Ethiopia: Thousands gather for funeral of Renaissance dam engineer
Thousands of people gathered in Addis Ababa on Sunday to attend the funeral of engineer Semegnew Bekele.
Bekele, 53, was the project manager of Ethiopia’s ambitious Grand Renaissance dam and widely celebrated as one of the country’s greatest engineers. He was found dead in his car in the Ethiopian capital on Thursday with a gunshot wound to his head.
Thousands attend Bekele funeral
Thousands of Ethiopians attended the state funeral of Semegnew Bekele on Sunday, which was held at the Meskel Square in Addis Ababa – the same location his body was found on Thursday. Tearful tributes were paid during a solemn service, including a brass band and people carrying wreaths of flowers.
Protests were also held in the capital with demonstrators calling for justice over Bekele’s killing, which many believe was a targeted murder. Police fired teargas to break up protestors and several people were taken to hospital.
Authorities have confirmed the engineer was killed by a bullet wound to the head but they haven’t provided any further details.
We have confirmed that engineer Simegnew Bekele was shot dead … He had a bullet wound behind his right ear,” the head of Ethiopia’s Federal Police Commission, Zeinu Jemal, told reporters last week.
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