Oromos in Diaspora Rally to Commemorate the Victims of the 2016 Irreecha Massacre and Protest the Violence and Political Repression in Ethiopia
The Irreecha massacre, by the TPLF forces, on October 2, 2016 in Bishoftu, where an estimated 678 peaceful celebrators were murdered, marked a major turning point in the Oromo history.
This year, while celebrating the Irreecha festival, Oromo communities in the Diaspora will commemorate those who were murdered in Bishoftu on October 2, 2016 by the Ethiopian government forces and the conditions they created to victimize innocent people. Irreecha is an ancient Oromo cultural tradition which survived many years of repression, and continues to flourish. It is observed in late September and early October annually at the historic Lake (Hora) Arsadi near the town of Bishoftu, about 25 miles south of Finfinee (Addis Ababa). In recent years three to five million people attended the annual festival. For the Oromo, the day and the ground of the Irreecha celebrations are sacred. Participants gather and proceed in peace (nagaa); with greeneries in their hands, they chant praise to their God and pray for good life and prosperity for their families.