Assembly in the Alberta Legislative Assembly to protest against the Ethiopian government after the death of a singer – Edmonton


On Friday, members of the Ethiopian community in Edmonton gathered at the Alberta Legislative Assembly.The group called on the Canadian government to denounce the Ethiopian government and take action in the event of growing unrest in the country.

Authorities say at least 239 people were killed in protests in Ethiopia after the assassination of popular singer Haacaaluu Hundeessaa on Monday evening. Protests spread from Addis Ababa to the surrounding Oromia region.

The musician had been a rallying voice in the anti-government protests that led Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed to take power in 2018.

“The Ethiopian government is killing our people. It is a brutal government that kills our innocent people, from children to the elderly, ”said organizer Dereje Berenda.

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The Attorney General of Ethiopia said two people were arrested for the murder of the musician who started the unrest and a third was on the run.

The official said the two men confessed, claiming that they had received instructions from the Oromo Liberation Army rebel group in order to incite anti-government emotions and cause tension between the Oromos. and the Amharas.

“There is a problem at Oromia. We are protesting against these inhuman actions, ”said Berenda.

“The Ethiopian government is deceiving the international community, including our Canadian government. There is no real democracy. There is no peace and justice in this country. “

The army has been deployed and the Oromia regional police commissioner said that nearly 5,000 people had been arrested.

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Berenda said that the Ethiopian population of Edmonton includes more than 3,000 people.

“But because of COVID-19, we had a limited number of participants here,” said Berenda. “This is a young, emerging community from Edmonton.”

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The group paraded through the city center, ending at Queen Mary Park.

– With files from the Associated Press

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