Demonstrators cross their wrists during Irreecha, the thanksgiving festival of the Oromo people, in Bishoftu town, Ethiopia, on Oct. 2, 2016. The crossed-wrists gesture has been widely used as a sign of peaceful resistance and is meant to symbolize being handcuffed by security forces.
The stampede occurred in one of the East African country's most politically sensitive regions, Oromia, which has seen months of sometimes deadly demonstrations demanding wider freedoms. The Oromia regional government confirmed the death toll at 52.
Protesters run from tear gas being fired by police.
The protest grew out of the annual Irrecha thanksgiving event, attended by an estimated two million people.
Demonstrators chant slogans while flashing the Oromo protest gesture.
The gesture was in the spotlight at the Rio Olympics, when Ethiopian marathoner Feyisa Lilesa, who is from the Oromia region, crossed his wrists while finishing in second place.
A man checks on a victim of the stampede.
Demonstrators chant slogans.
Police officers watch as demonstrators chant slogans.