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ECA CHICAGO CALLS FOR CANDLELIGHT VIGIL OVER BISHOFTU TRAGEDY

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 3, 2016

Chicago, IL – The Ethiopian Community Association of Chicago calls community members in the Chicago area to gather for a candlelight vigil for victims of the recent tragedy in Bishoftu to take place this Thursday, October 6, 2016, 6:00pm at the ECAC Community Center (1730 W Greenleaf Ave).

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On Sunday, October 2, 2016 hundreds of Ethiopians perished and thousands were injured in Bishoftu in the Oromia State of Ethiopia following mass protests that led to clashes with security authorities and a mass stampede. Tens of thousands of people gathered to celebrate the Annual Iretcha Holiday, a major Oromo cultural and religious holiday event that takes place every year around this time. It is very unsettling that such a great celebration this year has turned into a mass tragedy.

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