019, where more than 86 civilans were killed as a result of Facebook post Jawar Mohammed made.[9]

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  6. https://amharic.voanews.com/a/5483624.html
  7. https://amharic.voanews.com/a/5483624.html
  8. https://amharic.voanews.com/a/5483624.html
  9. https://amharic.voanews.com/a/5483624.html