Ethiopia: Irreecha Festival Turns into Anti-government Protest

Ethiopia’s Oromo denounce government on stampede anniversary BY AFP An Ethiopian religious festival transformed on Sunday into a rare moment of open defiance to the government one year after a stampede started by police killed dozens at the gathering. The Irreecha festival is held annually by the Oromos, Ethiopia’s largest ethnic group, which in late […]

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UN High Commissioner Statement on Ethiopia Tragedy

By Rupert Colville | Spokesperson for the UNHCHR, There has been increasing unrest in several towns in the Oromia region, south east of Addis Ababa, since last Sunday when many people died after falling into ditches or into the Arsede lake while apparently fleeing security forces following a protest at a religious festival in the […]

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