በሮይተርሱ እውነተኛ ሪፖርት

Source: Reuters & BBC

የቢቢሲና የሮይተር ዘገባ የጃዋርን ተረት ተረት እንደ ቁምነገር አልያዙትም። ጃዋር የሚለው የፌደራል መከላከያ ከሄሊኮብተር ላይ ሆኖ ሰው ጨረሰ ሲሆን የቢቢሲና የሮይተር ዘጋቢዎች ከቦታው ሆነው የሚመሰክሩት በፍጹም የተለየ ነው። እንደ ሪፖርተሮቹ ከሆነ ከጎረምሶቹ የሚወርደውን የድንጋይ ናዳ ተከትሎ ፖሊሶች በአስለቃሽ ጭስና ጥይት ወደ ላይ በመተኮስ መበተናቸው ነው። በግርግሩ ሳብያ ብዙዎች እንደሞቱና እንደቆሰሉም ዘግበዋል።

በሮይተርሱ እውነተኛ ሪፖርት የተናደደው ጃዋር በፌስቡክ ገጹ ላይ ሮይተርስን ተሳድቧል።

Ethiopian government confirms deaths at festival, opposition says 50 die

Ethiopia’s government said on Sunday several people died and others were injured in chaotic scenes at a festival near the capital, while the opposition party said the death toll was at least 50 in a stampede sparked by police action to break up a protest.

“As a result of the chaos, lives were lost and several of the injured were taken to hospital,” the government communications office said in a statement, without giving figures. “Those responsible will face justice.”

Merera Gudina, chairperson of the opposition Oromo Federalist Congress, told Reuters at least 50 people were killed when people fled after police fired teargas and shots in the air to disperse anti-government protesters at the crowded festival.

The government and opposition often give different accounts for casualties during protests, which have erupted sporadically for about two years in the Oromiya region near Addis Ababa.

(Reporting by Aaron Maasho; Writing by Edmund Blair. Editing by Jane Merriman)

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Oromia: Several dead in Ethiopia festival stampede
2 October 2016

Protesters chant slogans during a demonstration over what they say is unfair distribution of wealth in the country at Meskel Square in Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa, August 6, 2016.

Several people have been killed in a stampede in Ethiopia’s Oromia region after police fired tear gas and warning shots to disperse a protest.
Thousands had gathered for a religious festival in Bishoftu, 40km (25 miles) from the capital Addis Ababa.

Officials responded after anti-government protesters threw stones and bottles, reports said. There was panic and some people fell into a ditch.
There have been months of deadly clashes in Ethiopia recently.

People in the Oromia and Amhara regions have complained about political and economic marginalisation.

What is behind wave of protests?

What do Oromo protests mean for Ethiopian unity?

Crowds at Sunday’s Oromo festival chanted “We need freedom” and “We need justice”, witnesses said.

Some participants crossed their wrists above their heads, a gesture that has become a symbol of Oromo protests.

At least 50 people were killed, the opposition said, a number that has not been officially confirmed.
Ethiopia’s government said in a statement that “lives were lost”, adding: “Those responsible will face justice”.

The unrest was sparked last November by a plan to expand the capital into Oromia. This led to fears that farmers from the Oromo ethnic group, the largest in Ethiopia, would be displaced.
The plan was later dropped but protests continued, highlighting issues such as marginalisation and human rights.

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