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December 12, 2018
ATTENTION EDITORS - VISUAL COVERAGE OF SCENES OF INJURY Ethiopian Federal Police officers detain a woman...
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Pictures of the Year: A picture and its story
ATTENTION EDITORS - VISUAL COVERAGE OF SCENES OF INJURY Ethiopian Federal Police officers detain a woman suspected to be carrying explosives during the welcoming ceremony of Jawar Mohammed, U.S.-based Oromo activist and leader of the Oromo Protests, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia August 5, 2018. Reuters photographer Tiksa Negeri: "August 5 was a joyous day for thousands of young ethnic Oromo youths in Ethiopia as they celebrated the return of Jawar Mohammed, the exiled leader of their struggle who is a U.S.-based social media activist. The youths were dancing and chanting slogans in front of Addis Ababa's Bole International Airport as they waited for their hero to land there. Some youths were assigned as security guards to check people arriving for the celebration and accompanying concert. I was out on the street to shoot the event. The atmosphere was joyous, everybody enjoying themselves, holding up Jawar portraits. About 30 minutes later, however, I bumped into some angry youths beating a young woman who apparently had refused to be checked and was suspected of carrying explosives. I followed them as they hustled her towards police. I was glad she was finally handed to police custody in one piece and she was taken away for investigation. I never heard of reports about her after that. I felt like I was in the right place to get the handover of the young woman, with her regretful expression, and I immediately got on my knees and took this picture. Not long after she was taken away, the crowd got back into the mood of dancing and celebration." REUTERS/Tiksa Negeri SEARCH "POY STORY" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "REUTERS POY" FOR ALL BEST OF 2018 PACKAGES. TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY.
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