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IRREECHA NEWS: PROTESTS BREAK OUT AT IRREECHA HORA FINFINNE FESTIVAL IN ETHIOPIA’S CAPITAL CALLING ABIY AHMED DOWNFALL

Finfinne, October 02/2021 – Protests calling for the release of Oromo political prisoners, PM Abiy Ahmed downfall and calling Abiy Ahmed as terrorist and the genocider.

The Oromoo Qeerroo and Qarree protester praising the Oromo Liberation Army commander widely known as Jaal Maroo broke out in finfinne today in the midst of Irreecha (The Oromo Thanksgiving) 2021 celebrations. 

Qeerroo and qarree Protest photo by AT oct 2, 2021
Qeerroo and qarree Protest Video by AT oct 2, 2021
Protest at meskel Square. AT/2021

In a heavy presence of federal police,  people gathered in the early hours of the morning at Hora Finfinne in the center of the Capital Addis Abeba to perform rituals.

Not long after,  protesters started shouting slogans like “Jawar, Jawar, Jawar”, and “Maroo”.

Qeerroo and qarree Protest Video by AT oct 2, 2021

Protesters also shouting Slogan like “Down Down Abiy”, Abiy is the terrorist.

Qeerroo and qarree Protest Video by AT oct 2, 2021

AT broadcasting the protest from the Finfinne meskel Square as the security apparatus response has been measured so far, injuries have occurred and those injured have been moved to Zeweditu Hospital and the police made arrests at the premise of the festival at Meskel Square.

Qeerroo and qarree Protest Video by AT oct 2, 2021

Despite the Irreecha festival evolving through the decades into a platform for the Oromo youth to express their concerns about the existing political and subsequent economic and social challenges their communities face. 

The organizer of the festival and the Tulama Abba Gadaa Gobena Hola highly influenced by pp cadres to talk with medias and yesterday in a talk with BBC Amahric Abba Gada warned attendees to refrain from platforming any political agendas at the festival. “We come to the water carrying only grass, there’s no need to exaggerate which flag to wave,” he said referring to the flag of the Oromo Liberation Front (OLF) that symbolizes resistance and is often prohibited from entering the premises of the festival. But the flag of Oromo was seen from the center of finfinne.

Today is the first day of a two day  celebration at Hora Finfinne in finfinne and Hora Arsadi in Bishoftu city (47 km south of finfinne), the celebration will move to Bishoftu to perform final rituals at Lake Hora tomorrow

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