Hachalu, a prominent figure in the Oromo ethnic group, was shot Monday night at the Gelan Condominiums area of the capital Addis Ababa, according to state broadcaster EBC citing the Addis Ababa police commissioner, Getu Argaw.
On Tuesday, images of protesters in the capital and in the Oromia region circulated on social media and the U.S. Embassy in Ethiopia released a security alert saying the embassy was “monitoring reports of protests and unrest, including gunfire, throughout Addis Ababa.”
Demonstrators also protested the singer’s death in front of the U.S. embassy, the alert said, describing the situation as “volatile at this time.”
A blanket shutdown
Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed tweeted condolences to Hachalu’s family and friends on Tuesday, adding that an investigation was underway but urged his citizens to maintain peace.
The Addis Ababa police commissioner said some suspects in the shooting have been arrested, EBC reports.
Jackson said authorities must conduct a “prompt, thorough, impartial, independent and effective” probe into the singer’s killing and restore internet connection immediately to allow the musician’s fans to mourn his death.
“The authorities should immediately lift the countrywide blanket internet shutdown and allow people to access information and to freely mourn the musician,” Jackson said.