Ethiopia | daily news Jul 13, 2019

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Ethiopia’s Oromia regional state has confirmed that there will be no armed security personnel at this year’s Irreecha festival. Security on the day will be handled by unarmed police and another 300 young people whose mandate will be to prevent unethical behaviour. A top official involved in the organization of the annual cultural festival of the Oromo people further disclosed that it would be kept strictly within its cultural boundaries with no politics allowed. displayAdvert("mpu_3") This year, the government should consider whether a much lighter security force presence would best serve to minimize the potential for violence, and in any case, ensure that security force personnel minimize and seek to avoid any use of force. The festival takes place every October 1 in the town of Bishoftu – located some 40km southeast of the capital, Addis Ababa. The event took an ugly turn last year when a stampede led to loss of lives. The government said over 50 people were killed as a result and declared three days of national mourning. Activists and rights groups, however, blamed the highhandedness of security forces for the incident. Deadly protests that followed led to the imposition of a state of emergency about a week

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