On 30 June 2020, violent protests broke out in the capital Addis Ababa over the killing of a popular musician the previous day. Police officers fired tear gas to disperse protesters gathered in the city and there were reports of sustained gunfire. Following a peaceful gathering outside its building in the morning hours, the U.S. Embassy in Addis Ababa has urged U.S. government personnel to remain in their homes until further notice.
Additional protests occurred in other towns, including Chiro and Adama; several government buildings were set ablaze in Adama and at least one person was injured during the violence. Meanwhile in Chiro, security personnel shot and killed at least two people and several others were wounded. Reports stated that internet access was disrupted in parts of the country during the protests. An investigation into the musician’s murder is ongoing, and police officials have arrested several suspects. The deceased was known for his political songs and seen as a leading voice for the Oromo ethnic group.