50 killed in Stampede during religious festival in Ethiopia


Addis Ababa, Oct 3: At least 50 people were killed in a stampede triggered after police fired teargas and warning shots at anti-government protesters during a religious festival in Ethiopia’s Oromiya region.

Nearly thousands of people were gathered for an annual celebration of thanksgiving in Oromiya area when some people started chanting and waving a rebel flag.Ethiopia-wefornewsThen police fired teargas and guns into the air, crowds fled to rescue themselves, with some people plunging into a deep ditch, Dailymail reported on Sunday.

The crowds chanted “we need freedom” and “we need justice”, preventing community elders, deemed close to the government, from delivering their speeches.Ethiopia-wefornewsSeveral rebels waved the red, green and yellow flag of the Oromo Liberation Front, a rebel group branded a “terrorist” organisation by the government.

Witnesses said that the victims were seen dragged out of the ditch showing no obvious sign of life. Half a dozen people were also rushed to a hospital.

However, the government did not release the official figures of deaths. The figure came from the opposition Oromo Federalist Congress.

Wefornews Bureau

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