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Ethiopia restores internet after two weeks shutdown

July 15th 2020, 3:02:49 pm

Ethiopian authorities have restored internet services in parts of the country two weeks after violent protests broke out due to the killing of popular Oromo singer Hachalu Hundesa in the capital, Addis Ababa.

People can now access wi-fi and broadband connections.

When the internet shutdown happened, authorities defended their action saying it was being used to stir up ethnic violence.

This is the longest internet shutdown Ethiopia has experienced since Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed came to power in April 2018.

The authorities said that misunderstanding ensued when young people from the Oromia region insisted on diverting a procession escorting Hachalu's body from Addis Ababa to his hometown of Ambo for burial.

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The young people from the Oromia region wanted him to be buried in the capital.

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This led to clashes causing the death of over 200 people, including some security officers. At least 5,000 people were arrested.

Several items were destroyed in the areas where the violence took place. The ethnic-based attacks were brutal and horrific, according to a report by the Mail and Guardian.

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