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52 dead in Ethiopia festival stampede

People extract an injured man from a ditch after a deadly stampede in Bishoftu on October 2, 2016Fifty-two people died on Sunday at a religious festival in Ethiopia to celebrate the end of the rainy season after police fired tear gas at protesters triggering a stampede. Ethiopia is facing its biggest anti-government unrest in a decade and some festival participants had crossed their wrists above their heads, a gesture that has become a symbol of protest by the Oromo community, according to an AFP photographer at the scene. “Bodies are being collected by the government.

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