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Ethiopia: 52 Die as Police Crackdown on Protest Spawns Stampede

HeadlineOct 03, 2016

In Ethiopia, as many as 52 people died in a stampede after police shot guns into the air and fired tear gas and rubber bullets into a large anti-government demonstration Sunday. The protest began as an estimated 2 million people joined a religious festival in Ethiopia’s Oromia region––home to the Oromo people, who for the last two years have staged anti-government protests. In August, Ethiopian Olympic runner Feyisa Lilesa raised his arms in an “X” as he won a silver medal in the marathon to protest Ethiopia’s human rights abuses against his tribe, the Oromo people.

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