Ethiopia Oromo deaths

Ethiopia Oromo deaths

Photos: Ethiopia Oromo deaths

Festival goers flee as police fire teargas into the crowd in Bishoftu, near Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on Sunday, October 2. At least 52 people died during the stampede that followed. An estimated two million people had gathered at a sacred lake to take part in the Irreecha ceremony to mark the Oromo New Year.

Photos: Ethiopia Oromo deaths

Security forces standby as Oromo people cross their wrists above their heads, a gesture that has become a symbol of Oromo anti-government protests.

Photos: Ethiopia Oromo deaths

According to AFP photographer Zacharias Abubeker the event quickly degenerated, with protesters throwing stones and bottles and security forces responding with baton charges and tear gas grenades.

Photos: Ethiopia Oromo deaths

Bystanders work to remove an injured man from a ditch.

Photos: Ethiopia Oromo deaths

People help a man wash his eyes after police used teargas on festival participants.

Photos: Ethiopia Oromo deaths

A man covers the bodies of festival goers who were killed in the stampede.

Photos: Ethiopia Oromo deaths

Oromo regional police officers wait in a pickup near a crowd of festival attendees.

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