Ethiopia: many dead in anti-government protest at religious festival

Police in Ethiopia’s Oromiya region
fired teargas and warning shots to
disperse anti-government protesters at a religious festival, triggering a stampede the opposition party said killed at least 50 people.

The government did not give a precise death toll resulting from chaotic scenes on Sunday during the annual festival, where some people chanted slogans against the government and waved a
rebel flag. But it said “lives were lost” and that several were injured.

Sporadic protests have erupted in
Oromiya in the last two years, initially sparked by a land row but increasingly turning more broadly against the government. Since late 2015, scores of protesters have been killed in clashes with police.

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