Several people were feared dead in a stampede Sunday in the town of Bishoftu, near the Ethiopian capital, after police fired tear gas at protesters during a religious Irreecha festival of the Oromo people of Ethiopia. While the Ethiopian government and state media claimed that the number of people died is 55, opposition groups as well as independent media sources are putting the death toll more than 100.
Merera Gudina, PhD, chairman of the opposition Oromo Federalist Congress (OFC), told AFP there had been many fatalities.
Dr. Gudina said, “Bodies are being collected by the government. But what I hear from people on the ground is that the number of dead is more than one hundred.”
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