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Residents of Bishoftu crossed their wrists above their heads as a symbol for the Oromo anti-government protesting movement during the Oromo new year holiday Irreechaa in Bishoftu on October 2, 2016.
Several people were killed in a stampede near the Ethiopian capital on October 2 after police fired tear gas at protesters during a religious festival, according to an AFP photographer at the scene. Several thousand people had gathered at a sacred lake to take part in the Irreecha ceremony, in which the Oromo community marks the end of the rainy season, where participants crossed their wrists above their heads, a gesture that has become a symbol of Oromo anti-government protests. The event quickly degenerated, with protesters throwing stones and bottles and security forces responding with baton charges and then tear gas grenades. / AFP / Zacharias ABUBEKER        (Photo credit should read ZACHARIAS ABUBEKER/AFP/Getty Images)

After American Killed in Ethiopia Unrest, Ambassador Says Protests Should Never Have Happened

Ethiopia has been experiencing social unrest for nearly a year. And after a weekend stampede, the protests have grown in size.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 21:  Silver medalist Feyisa Lilesa of Ethiopia stands on the podium during the medal ceremony for the Men's Marathon during the Closing Ceremony on Day 16 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Maracana Stadium on August 21, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Ethiopian Olympian: Prime Minister’s Claims I Was Coerced into Protest Are ‘False and Insulting’

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TOPSHOT - Ethiopia's Feyisa Lilesa (silver) crosses the finish line of the Men's Marathon athletics event during the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Sambodromo in Rio de Janeiro on August 21, 2016.  
Lilesa crossed his arms above his head as he finished the race as a protest against the Ethiopian government's crackdown on political dissent.
 / AFP / Adrian DENNIS        (Photo credit should read ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images)

Ethiopian PM Blames Olympic Protest on U.S.-Based Dissenters

In interviews with FP, top Ethiopian officials said that Feyisa Lilesa should not fear for his safety, but that an independent human rights rapporteur will not be allowed into the country.

Ethiopia's Feyisa Lilesa crossed his arms above his head at the finish line of the Men's Marathon athletics event of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Sambodromo in Rio de Janeiro on August 21, 2016.  
Lilesa crossed his arms above his head as he finished the race as a protest against the Ethiopian government's crackdown on political dissent.
 / AFP / OLIVIER MORIN        (Photo credit should read OLIVIER MORIN/AFP/Getty Images)

Congressmen Point to Protesting Ethiopian Olympic Runner as Victim in Fight for Freedom

U.S. congressmen are introducing legislation to protect Ethiopian civilians like the Olympic marathoner who raised his hands in an X as he crossed the finish-line in Rio.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 21:  Feyisa Lilesa of Ethiopia celebrates as he crosses the line to win silver during the Men's Marathon on Day 16 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Sambodromo on August 21, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  (Photo by Buda Mendes/Getty Images)

An Olympic Protest Is the Least of Ethiopia’s Worries

Security services are killing demonstrators by the hundreds. But instead of restoring order, the government is tearing itself apart.

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Ethiopian Government Promises to Welcome Home Anti-Government Olympian as ‘Hero’

An Ethiopian marathoner is urged to come home after protesting his government at the Olympics.

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AMARA, ERITREA:  Eritrean children play 07 June 1991 on an Ethiopian army tank. The roadside was destroyed by Eritrean Liberation Front (EPLF) rebels in the battle for Amara, the capital city of Eritrea, that fell 20 May to EPLF rebels after 17 years of war. (Photo credit should read )

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People mourn the death of Dinka Chala who was shot dead by the Ethiopian forces the day earlier, in the Yubdo Village, about 100 km from Addis Ababa in the Oromia region, on 17 December 2015. 
Dinka Chala was accused of protesting, but his family says he was not involved. Tensions have been riding high between the population of Oromia and the Federal Government of Ethiopia. The population of Oromia are unhappy with the current Master Plan which is overtaking Oromo lands surrounding Addis Ababa. The protests have been ongoing for the past three weeks, with government responding in force with live ammunition. The Government also claims death tolls of around 5, the unofficial figure made by protesters has reached up to 40+.  / AFP / ZACHARIAS ABUBEKER        (Photo credit should read ZACHARIAS ABUBEKER/AFP/Getty Images)

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A Yemeni Jew (C) arrives to an immigration centre in the Israeli city of Beersheba on March 21, 2016 following a secret rescue operation to evacuate a group of 19 Jews from war-torn Yemen to Israel.



Israel has spirited 19 Jews out of war-torn Yemen in a "covert operation" to rescue some of the last remnants of one of the world's most ancient Jewish communities, officials said. The operation transporting them to Israel almost brings to an end the Jewish community in Yemen, which once numbered around 60,000 people and dates back some 2,000 years.

 / AFP / MENAHEM KAHANA        (Photo credit should read

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Canadian Navy sailor stays alert while guarding World Food Programme (WFP) ship into Mogadishu as they provide on September 18, 2008 an anti-pirate escort for the ship taking food aid to Somalia. The UN Security Council in June adopted a resolution authorising foreign warships to enter Somalia's territorial waters with the government's consent to combat pirates, though it has yet to be implemented. European foreign ministers agreed to set up a special unit to coordinate the fight against piracy off Somalia, raising the possibility of an EU naval mission to the region. AFP PHOTO/SIMON MAINA (Photo credit should read SIMON MAINA/AFP/Getty Images)

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People mourn the death of Dinka Chala who was shot dead by the Ethiopian forces the day earlier, in the Yubdo Village, about 100 km from Addis Ababa in the Oromia region, on 17 December 2015. 
Dinka Chala was accused of protesting, but his family says he was not involved. Tensions have been riding high between the population of Oromia and the Federal Government of Ethiopia. The population of Oromia are unhappy with the current Master Plan which is overtaking Oromo lands surrounding Addis Ababa. The protests have been ongoing for the past three weeks, with government responding in force with live ammunition. The Government also claims death tolls of around 5, the unofficial figure made by protesters has reached up to 40+.  / AFP / ZACHARIAS ABUBEKER        (Photo credit should read ZACHARIAS ABUBEKER/AFP/Getty Images)

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