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Ethiopian Forces Should Show Restraint at Upcoming Festival

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Click to expand Image Armed security forces watch during the Irreecha cultural festival in Bishoftu, Ethiopia on October 2, 2016.  © 2016 Minasse Wondimu Hailu/Getty Images Each year, massive crowds gather in the town of Bishoftu in Ethiopia’s Oromia region for the Oromo harvest festival of Irreecha. It’s one of the year’s most important cultural and religious events for millions of ethnic Oromos. But this year’s festival, on October 3 and 4, occurs against the backdrop of escalating tensions and unrest in Oromia. On June 29, the assassination of popular Oromo singer Hachalu Hundessa…

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