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Dozens Killed in Stampede at Ethiopian Protest
Dozens were crushed to death Sunday in a stampede after police fired tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse an anti-government protest.
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.
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.
Police officers watch as demonstrators chant slogans.