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Ethiopia’s Oromos Celebrate Irreecha Festival

The celebration was held in capital Addis Ababa for the first time in 150 years.

The festival was usually held in Bishoftu, a town located in the Oromia region, about 40 km south of Addis Ababa. But this year, i.e. 150 years later, it was celebrated in at Hora Finfinne in the capital Addis Ababa. 

BY ALJAZEERA

Hundreds of thousands of Ethiopia’s largest ethnic group have been celebrating in the capital Addis Ababa at the start of an annual thanksgiving festival. Continue reading Ethiopia’s Oromos Celebrate Irreecha Festival

Ethiopia: Irreecha Festival Turns into Anti-government Protest

Ethiopia’s Oromo denounce government on stampede anniversary

An Oromo Irreecha festival transformed on Sunday into a rare moment of open defiance to the government one year after a stampede killed more than 600.

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 2015 began months of anti-government protests over claims of marginalisation and unfair land seizures. Continue reading Ethiopia: Irreecha Festival Turns into Anti-government Protest

Ethiopia: Weapons Banned at Upcoming Irreecha Oromo Festival

Fuel on the Fire. Ethiopia regime has banned weapons at the upcoming (October 1st) Irreecha religious festival in order to avoid similar violence that killed hundreds last year.

BY ELIAS MESERET | ASSOCIATED PRESS

Ethiopia has banned weapons at the upcoming Irrecha religious festival in order to avoid the violence that killed several dozen people last year. The statement from the restive Oromia region comes ahead of the October 1 thanksgiving gathering. Continue reading Ethiopia: Weapons Banned at Upcoming Irreecha Oromo Festival

UN High Commissioner Statement on Ethiopia Tragedy

A call for an independent investigation and accountability into what exactly transpired at Irreecha festival last Sunday and several other incidents since last November involving protests that have ended violently.

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 town of Bishoftu.

The protests have apparently been fuelled in part by a lack of trust in the authorities’ account of events as well as wildly differing information about the death toll and the conduct of security forces. We call on the protestors to exercise restraint and to renounce the use of violence. Security forces must conduct themselves in line with international human rights laws and standards. Continue reading UN High Commissioner Statement on Ethiopia Tragedy