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Protesters march on St. Paul interstate after Ethiopian singer's death

KSTP-TV/The Associated Press
Created: July 02, 2020 12:32 PM

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Protesters apparently outraged by the killing of a popular singer in Ethiopia stopped traffic on Interstate 94 in St. Paul during Wednesday evening's rush hour.

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Police blocked the entrance ramps to the freeway shortly before 6:30 p.m. Traffic was stopped as the group moved down the interstate.

A State Patrol spokesman said after 8 p.m. the protesters had left the freeway, and no arrests had been made.

One protester told KSTP-TV they are telling the US government to stop letting fake leaders run Ethiopia after the killing of singer Hachalu Hundessa on Monday. He had been a prominent voice in anti-government protests that led to a change in leadership in 2018.

His death has also sparked angry protests in the capital, Addis Ababa. The state-run Ethiopian Broadcasting Corporation says more than 80 people have been killed in the unrest.

Hundessa was buried Thursday amid tight security. He had been a prominent voice in anti-government protests that led to a change in leadership in 2018.

Angry protests, including three bomb blasts, followed his death in Addis Ababa. The prime minister has called for calm.

Police say three people have been arrested in the singer's death.

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