Unrest is reported escalating across Ethiopia as effigies get burned and citizens occupy Bole International Airport in the capital Addis Ababa. This comes after prominent singer and rights crusader was shot dead by unknown assailants and the arrest of senior opposition politicians and activists including the youthful owner of OMN media house and member of Oromo Federalist Congress member Jawar Mohamed, and veteran opposition leader Gebele Garba. Mr. Garba is reportedly in hospital after security forces beat him. Unconfirmed pictures of Jawar Mohamed with bloodied head and injuries were circulating on social media. The government of Dr. Abiy Ahmed shut down the internet after the arrest of the prominent politicians and the killing of Haanchaalu by unknown people.
Protests have erupted across the globe. The Ethiopia Embassy in the UK has been taken over for hours by Oromo protesters and put up the region’s flag before British police intervened. There are reports that Bole International Airport in the Capital Addi Ababa has been taken over by Oromo protesters.
As the internet is shut and media banned, it is feared the country is quickly reverting to the old dictatorship of Meles Zenawi and Mengistu Hailemariam era.