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#OromoProtests 2020 Peaceful Global Solidarity Rally in Berlin, Minnesota, Manchester, Sweden, Canada on 9 and 10 July 2020 July 10, 2020

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CBS Minnesota: Demonstrators Block Off 35W Bridge, Protesting Killing Of HacaaluuHundeessaa, #OromoProtests

Global News Canada: Rally at Alberta legislature to protest Ethiopian government after singer killed




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By Faisal A. Roble, Wardheer News, July 8, 2020

Within two years since he became the Prime Minister of Ethiopia, Dr. Abiy Ahmed appears to have lost the support of his Oromo core constituency. The recent arrests of prominent Oromo leaders and intellectuals (Jawar Mohamed and Dr. Bekale Garba and others) as well as the reported resignation of Lemma Megarsa from the post of Minister of Defense does not bode well for the future of Dr. Abiy.

PM Abiy Ahmed

Early signs of his downward slide to the abys is marked by his abrupt and less thoughtful response to his critic who challenged his maltreatment of the Oromo question: “If they cut my flesh, they would find out that the blood in me is pure Oromo” emotionally said Abiy.  Such a tantrum and personalized response from a Prime Minister of 110 million country is emblematic of his desperation to win back the Oromo masses.

As his critics allege, the Prime Minister’s thinning political muscle is attributed to his “Medemer” (in Amharic, synergy in unity) philosophy which seeks to minimize the prominence of ethnic diversity as a legitimate and logical tool to resolve historical injustices in Ethiopia. Instead, Dr. Abiy prefers to create a new Ethiopia where Ethnic sentiments are whipped out, thus closing safe spaces for ethnic groups to navigate, are closed in favor of creating a single-story Ethiopia (read Chimamanda Adichie’s accounts on the dangers of a single-story narrative).  

In many ways, Dr. Abiy is travelling a similar route traveled by the likes of Mao Zedong and Kim El-Sung, or even Mengistu Haile Marriam. These autocrats tried to replace objective historical narratives with ample safe spaces for their respective groups in their countries with their own socially engineered single-story narrative. To his premature demise, Dr. Abiy is doing the same.  

If not a pie in the sky, it is a monumental task to reimagine or sustain in its archaic shape the Ethiopian empire or what some critics call the Menelik project, the only empire in sub-Sahar Africa.  That is where he lost track and begun a fast-paced down spiral to the abyss in a short period of time.

Reforming Ethiopia has not been an easy task. Since emperor Haile Selassie proclaimed an imperial constitution in 1931, which revised the medieval rule of Fetha Negast, and in 1955 to modernize its parliament to annex Eritrea, subsequent administrations with different ideologies tried to reform the empire but to no avail; Mengistu Haile Mariam tried his own version of socialism under Ethiopia Tikdom; Meles Zenawi tried to establish a Tigran oligarchy in the name of federalism. In both cases, the empire, and the people inside it were massacred and subjected to genocide in the case of Somalis.

Dr. Abiy is one of a long line of rulers trying to reimagine the empire, only this time with his peculiar philosophy called “Medemer,” which embraced imperial history and symbols of oppression, his critics argue, without consulting or giving due respect to competing viewpoints presented by those conquered. Like his predecessors, he violently violated a federal constitution that he had inherited for the sole aim of extending his rule.

If any, “Medemer” has exposed Dr. Abiy’s fragility and hastened the waning of his influence within his own Oromo or other nationalities. Intellectually, he fumbled when he blamed Ethiopia’s political ills on imported concepts such as class struggle, regional, ethnic, or gender divisions. Without these foreign concepts, argues Dr. Abiy, Ethiopian peoples are one family.

One encounters in “medemer” lines very similar to 18th century’s Henri de Saint-Simo’s Utopian philosophy – even naiver than that. Dr. Abiy wishes away societal raptures that existed since the inception of the empire. In so doing, he negates established social science theories by arguing that without imported western philosophies, Ethiopia would have been a one family entity.

Such a naive believe and distorted world outlook led him to try to coerce Oromo, Somali, or other politicians in the regions to abandon their age-old political questions in favor of reviving a single idyllic but unattainable “one Ethiopian narrative.”

Akin to the late Maputo Sese Sseko’s Authenticity philosophy, Abiy’s “Medemer” purports to replace western philosophy with an “Ethiopianist philosophy.” By Western philosophy, he means the use of class struggle, identity consciousness, gender, and regional issues. He therefore negates the need for safe spaces for different social groups to navigate both as groups and as individuals.

Inspired by his mother’s dream that Abiy is the “7th Negus,” he takes his role in Ethiopian politics as a messianic assignment.  Any force that stands in the way of such a celestial arrival of the “7th Negus” is doomed to burn in hail or in Ethiopian prisons.

Losing Global Support

As the news about the current political crisis spreads, Dr. Abiy is losing the admiration and adulation that led him to receive the Nobel Prize for Peace. Many of the Non-Profit groups and opinion makers that had lobbied on his behave have abandoned him. The International Crisis Group, Amnesty International, and Human Rights Watch have all assess his autocratic rule with unkind eyes.

Also, most of Arab nations who were initially infatuated with his first year in office and kindly opened their thick wallets reportedly are leaving his circle. The squabble over the utilization of the Nile water by Ethiopia and Egypt do not help. The conflict over the Nile does not help either. As to the Western, they unofficially abandoned him.  Neither does his racist comments about Black and Jews in the era of George Floyd help.

 In a recent interview that Ambassador Shinn gave to Aljazeera, he stated that the US is not happy about the autocratic trend the country is taking under Dr. Abiy. Served as the US Ambassador to Ethiopian between 1996 and 1999, Ambassador Shinn is a keen observer of the politics of the Horn of Africa.

PM Abiy with President Afwerki

Then there is the Isaias Afwerki factor. President Afwerki’s success to be sitting on the front driver’s seat in the affairs of Ethiopia is a sign to show that Dr. Abiy’s government is a failed state. In other words, when the very country that has been seeking your demise is your protectorate, it is obvious how precarious the rule of Dr. Abiy is.

Writing on and listening to Ethiopians in the diaspora with keen interest in the last 30 years, many, more so Amharas in the diaspora, see President Afwerki as the eternal enemy of their country, no matter what shape Ethiopia takes. That is, whether Ethiopia is a federal, democratic, or authoritarian state, Afwerki is still their enemy, this group believes. After all, he seceded two ports (Meswa and Asab) from “the motherland,” they argue, and rendered this110 the country a virtual landlocked. They see no room for forgiveness.

Arresting and allegedly beating the most prominent and political dissident of the Amhara extraction, Lidatu Ayalow, following the arrests of Jawar Mohamed and Dr. Bakale Garba, is tantamount to pouring benzene into a blazing fire. Neither does reported Eritrean commands in Addis Ababa and Adama cool off the political temperature.

One may wonder, therefore, why Dr. Abiy is not distancing himself from Afwerki. Pragmatic politics dictates him to not create an enemy out of Afwerki. But at the same time friending his is a huge liability.

President Afwerki is neither a friend nor a foe to any political leader in the Horn of Africa region, and more so to Ethiopia. In the eyes of many Ethiopians, Afwerki is the devil that you do not want to be with or against. To borrow what the late Dr. Ali Mazrui said about the complex influence of the Buganda tribe in Uganda’s politics, that “ you can’t rule Uganda with or without the Buganda,” one can say about Afwerik’s factor in Ethiopian politics. Dr. Abiy cannot rule Ethiopia with or without Afwerki. Because of that, Abiy is a hostage to Afwerki whether he recognizes it or not.

Without securing the support of Oromo and other ethnic groups plus the dicey Afwerki factor, tough days are ahead of Dr. Abiy. Some even predict that his reign may not last long. His weakening of the power grip is hastened by naked ploy to framing and arresting opposition groups for trumped up treason crimes, when what they did is nothing but carrying out peaceful political activities, symbolizes the beginning of a rough road that leads to hell.

Faisal A. Roble
Email: faisalroble19@gmail.com
Faisal Roble, a writer, political analyst and a former Editor-in-Chief of WardheerNews, is mainly interested in the Horn of Africa region. He is currently the Principal Planner for the City of Los Angeles in charge of Master Planning, Economic Development and Project Implementation Division

CTV News: Ethiopia’s week of unrest sees 239 dead, 3,500 arrested July 8, 2020

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Ethiopia’s week of unrest sees 239 dead, 3,500 arrested

Elias Meseret, The Associated Press

Published Wednesday, July 8, 2020Ethiopia

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ADDIS ABABA, ETHIOPIA — At least 239 people have been killed and 3,500 arrested in more than a week of unrest in Ethiopia that poses the biggest challenge yet to its Nobel Peace Prize-winning prime minister.

In the Oromia region, the toll includes 215 civilians along with nine police officers and five militia members, regional police commissioner Mustafa Kedir told the ruling party-affiliated Walta TV on Wednesday.

Officials earlier said 10 people were killed in the capital, Addis Ababa, eight of them civilians, amid outrage after a popular singer was shot dead last Monday.

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Hachalu Hundessa had been a rallying voice in anti-government protests that led to Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed taking power in 2018. Abiy swiftly introduced political reforms that also opened the way for long-held ethnic and other grievances in Africa’s second most populous country.

The military was deployed during the outrage that followed Hachalu’s death.

In remarks last week while wearing a military uniform, Abiy said dissidents he recently extended an offer of peace had “taken up arms” in revolt against the government. He hinted there could be links between this unrest and the killing of the army chief last year as well as the grenade thrown at one of his own rallies in 2018.

The 3,500 arrests have included that of a well-known Oromo activist, Jawar Mohammed, and more than 30 supporters. It is not clear what charges they might face. The Oromo make up Ethiopia’s largest ethnic group but had never held the country’s top post until they helped bring Abiy to power.

Local reports have said that in some places ethnic Oromo have attacked ethnic Amhara, and in Shashamane town some people were going home to home checking identity cards and targeting Amhara residents.

Businesses have now begun opening slowly in Oromia after the violence in which several hundred homes in Ethiopia were burned or damaged.

But Ethiopia’s internet service remains cut, making it difficult for rights monitor and others to track the scores of killings.

The Conversation: #HaCaaluuHundeessaa: charismatic musician who wasn’t afraid to champion Ethiopia’s Oromo July 8, 2020

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Anyone who steps into the public sphere in Ethiopia is also a potential political leader. In this atmosphere, an outspoken musician runs a high risk of falling foul of the authorities.

One such story unfolded last week – the inexplicable, and still unresolved, murder in Addis Ababa of Hachalu Hundessa, the 34-year-old singer from the southern region of Oromia. The Oromo make up Ethiopia’s largest ethnic group and are frequently referred to as a ‘marginalised majority’ that has been locked out of power until the last election.

The country is still stunned. Addis Ababa has erupted in protests that have left scores dead and dozens arrested. With the arrests of Oromo leaders, protests have spread as far as Minneapolis and London, cities with Oromo diasporas.

Politically motivated killings are certainly nothing new for Ethiopia, but this particular murder has touched the biggest nerve in decades, in part because Hachalu Hundessa was perceived to be a man of the people.

The murder is consistent with an ongoing story of musicians as political dissidents in a tinderbox regime. As perhaps the most beloved Oromo musician, he was a pre-eminent cultural figure for a third of the population – some 35 million people. His murder illustrates the total enmeshing of cultural, political and economic challenges in a country experiencing seismic changes.

Hachalu Hundessa always considered himself to be at risk, and people loved him because he didn’t let that risk keep him quiet. Click here to read the full article

DW: Ethiopia’s democratization at risk July 7, 2020

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Ethiopian prime-minister Abiy Ahmed was once awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for ending a war and raising hopes of democratic change. These hopes are being dashed by his heavy-handed response to anti-government protests.

Large anti-government protests that broke out last week, following the assassination of popular Oromo musician Haacaaluu Hundeessaa, soon led to a government clamp-down. So far, more than 166 people have been killed and almost 2,300 arrested, including leaders of the opposition. Ethiopians have been cut off from the internet for an entire week as soldiers and police continue to patrol the streets of the capital Addis Ababa and other hotspots.

The scenario is reminiscent of similar crises in authoritarian-led countries.

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የአርትስት ሃጫሉ ሁንዴሳ ፖለቲካዊ ግድያ እንድምታ እና ቀጣዩ የኢትዮጵያ ህዝብ የትግል ምዕራፍ #HacaaluuHundeessaa #OromoProtests July 7, 2020

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ODEESSA=======Bilxiginnaan damee Oromiyaa (kan Afaan Oromoo dubbattu) walgahii godhattee waan armaan gadii murteeffatte. 1. Miidiyaa mootummaa fi kan Nafxanyootaa hunda fayyadamuun akka mormiin Oromiyaa keessaa toyannoo jaraa jala ooletti fakkeessanii ololuu, 2. Ajjeechaa fi hidhaa miseensa mormitootaa fi aktivistoota mootummaa qeeqan irratti godhamu jabeessanii itti fufuu, 3. Paartii Bilxiginnaa keessatti Oromoota waan mootummaan godhaa jiru kana irratti mormii calaqqisan qabanii hidhuu,4. Hacaaluun kan ajjeefame mooraadhuma qabsoo Oromootiin kan jedhuun Oromootti gara galchanii olola sobaatiin Nafxanyoota gaafatama jalaa baasuu5. Manguddoota Oromoo keessaa dantaadhaan salphaatti bitaman funaananii masaraa geessuun MM waliin footoo kaasanii ittiin Oromoo afanfaajjessuu, hamilee cabsuu. Ummanni keenya waan kana dursee itti dammaquun summii diinnni biiftu kamuu ofirraa haxaawee qabsoo isaa finiinsuu irratti akka fuulleffatu dhaamna.Qajeelcha:========1ffaa. Ummanni Oromoo guutuu Oromiyaa keessa jiruu fi kan ala jiru hunduu afaan faajjii ummata keenyarratti hojjetamaa jiru hubatee akka ummanni keenya hinburjaajofne godhuudhan qabsoo isaa kan karaa nagayaa itti fufuu qaba.2ffaa. Jaarsoliin biyyaa Oromoo shira ummata keenyarratti dalagamaa jiru hubachuudhan meeshaa diinaa akka hintaane gaafanna.3ffaa. Dabballoonni jaraa kan ummata keenya keessa faca’anii shira kanarratti hirmaachaa jiran akka karaa diinaa kanarraa deebi’an cimsinee nigaafanna. Warra kana gochuu dides ummanni keenya xireeffatee hariiroo hawaasummaa fi diinagdee isaan faana qabu akka dhaabuf dirqamu hubatamuu qaba.4ffaa. Afaan faajjifi olola mediyaa mootummaa harka jiruu fi mediyaa nafxanyootatiin ummata keenyarratti godhamuudhaf deemaa jiru ofirraa qoluudhaf mediyaalen Oromooti fi aktivistoonni Oromoo gocha diinaa kanarratti akka xiyeeffatan nigaafanna.5ffaa. Qabsoo karaa nagayaa ummanni keenya jalqabe hamma sirni nafxanyaa akka haaratti nurraatti ijaaramaa jiru ofirraa buqqifnutti kan itti fufu ta’uun hubatamee ummanni keenya tokkoomee akka falmatu ni gaafanna.

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#OromoProtests 2020 Peaceful Global Solidarity Continues #HacaaluuHundeessaa #Seattle #Beirut #Minnesota July 6, 2020

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#OromoProtests 2020 Peaceful Global Solidarity Continues #HacaaluuHundeessaa #Oromia #Seattle #Beirut #Minnesota USA, UK #London, #Australia, #Toronto, Canada #Germany, EU











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Haacaaluu Hundeessaa: A towering musician and an Oromo icon

Haacaaluu inspired a whole generation of Oromos to fight for their rights. His tragic death is an incalculable loss.


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1 week ago in Ethiopia, Haacaalu Hundeessaaa, an iconic Oromo singer, songwriter and activist was assassinated, two U.S. citizens were unlawfully detained, the government has cut off the internet nationwide and BBC News report over 166 citizens have been murdered.Haacaalu was not an ordinary musician. He came from a lineage of poets and scholars and inspired people not only through his music, but through his life. Haacaaluu was imprisoned at the age of 17, and it was in his 5 years in prison that he learned to compose lyrics and melodies. He was deeply knowledgeable on Oromo culture and history and was committed to connecting us all to the Oromo’s aspirations through his gift. This is the Official Facebook page in support of the #OromoProtests global movement.

ከኦሮሚያ ቄሮ የተሰጠ ቀጣይ የትግል አቅጣጫ መግለጫ KMN:- July 06-2020================መላው የሀገራችን ህዝቦች እንደምትገነዘቡት የኦሮሞ ህዝብ ተወዳጁን አርቲስት ሃጫሉ ሁንዴሳን በጠላቶቹ ተነጥቋል:: የትግላችን መሪ የሆኑ እንቁ ታጋዮቻችን በመንግስት እንዲታሰሩ አድርጎአል። ህዝባችን ላይ የግድያ የእስርና የማሰቃየት ስራዎች ተፈጽመዋል። በኦሮሚያ ክልል በርካታ ህይወት በመንግስት ታጣቂ ሀይሎች እየረገፈ ይገኛል:: በመሆኑ አዲስ የትግል ምእራፍ ውስጥ ለመግባት ተገደናል:: ከዚህ በመነሳት የኦሮሞ ቄሮ ይህን የትግል አቅጣጫ አስቅምጧል።መላው የሀገራችን ህዝቦች እስከ ሰኔ 30/ 2012 ድረስ ለኑሮ አስፈላጊ የሆኑ ምግብ ነክና መሰል ቁሳቁሶችን እንዲያዘጋጁ/እንዲያከማቹ ከወዲሁ እናሳስባለን:: ከሐምሌ 1/ 2012 ጀምሮ፣ በኦሮሚያ ውስጥ ማንኛውም አይነት እንቅስቃሴ ሙሉ በሙሉ እንዲቆም ይደረጋል። የፈሰሰው የሀጫሉ ሁንዴሳ ደም ወደ ቤታችን እንድንመለስ አያደርገንም። የቱንም ያክል መስዋእትነት የሚጠይቀን ቢሆን እንኳን ትግላችን እስከ ነፃነት ድረስ ይቀጥላል። መሪያችን ጀዋር መሐመድ “የኦሮሞን ህዝብና አምላክን ተማምኜ ነው ወደ አገር የገባሁት” ብሎ ነበር። እኛም ለዚህ ውድ ጀግናችን አስተማማኝ አለኝታ መሆናችንን ለማሳየት ቁርጠኞች መሆናችንን በተግባር እናሳያለን:: አሁን ለኛ ለኦሮሞ ህዝብ ብሎ በእስር እንዲማቂቅ መደረጉ በእስር እንዲማቅቅ መደረጉ ለሰፊው የኦሮሞ ህዝብ ውርደት ነው ብለንም ስለምናምን እሱንና ሌሎች ከሱ ጋር የታሰሩ ውድ መሪዎቻችንን ለጠላት ጥለን እጃችንን አጣጥፈን ልንቀመጥ አንችልም:: ነፍጠኞች ” የኦሮሞን ታዋቂና ተፅእኖ ፈጣሪ ሰውን ብንገድል ኦሮሞ ለ አንድ ሳምንት ተንጫጭቶ ወደቤቱ ይመለሳል የሚል የተዛባ አስተሳሳብ እንዳላቸው ጠንቅቀን እናውቃለን:: በዚህም ሊያላግጡብን ይዳዳቸዋል:: በርግጥ ለነፃነት የምናደርገውን ትግላችንን አቋርጠን ወደየቤታችን ከተመለስን እንዲህ ዓይነቱ ማላገጥ በሰፊው እንደሚቀጥል የሚያጠያይቅ ጉዳይ አይደለም። ያ እንዲሆን አንዳች እድል ልንሰጥ አንችልም:: የሃጫሉ ግድያንና የመሪዎቻችንን እስራት ትተን ወደ ቤታችን ብንመለስ እንደ ህዝብ እራሳችንን ቀና አድርገን ለመራመድ ከአንድ ምእተ አመት በላይ ሊወስድብን ነው:: ስለዚህ በዚህ ዙር የምናካሂደው ትግል ከሌሎች ጊዜም ለየት ያለና በቆራጥ አቋም የምናከናውነው እንደሚሆን ልንገልፅላችሁ እንወዳለን:: በመሆኑም የፊታችን ሳምንት የሚካሄደው አዲሱ የትግል ምእራፍ የትግል አቅጣጫ ከዚህ እንደሚከተለዉ የተቀመጠ ሲሆን ይህ የትግል ሳምንትም “የነፃነት ጮራ” ተብሎ ተሰይሟል። 1. የነፃነት ጮራ ሳምንት የትግል አቅጣጫዎች1.1. ከየትኛውም አቅጣጫ ወደ አዲስ አበባ የሚወስዱ ጎዳናዎችና ድልድዮች ሙሉ በሙሉ ይዘጋሉ::1.2. ወደ ፊንፊኔ የሚገቡ የውኃና የኤሌክትሪክ አገልግሎት መስመሮች ሙሉ በሙሉ ይቆራረጣሉ:: 1.3. በኦሮሚያ ክልል ሙሉ በሙሉ የተሽከርካሪ እንቂቅስቃሴ እንዲቆም ይደረጋል።ፍንፍኔም የኦሮሚያ ከተማ እንደመሆኗ ወደ ከተማዋ የሚገቡና የሚወጡ ተሽከርካሪዎች ሙሉ በሙሉ እንዲቋረጡ ይደረጋል። እንዲንቀሳቀስ የሚፈቀድለት ተሽከርካሪ አምቡላንስ ብቻ ይሆናል:: እነርሱም ቢሆን ተፈትሸው በህክምና ተግባራቸው ላይ ብቻ የተሰማሩ እንደሆነ የማረጋገጥ ተግባር ይከናወናል። 1.4. በየትኛዉም የኦሮሚያ አካባቢ ለሕዝብ መጨቆኛ የሚውሉ የመንግስት ተቋማት – የወረዳ አስተዳደር: የከተማ አስተዳደር: የደህንነት ድርጅቶችና መሰል የመንግስት የአፈናና የግድያ ተቋማት ሙሉ በሙሉ ይወድማሉ ። 1.5. ከሚሊሻዎችና ከታጠቁ የመንግስት አካላት የሚፈቱ መሳሪያዎችን በሀገር ሽማግሌዎችና በአባ ገዳዎች አማካኝነት የመሳሪያ ልምድ ያላቸው ግልሰቦች እንዲታጠቁት ይደረጋል::1.6. በመንግስት የፀጥታና ደህንነት ተቋማት ውስጥ ተቀጥረው ህዝባችንን በመሰለልን አሳልፈው በሚሰጡ አካላት ላይ ተመጣጣኝ እርምጃ ይወሰዳል:: 2. የነፍጠኛ ስርዓት አቀንቃኝ የሆነዉን መንግስት በማገልገል ላይ ለምትገኙ የሀገር መከላከያ/የፖሊስና የፀጥታ አካላት 2.1. በመውደቅ አፋፍ ላይ የሚገኝን ስርዓት እንታደግ ብላችሁ ህዝባችሁ ላይ ማንኛውንም አይነት እርምጃ ከመውሰድ እንድትቆጠቡ እናሳስባለን:: 2.2. በኦሮሚያ ክልል ውስጥ ሆናችሁ ስርዓቱን በማገልገል ላይ ያላችሁ የመከላከያ/ የደህንነትና የፓሊስ አካላት የመንግስትን እኩይ አካሄድ ወደ ጎን በመተው ከሰፊው የኦሮሞ ህዝብ ትግልን እንድትቀላቀሉ ከወዲሁ ጥሪያችንን እናቀርባለን:: 3.ማሳሰቢያ———3.1. የኦሮሞ ህዝብ ትግል በቀጥታ የሚያነጣጥረው የነፍጠኛው ስርዓት ላይ እንጂ የትኛውም ብሔር/ሀይማኖት ላይ አይደለም:: ስለሆነም በዚህ ትግል ውስጥ የትኛውም በኦሮሚያ ክልል ውስጥ የሚኖር ብሔር ብሔረሰብም ሆነ የሀይማኖት ተቋማት አይነኩም:: የኦሮሞ ቄሮ እንደዚህ አይነት ጉዳዮችን በትኩረት ይከውናል:: አስፈላጊ የሆኑ ጥበቃዎችን ያደርጋል – ያስደርጋል! 3.2. ከሀምሌ 1 ጀምሮ ተግባራዊ የሚደረጉ ከኦሮሞ ቄሮ የተላለፉ ከላይ የተዘረዘሩትን የእንቅስቃሴ ገደቦችን በመተላለፍና በማንአለብኝነት አንዳች እንቅስቃሴ የሚያደርጉ አካላት ላይ አስፈላጊው እርምጃ የሚወሰድበት ሲሆን ለዚህ ሀላፊነቱን የሚወስዱት እራሳቸው እንደሚሆኑ ከወዲሁ ለማሳሰብ እንወዳለን:: ኦሮሚያ ነፃነቷን ትጎናፀፋለች! ሀገር አቀፍ የኦሮሚያ ቄሮ አመራርሰኔ 28/2012

Aljazeera: Haacaaluu Hundeessa: The protest singer who became an Oromo icon #HaacaaluuHundeessa July 4, 2020

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Popular protest singer Haacaaluu Hundeessa, whose killing earlier this week sparked deadly unrest, was one of Ethiopia’s biggest music stars whose popular songs galvanised the youth of country’s largest ethnic group, the Oromo. Click here to read the full article

The 34-year-old’s music gave voice to Oromos’ widespread sense of economic and political marginalisation during years of protests that in 2018 led to the downfall of Ethiopia’s government, sweeping Abiy Ahmed – the country’s first Oromo prime minister – to power.

“He is somebody who is seen as icon for the more than 50 million Oromos who live in Ethiopia and across Africa,” Awol Allo, senior lecturer of law at Keele University in England, told Al Jazeera, describing him as “a towering musical genius”.

Haacaaluu sang in the Oromo language but his lyrics about yearning for freedom and exhorting Ethiopians to solve their problems touched a chord more broadly.

His first album was released in 2009, after he had served five years in prison for his political activism. It was during that time when he wrote most of his songs, according to a profile in O Pride, an Oromo magazine.

His second album two years later was a hit on Amazon, but it was his single “Maalan Jira?” (What fate is mine?), released just before a wave of government-backed evictions began around the capital, Addis Ababa, in 2015, that became a rallying cry.

The song has been viewed more than three million times on YouTube.

As the government wavered, in 2017 he released Jirra, a defiant cry meaning “We Are Here” – that has become a greeting among Oromo youth. That December, he sang at a star-studded concert in Addis Ababa to raise money for displaced Oromo families.

“When people were out on the street being shot at and being killed, he comforted the Oromo people with his songs of revolution, love and resistance to the system that oppressed [them],” Tsedale Lemma, editor-in-chief of the Addis Standard publication, told Al Jazeera.

“He leaves behind a legacy of a man [who] is the institution of the consciousness of the Oromo people,” she said, noting that he embodied the struggle of his people “for equality and justice”

Over the next two years, the protests spread far beyond the Oromia region, meeting a bloody response from security forces. About 30,000 people were jailed, including activists, writers and opposition leaders.

Eventually, Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn resigned in February 2018 – unprecedented in Ethiopian history. Abiy, whose father is Oromo, was appointed prime minister instead.

Abiy released the political prisoners, unbanned many political parties and promised free and fair elections.

But some Oromo say they are still suffering government persecution – part of the region is under federal military control.

Haacaaluu was shot dead in Addis Ababa on Monday by unknown gunmen and buried on Thursday at a church in Ambo, his hometown about 100km (60 miles) west of Addis Ababa.

“He was a true freedom fighter,” Belay Aqenaw, the funeral’s organiser, said in a speech. “He was a singer who raised our spirits.”

Haacaaluu’s murder sparked protests in the capital and across the Oromia region which surrounds Addis Ababa.

Oromia regional police said on Thursday that 87 people, including four of the region’s police officers, had been killed over the last three days, with 76 seriously injured.

In a separate statement, Addis Ababa’s police said 10 people had been killed in the capital over that period, including two officers, which raises the total official toll to 97.


Can Ethiopia bridge its ethnic divide?

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BBC: Hachalu Hundessa – Ethiopia’s murdered musician who sang for freedom

Hachalu on a horse commemorating Oromo horsemen who fought and defeated Italy on the Battle of Adwa in 1896 - March 2019

More than 80 people have been killed in two days of unrest in Ethiopia following the killing of prominent singer Hachalu Hundessa.

The 34-year-old had emerged as a powerful political voice of the Oromo ethnic group, and had made many enemies during his musical career.

Two suspects were arrested after he was shot dead while driving in the capital, Addis Ababa on Monday evening. However, police have not yet revealed a motive for the killing and no charges have been brought against the suspects.

Hachalu’s funeral has taken place in his hometown of Ambo.

BBC Afaan Oromoo’s Bekele Atoma writes about the musician who was a thorn in the flesh of successive governments. Click here to read the full article

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Hawaasa Oromoo Minisootaa

Hawaasni Oromoo biyyoota addunyaa garaagaraa jiran ajjeechaa Art. Haacaaluu Hundeessaarratti raawwatameefi hidhamuu hooggantoota siyaasaa mormituu balaaleffatu gaggeefamaa jira.

US keessatti hiriirri mormii kan eegale halkan Art. Haacaaluu Hundeesssaa itti ajjeefame bulee yoo ta’u maagalota garaagaraa keessatti sirni gadda ibsachuufi ajjeechaa sana balaaleffachuu gaggeefamuu eegale itti fufeera.

Hawaasni Oromoo Minisootaa ammoo guyyaa afraffaaf hiriira itti fufee jira.

Obbo Jawaariifi Obbo Baqqaalaan mana murtiitti dhiyaatanii guyyaa gara garaatti bellamaman

Obbo Mikaa’el Booran dabalatee miseensotni Hoggansa ABO hidhaman

Dubbi himtuun hawaasa kanaa kan taatee fi mirga Oromoof dubbachuun kan beekamtuu Najaat Hamzaa bulchiinsa sadarkaa gadi jirurraa qabee hanga Federalaatti gaaffii isaanii dhiyeeessaa akka jiran BBC’tti himte.

”Wanni nuti gaafataa jirru Hooggantootni keenya hidhaa jiran akka gadlakkifamanfi mirgi Oromoo akka kabajamu dhiibbaa gochaa jirraa.”

Gaaffii tartiibaan tarreesanii miidiyaalee biyyattiin kallattiin gabaafamaa ture.

”Bulchaa Minisootaa guuyyoota as adeeman keessatti argannee dubbisuuf jenna. Karaa cufuu caalatti wanna Kanaan dura hin godhiin hedduu gochuun sagaleen keenya akka dhgaahamu gochuu dandeenyeerra” jetti aadde Najaat.

Ajjechaa Arti. Haacaaluuf haqni akka kennamu gaafachuu, dureen hawaasa Oromoo hidhaman gadhiifamuun, Intarneeta ugguurame akka gadhiifamufi mirgi saba Oromoofi saboota kaaniis haa kabajamu kan jedhu gaaffilee isaanii keessaa ijoo akka tahaniis dubbatti.

Mana Maree Bakka Bu’oota Uummataa Ameerikaattii bakka buutuu Minisootaa Ilhaan Omar waliinis walarguuf sagantaan jiraachuu Najaat himteetti.

Hawaasa Oromoo biyya UK magaalaa Landanitti hiriira gaggeessan

UK, magaalaa Landan masaraa Mootummaa Weesti Ministir fuula durattis hiriirri mormii gaggeefamaa ole.

Jiraataa Landan kan ta’e Manduu Hasan har’a hirriira kan baaneef bilisummaa uummata keenyaa, haqa Haacaaluu Hundeessaafi akkasuma hooggantootaa mataa mataa ta’an hidhuun miidhaa nurra gaheef sagalee keenya dhageessiisuuf jedhe.

Ajjechaa Haacaaluuf haqni hanga kennamutti, hooggantootni keenya hanga gadhiifamanitti yoo galuu hin barbaachisiin hin gallu, dalagaa wanti jedhamu hin jiru, daandii cufsiisnee as oolutti jirras” jedha.

Mormii isaanii seeraa biyya UK eeguun mirga sabaabfi sablammoota birootti osoo hin bu’iin ”karaa naga qabeessa ta’een sirna mootummaa Itoophiyaa balaaleffachaa jirras” jedheera.

Ajjeechaa Haacaaluu hordofuun hokkora uumameen lubbuun namaa darbe

Guyyaa har’aa biyyii Awrooppaa biroon hiriira guddaa keessummeesite ammoo Jarmani.

Magaalaa Firaankifarti keessatti hawaasni Oromoo magaalittiifi naannawaa ishee walitti qabamuun mormii isaanii dhaageessisaniiru.

Magaala Firaankifartirraa kan dubbifne obbo Abdoo Qaadii Abbaa Jabal ”guuyyaa sadii dura Qoontsilaa Itoophiyaa achitti argamu duratti sagalee keenya dhageessisuu akka feenu mootummaa Jarman gaafannee hayyama waan arganneef mormii keenya ibsachaa oollee” jedha.

Hiriira mormii kanarratti namootni kuma tokko ta’an qooda fudhachuu isaaniis nutti hime.

”Daandii guddaa Gara Qoonitsilaa geessu cufuun sagaleen keenya akka mootummaa Jarmanii bira gahu gochuun xiyyeeffannoo miidiyaalee biyyattii argachuu dandeenyeerraa jedha.

Gaaffiiwwan keenya irratti katabne xalayaan qopheessine mootummoota Awrooppaa akka gahu dhiyeessineerras jedha Obbo Abdoo Qaadiin.

”Hanga mootummaan Abbaa Irree Abiyy Ahimad kan uummata Oromoo tuffate gidiraa Uummata Oromoorratti qaqqabsiisu hanga dhaabutti, Jawaar Mohaammad, Baqqalaa Garbaafi qabsaa’onni biroon hanga hiikamanitti, dhimmi Haacaaluu hanga qulqullaa’ee ibsi kennamutti fi Oromoon nagaa argatutti duubatti hin deebinuu.”

Siwiidin magaalaa Istookhoolmi, Neezarlaands magaalaa Amisterdaam dabalatee biyyoota kaan keessattis ajjeechaa Haacaaluufi hidhaa namoota siyaasaa Oromoorratti raawwatame hordofuun hiriirri mormii fi sagaleen bulchiinsa MM Abiy Ahimad balaaleffatu gaggefameera.

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BBc Afaan Oromoo: Hawaasni Oromoo biyya alaa jiru hiriirra mormii gaggeessaa jiraHawaasni Oromoo biyyoota addunyaa garaagaraa jiran ajjeechaa Art. Haacaaluu Hundeessaarratti raawwatameefi hidhamuu hooggantoota siyaasaa mormituu balaaleffatu gaggeefamaa jira.Dubbi himtuun hawaasa Oromoo Minesotaa kan kanaa kan taatee Najaat Hamzaa bulchiinsa sadarkaa gadi jirurraa qabee hanga Federalaatti gaaffii isaanii dhiyeeessaa akka jiran BBC’tti himte.”Wanni nuti gaafataa jirru Hooggantootni keenya hidhaa jiran akka gadlakkifamanfi mirgi Oromoo akka kabajamu dhiibbaa gochaa jirraa,” jette.Dabalata: Mormii hawaasni Oromoo biyya alaa gageessaa jiruKanneen mormiif daandiitti bahanSTEPHEN MATURENCopyright: STEPHEN MATURENArticle share tools

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The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Press briefing note on Ethiopia July 3, 2020

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The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Press briefing note on Ethiopia

Spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights: Rupert ColvilleLocation: Geneva Date: 3 July 2020

Subject: Ethiopia

We are deeply concerned at violent events in Ethiopia this week where a prominent singer and activist from Oromia Region, Hachalu Hundessa, was shot and killed in the capital, Addis Ababa on Monday.The killing of Hundessa sparked protests across the country, including in the capital and in Oromia Region. While some of the protests were peaceful, a number were violent from the outset. According to information we have received, roads were reported to be blocked in most parts of Oromia Region and buildings vandalised and burnt, while there was gunfire and bomb explosions in Addis Ababa.

The authorities responded to the spread of the protests by shutting down the Internet in Oromia Region, as well as in Addis Ababa, making it extremely difficult to verify reports about the number of people killed and injured.

According to the Government, around 50 people were killed, while media sources indicated some 80 people had died, including three members of the security forces.

We note with concern that the protests following Hundessa’s killing have increasingly taken on an ethnic undertone. We therefore call on all, including young people, to stop carrying out ethnically-motivated attacks and to stop inciting to violence, acts that only serve to exacerbate underlying tensions.

We also urge the security forces to exercise restraint when managing protests and to refrain from using unnecessary or disproportionate force.

Thirty-five people were reported to have been arrested by security forces on Tuesday evening during a protest over the location of Hundessa’s funeral. According to the police, the protesters, who wanted the singer to be buried in Addis Ababa, unsuccessfully tried to prevent his body being taken to his hometown of Ambo.

His funeral went ahead in Ambo on Thursday. The shutting down of Internet services is of particular concern as it disproportionately restricts the enjoyment of the right to freedom of expression, including freedom to seek, receive and impart information and risks further exacerbating tensions.

We urge the authorities to restore Internet access without further delay.The authorities have announced that suspects in Hachalu Hundessa’s murder have been arrested. It is essential that there is a prompt, thorough, independent, impartial and transparent investigation into his death to ensure those responsible are held accountable. The victims and their families have the right to justice, the truth and reparations.We also stand ready to provide support to the Ethiopian Human Rights Commission in its investigation of potential human rights violations during these violent events.ENDS

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Singer’s Killing Shows Ethiopia’s ‘Combustible’ Politics

The unrest that followed the killing of Hachalu Hundessa underscores long-simmering tensions in the Horn of Africa nation.

The Ethiopian musician Hachalu Hundessa posing while dressed in a traditional costume in Addis Ababa in 2019.
The Ethiopian musician Hachalu Hundessa posing while dressed in a traditional costume in Addis Ababa in 2019.Credit…Tiksa Negeri/Reuters

By Abdi Latif Dahir, The New York Times

NAIROBI, Kenya — In life, Hachalu Hundessa’s protest songs roused and united Ethiopians yearning for freedom and justice. He is doing the same in death, with thousands flocking on Thursday to bury him in Ambo, the town 60 miles west of the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa where he was born and raised.

Mr. Hundessa, 34, was shot on Monday night by unknown assailants in Addis Ababa and later died of his wounds in a hospital. His death has ignited nationwide protests that have killed 81 people, injured dozens of others and caused extensive property damage. The authorities have blocked the internet and arrested 35 people, including a prominent media magnate and government critic, Jawar Mohammed.

The unrest, analysts say, threatens the stability of Africa’s second-most populous country and deepens the political crisis in a nation already undergoing a roller-coaster democratic transition.

“I am in bitter sadness,” said Getu Dandefa, a 29-year-old university student. When he saw Mr. Hundessa’s coffin in Ambo, he said he dropped to the ground and started crying.

“We lost our voice,” he said, “We will keep fighting until Hachalu gets justice. We will never stop protesting.”

Mr. Hundessa’s funeral serves as a moment of national reckoning in a country already facing myriad political, economic and social challenges. The fury aroused by his death poses a challenge to Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, who rose to power in 2018 following a wave of antigovernment protests that Mr. Hundessa — a member of the country’s largest but historically marginalized ethnic group, the Oromo — helped to galvanize through his music.

In this still image from a video by the Oromia Broadcasting Network, mourners are shown attending the funeral of Mr. Hundessa on Thursday.
In this still image from a video by the Oromia Broadcasting Network, mourners are shown attending the funeral of Mr. Hundessa on Thursday.Credit…Oromia Broadcasting Network, via Reuters

Since then, Mr. Abiy, an Oromo himself, has introduced a raft of changes aimed at dismantling Ethiopia’s authoritarian structure, releasing political prisoners, liberalizing the centralized economy, committing to overhaul repressive laws and welcoming back exiled opposition and separatist groups.

In 2019, Mr. Abiy was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his initiative to resolve the decades-long conflict with neighboring Eritrea and for spearheading regional peace and cooperation in the Horn of Africa.

A nation of about 109 million people, Ethiopia has one of the fastest-growing economies in Africa, hosts the headquarters of the African Union, and is a key United States ally in the fight against terrorism.

But while the 43-year-old prime minister has made great strides, the changes have unleashed forces that have produced a sharp increase in lawlessness in many parts of the country, with rising ethnic tensions and violence that have displaced 3 million people.

Yohannes Gedamu, an Ethiopian and lecturer in political science at Georgia Gwinnett College, in Lawrenceville, Ga., said that the ruling coalition had lost its grip on the structures it once used to maintain order in an ethnically and linguistically diverse nation. As a result, he added, as the country moves toward multiparty democracy, rival ethnic and political factions have clashed over resources, power and the country’s direction forward.

The government has come under fire for failing to stop the killing of government critics and prominent figures, like the chief of staff of the Ethiopian Army, and its inability to rescue a dozen or more university students abducted months ago.

In combating the disorder, the authorities have resorted to the tactics of previous, repressive governments, not only blocking the internet, but arresting journalists and enacting laws that human rights advocates say could limit freedom of expression. Ethiopian security forces have been accused of gross human rights violations, including rape, arbitrary arrests and extrajudicial killings.

The coronavirus pandemic has complicated all this, leading the government to postpone August elections that many saw as a critical test of Mr. Abiy’s reform agenda. The move drew condemnation from opposition parties, who fear the government will use the delay to attempt a power grab.

Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed of Ethiopia at a tree-planting ceremony last month. The fury the death of Mr. Hundessa touched off poses a challenge to Mr. Ahmed, who rose to power in 2018 following a wave of antigovernment protests.
Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed of Ethiopia at a tree-planting ceremony last month. The fury the death of Mr. Hundessa touched off poses a challenge to Mr. Ahmed, who rose to power in 2018 following a wave of antigovernment protests.Credit…Michael Tewelde/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

“The last few days demonstrate just how combustible the situation in Ethiopia is,” said Murithi Mutiga, the project director for the Horn of Africa at the International Crisis Group.

He added: “The merest spark can easily unleash all these bottled up, ethnonationalist passions that have become the defining feature of Ethiopian politics, especially as it goes through this very delicate transition.”

While Mr. Abiy has a daunting task at hand, many say the government’s forceful response to discontent could make matters worse. Laetitia Bader, the Horn of Africa director at Human Rights Watch, said the group had received reports that security forces had used lethal force on protesters in at least seven towns.

“The initial signs aren’t good,” Ms. Bader said. “The government needs to make clear that it is listening to these grievances, creating the space for them to be heard and adequately responding to them without resorting to repression or violence.”

Given Mr. Hundessa’s stature, and how his music provided a stirring soundtrack against repression, the authorities should pull back and allow “people to grieve in peace,” said Henok Gabisa, the co-chairperson of the International Oromo Lawyers Association, based in St. Paul, Minn. About 200 of the city’s Oromo community protested on Tuesday.

“The Oromo people are in disbelief, shocked and confused,” said Mr. Gabisa, who knew Mr. Hundessa and met him a few months ago in Ethiopia. But arresting political opposition leaders like Bekele Gerba, of the Oromo Federalist Congress party, and raiding Mr. Mohammed’s Oromia Media Network only risked inflaming long-simmering tensions, he said.

“Abiy fumbled,” Mr. Gabisa said. “He dropped the ball.”

Members of the Oromo community in St. Paul, Minn., protested after Mr. Hundessa’s death on Wednesday.
Members of the Oromo community in St. Paul, Minn., protested after Mr. Hundessa’s death on Wednesday.Credit…Stephen Maturen/Getty Images

Despite the recent upheaval, however, analysts still give Mr. Abiy high marks for his efforts to put Ethiopia on a new course.

Mr. Gedamu said the prime minister had taken huge strides on multiple fronts, establishing the nationally unifying Prosperity Party, overseeing a record-breaking tree planting project to tackle climate change and expediting efforts to complete the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, which would bolster the country’s electricity supply.

“It is my understanding that revolutionary positive changes might actually take some time,” Mr. Gedamu said. “But overall, the gains of the reform outweigh the challenges.”

For now, tensions remain high across Ethiopia as Mr. Hachalu is being laid to rest. The military was deployed to parts of the capital on Wednesday, and witnesses reported hearing gunshots.

Rawera Daniel, 24, an unemployed university graduate in Addis Ababa, said the authorities should not crack down on citizens who want to mourn.

On hearing of Mr. Hundessa’s death, “I cried like I lost my mother,” he said. “He fought for our freedom. His lyrics spoke on our behalf.”

Mr. Mutiga, of the International Crisis Group, said that Mr. Abiy should rise to the occasion not just as a political leader but as Ethiopia’s healer in chief.

“I think where Abiy definitely could do better is to try to fashion consensus,” he said, “persuade his opponents and be more deliberative and consultative and try to carry people along with him.,”

Tiksa Negeri contributed reporting from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.Ethiopia’s Simmering Tensions

#Oromia: Artist Hacaaluu Hundeessaa, the prominent #Oromo singer, songwriter, is assassinated on Monday 29 June 2020 in Finfinnee July 2, 2020

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Artist Haacaaluu Hundeessaa (34), the prominent #Oromo singer, songwriter, is shot dead on Monday 29 June 2020 in Finfinnee, around Galan Condominium site. He was admitted to Tirunesh Beijing General Hospital but died of his injuries shortly after. R.I.P!
Artist Haacaaluu Hundeessaa waxabajjii 29 bara 2020 galgala naannawaa sa’aatii 9:30 magaalaa Finfinnee bakka addaa Kondominiiyemii Galaan jedhamutti ajjeefamuu maddeen naannichaa mirkaneessan.

ከዚህ በኋላ የእያንዳንዱ ኦሮሞ ታርክ ከጀግናው ሃጫሉ ሁንዴሳ ሞት በፊት እና በኋላ ተብሎ በደማቅ ቀይ መሰመር ተለይቶ ይፃፋል።

በሃጫሉ ሞት ለ150 ዓመታት በኦሮሞ ህዝብ ላይ የተንሰራፋው የበዕድ ስራዓት ከአሮጌዋ ኢትዮጵያ ጋር ዳግም ላይመለስ ከእያንዳንዱ ኦሮሞ ልብ ውስጥ ሞቷል!

የኦሮሞ ህዝብ ሁለት ልብ የሚሆንበት እና የሚያመነታበት ዘመን አብቅቷል። ዘረኛው ስረዓትም ከምድራችን ላይ በተባበረ የህዝባችን ክንድ ይነቀላል!

ከዚህ በኋላ፣ የኦሮሞ ህዝብ እራሱ በሚመሰርተው ስረዓተ መንግስት፣ በእራሱ ቋንቋ እና በእራሱ ባህል፣ በአባት አገሩ ላይ ታፍሮ እና ተከብሮ፣ በነፃነት፣ በተድላ እና በሰላም ይኖራል! ቃል ነው!!!

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The slain singer’s wife, Santu Demisew Diro, gave a short speech after mourners laid wreaths. “Hachalu is not dead. He will remain in my heart and the hears of millions of Oromo people forever,” she said. Click here for more Africa News

The Ethiopian authorities must conduct prompt, thorough, impartial, independent and effective investigations into the killing of popular Oromo singer #HachaaluuHundeessaa Amnesty International said

There must be justice for the killing of Hachalu Hundesa. Sarah Jackson, Amnesty International’s Deputy Director for East Africa, the Horn and the Great Lakes

“There must be justice for the killing of Hachalu Hundesa. The musician’s songs rallied the country’s youth in sustained protests from 2015 leading to the political reforms witnessed in the country since 2018,” said Sarah Jackson, Amnesty International’s Deputy Regional Director for East Africa, the Horn and the Great Lakes.

Ethiopia Cracks Down Following Popular Singer’s Killing, HRW.

Hachalu Hundessa, Ethiopian Singer and Activist, Is Shot DeadThe musician, 34, was known for political songs that provided support for the ethnic Oromo group’s fight against repression and a soundtrack for antigovernment protests.nytimes.com

At least 10 dead as slaying of Ethiopian singer triggers protests

BBC: Hachalu Hundessa: Deadly protests erupt after Ethiopian singer killed

Far from being a footnote in the Oromo struggle, musicians like Haacaaluu Hundeessa have been its centre of gravity.


Who is Hacaaluu: https://www.opride.com/longform/opride-oromo-person-year-2017-haacaaluu-hundeessaa/


OMN: Statement of condemnation of Artist Hacaaluu Hundeessaa’s assassination, the imprisonment of Oromo political leaders, and the closure of OMN in Ethiopia July 2, 2020

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Statement of condemnation of Artist Hacaaluu Hundeessaa’s assassination, the imprisonment of Oromo political leaders, and the closure of OMN in Ethiopia

July 1, 2020

We, the Board of Trustees of Oromia Media Network (OMN), are extremely shocked and devastated by the assassination of an Oromo icon, artist and human rights activist Hacaaluu Hundeessa, the detention of Oromo Political leaders Jawar Mohammed, Bekele Gerba, and others and the closure of OMN Finfinne Head Office.We condemn in the strongest terms possible the targeted assassination of an Oromo musical superstar whose music has been instrumental in mobilizing the Oromo mass and other Ethiopians for peaceful protest against the former leadership of the Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) regime in Ethiopia. Hacaaluu was a voice for the voiceless Oromo mass until he was assassinated two days ago. Hacaaluu passionately believed in a non-violent struggle and committed his entire life to promoting respect for human rights and bringing social justice for the Oromo nation through his artistic talent. The OMN Board of Trustees believes that the environment that precipitated the assassination of Hacaaluu Hundeessa was set by the current Ethiopian regime. From day one, the administration embarked on praising and building new statues for the past emperors and dictators disregarding deep historical wounds, collective bad memories and anger of the people who suffered under those rulers. The emperors, whom Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed made his role models, are known for committing genocide against different ethnic groups of the country during their reigns. Through his reactionary and imperial ambitions, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed created a political environment that led to the assassination of the human rights icon Hacaaluu Hundeessa. We, the OMN Board of Trustees, hold the leadership of Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed fully responsible for the assassination of Hacaaluu Hundeessaa.We condemn in the strongest terms possible the imprisonment of Oromo leaders, Jawar Mohammed, Bekele Gerba, and more than thirty others that the regime’s security announced. Jawar and Bekele have been champions of non-violent struggle against the tyrannical regimes of the former EPDRF and the current Prosperity Party (PP). By imprisoning these leaders of non-violent struggle, the Abiy Ahmed regime is plunging the country into chaos and making violent struggle the only option left for the oppressed people.We also condemn in the strongest terms possible the closure of OMN Finfinnee by the government of Abiy Ahmed. We would like to remind the regime that OMN has persisted in the service of the people even during the darkest days of the previous regime and will remain so despite all challenges. Let it be clear to all that the Oromo people will not allow its only voice to be silenced. We call upon our people to continue its unwavering support for its only true voice, the OMN.We are alarmed by the growing authoritarian tendencies and anti-constitutional practices of Abiy Ahmed’s administration. Given these grave circumstances and the uncharted territory the country is entering so quickly, the OMN Board of Trustees passes the following resolutions as a matter of urgency:1. We condemn in the strongest terms possible the political assassination of Hacaaluu Hundeessaa and demand that the culprits be identified and brought to justice through a credible and transparent investigation.2. We urge the government to release of Oromo political leaders Jawar Mohammed, Bekele Gerba and other political prisoners.3. We demand, in unequivocal terms, the reopening of OMN Finfinnee and urge the government to refrain from obstruction of this media organization.4. We demand the release of all OMN journalists, reporters, and other staff members and its Executive Director, Girma Gutema.5. We urge the government to release the security personnel in charge of OMN’s headquarters and Jawar Mohammed’s residence.6. We urge the government to start taking necessary measures for the removal of all statues and other relics of imperial subjugation and domination.7. We demand that the government withdraw the excessive military forces it dispatched across the Oromia National Regional State and stop human rights violations and intimidation of the public.8. We demand an immediate cessation of misrepresentations and other forms of discursive violence unleashed, through conventional and social media, against the rightful interest of the Oromo nation and the other nations and nationalities of Ethiopia.We call upon our compatriots back in Ethiopia to continue the peaceful struggle for democratic reform and full respect for human rights. We ask everybody to watch for each other and our leaders for the regime’s possible killings and detentions and expose such acts.The Ethiopian regime, just like its predecessors, depends on foreign aid to finance its security forces that it has unleashed on our grieving people. We ask the international community in general, and the donors in particular, to refrain from financing a repressive military regime and make all aids to the country dependent on respect for human and peoples’ rights.Finally, we express our heartfelt condolences and solidarity with Hacaaluu’s family, friends, and the Oromo Nation during this difficult time.Sincerely,(signed in the original by)Kitaba Magarsa, ChairmanOMN Board of Trustees

HRW: Ethiopia Cracks Down Following Popular Singer’s Killing July 1, 2020

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Ethiopia Cracks Down Following Popular Singer’s Killing

Lift Internet Shutdown, Avoid Force at Protests, Free Unjustly Held Politicians

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Ethiopian singer Hachalu Hundessa in a still from the music video for his song, "Maalan Jira".
Ethiopian singer Hachalu Hundessa in a still from the music video for his song, “Maalan Jira”.

Protests erupted in several towns across Ethiopia in response to the June 29 killing of Hachalu Hundessa, a popular Oromo singer whose songs captured the struggles and frustrations of the Oromo people during the 2014-2018 anti-government protest movement. Unidentified gunmen shot Hundessa dead in Addis Ababa, the capital. Hundessa’s uncle was also reportedly killed in Ambo today.

While police claim to have made arrests in connection with Hundessa’s killing, the government’s responses to the protesters risks enflaming long-simmering tensions. On Tuesday morning the government cut internet services across the country, which only amplified concerns that people are being silenced and that human rights abuses and communal violence, having rocked the country last year, are not being addressed.

The internet shutdown has also made it impossible to access information on those killed and injured in the protests. One witness told us: “There is no network. We don’t have any information flow … the government only tells people [they] are investigating, and so everyone is hypothesizing based on current affairs.”

Despite the blackout, credible reports of violence are emerging. A regional government spokesman said that three explosions shook the capital, Addis Ababa, the morning after Hundessa’s killing. Meanwhile, independent media reports suggest that more than 80 people have been killed in the Oromia region and a further 10 people were killed in Adama after a government building was set on fire.

An activist in Nekemte, western Oromia, told Human Rights Watch that three protesters were killed after Oromia police opened fire. A doctor in the town of Dire Dawa said that the hospital had received eight people with gunshot injuries after reportedly being fired at by security forces, and that two soldiers had also been shot and injured.

The government’s response took another worrying turn when authorities arrested political opposition leaders Jawar Mohammed and Bekele Gerba of the Oromo Federalist Congress party, late Tuesday morning after a reported standoff with security forces over Hundessa’s funeral site. Jawar and Bekele were initially held incommunicado, but are now known to be held in Sostegna police station in Addis Ababa. While their families have now been allowed to bring them food and medicine, it is unclear if they have access to a lawyer. Bekele’s son and daughter were also arrested, and their whereabouts remain unknown.

The media has also reported that another prominent political opposition leader, Eskinder Nega, has also been detained.

Rather than restoring calm, the authorities’ internet shutdown, apparent excessive use of force, and arrest of political opposition figures could make a volatile situation even worse. The government should take prompt steps to reverse these actions or risk sliding deeper into crisis.

The Guardian: Ethiopia protests: more than 80 killed as singer’s murder lays bare grievances, July 1, 2020

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Ethiopia protests: more than 80 killed as singer’s murder lays bare grievances

Troops on Addis Ababa streets as political tensions erupt over Haacaaluu death and wider Oromo claims

Ethiopian musician Haacaaluu Hundeessaa, in traditional costume, 2019

Haacaaluu Hundeessaa in 2019. His music served as the soundtrack to Oromos opposing political exclusion. Photograph: Tiksa Negeri/ReutersReuters in Addis AbabaPublished onWed 1 Jul 2020 16.15 EDT

Ethiopian troops have been deployed in the country’s capital in a second day of unrest, sparked by the assassination of the popular musician Haacaaluu Hundeessaa, which has claimed more than 80 lives.

Protests after Haacaaluu’s murder on Monday tapped into grievances fuelled by decades of government repression and what the Oromo, Ethiopia’s biggest ethnic group, describe as their historic exclusion from political power.

“I am angry. It’s eating me inside,” said Ishetu Alemu, a protester, as tyres smouldered in the street behind him.

Gunshots could be heard in many neighbourhoods, and gangs armed with machetes and sticks roamed the streets. Witnesses described a situation pitting youths of Oromo origin against other ethnic groups and the police.

“We had a meeting with the community, and we were told to arm ourselves with anything we have, including machetes and sticks. We no longer trust the police to protect us so we have to prepare ourselves,” said one resident in the capital, Addis Ababa, who like others interviewed asked not to be named for fear of reprisals.

Many residents fear that Haacaaluu’s funeral, scheduled for Thursday in his home town, Ambo, could lead to more violence.

“Security forces have invaded our town, we can’t go out to mourn. No vehicles are moving around except security patrols with machine guns,” Chala Hunde, 27, a student, told Reuters by phone from Ambo, about 60 miles west of Addis. “The security forces are putting a finger in our wound.”

Prof Awol Allo, at Keele University, England, said a tussle over whether to bury Haacaaluu in Ambo or Addis had laid bare the political tensions fanning the protests. “It’s very contentious. Oromos claim the city [Addis] to be theirs, as it lies fully within the Oromo regional state.” But the capital is under federal, not regional control.

The state broadcaster reported the arrest of the prominent journalist and activist Eskinder Nega, a former political prisoner who runs a pressure group opposed to what it describes as Oromo attempts to dominate the capital.

The dispute over Addis triggered three years of bloody street demonstrations that led to the resignation of the previous prime minister and Abiy Ahmed’s appointment to the post in 2018. Haacaaluu’s music was the soundtrack to a generation of young Oromos who led the protests.

The regional police commissioner, Bedassa Merdassa, told the state-run Ethiopian Broadcasting Corporation on Wednesday that more than 80 people had been killed in the clashes in Oromiya on Tuesday, including protesters and three members of the security forces. The dead also included 78 civilians, he said.

Another potential flashpoint was the arrest on Tuesday of the Oromo opposition leader, Bekele Gerba, and the media mogul Jawar Mohammed.

Abiy, Haacaaluu and Jawar are all Oromo. The singer and media owner were more critical of the prime minister in recent months; some Oromo activists have accused Ethiopia’s 41-year-old prime minister of repression.

In federal Ethiopia power is traditionally derived through the control of large ethnic voting blocs. Under the previous administration voting was rarely free or fair; opposition activists were jailed, tortured or driven into exile.

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Military deployed in Ethiopian capital after more than 50 killed in protests over musician’s assassination


#Oromia: A New Phase of #OromoRevolution Tsegaye Ararssa #HacaaluuHundeessaa July 1, 2020

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A New Phase of #OromoRevolution,

By Dr. Tsegaye Ararssa #HacaaluuHundeessaa

As of yesterday, the struggle has entered a new phase. We now brace ourselves for a comprehensive set of protest measures as of this morning.A state-wide protest rallies are hoped to be staged from today on. It’s hoped that these protest measures will extend to other parts of the country as well.

The demands to be tabled are:

1. To give a dignified burial for Haacaaluu in Finfinnee–and that, after a proper examination of the cause of his death, identification of the assassins, and taking genuine measures for ensuring (legal, administrative, and political) accountability for the assassination;

2. To release all political prisoners including the leaders (e.g. Jawar Mohammed, Bekele Gerba, Hamza Borana, etc) and numerous other protesters arrested yestetday;3. Release the journalists, reporters, and other staff members of the Oromia Media Network (OMN) including its Executive Director, Girma Gutema;

4. Release the security personnel in charge of the security of the OMN premises and the residence of Jawar Mohammed; and

5. Take decisive measures to remove all historical relics of empire such as statues, flags, and symbols that insult the pluralist and federalist sensibilities of Oromos and all other nations in the country;

6. Stop the use of the media (conventional as well as social) to attack, misrepresent, and provoke the Oromo and the other ‘others’ of Ethiopia;

7. Stop the use of repressive military tactics that are deployed to terrorize, intimidate, and humiliate the people into submission;

8. Withdraw the military from the civilian lives of the local population;9. Start a genuinely inclusive discussion with all parties towards restoring constitutional rule, federalism, and rule of law, in a framework that eyes an election before the expiry of the term in October 2020.

10. Ensure that proper remedial measures are taken in order to redress victims of human rights violations in the past two years.Oromos from all walks of life shall be taking part in yhe protest measures. #Oromia_Protests_2020.

#Oromia: Artist Hacaaluu Hundeessaa, the prominent #Oromo singer, songwriter, is assassinated on Monday 29 June 2020 in Finfinnee

Ethiopia: Popular musician’s killing must be fully investigated

Kello Media: A virtual forum on Human Rights in Oromia/ Ethiopia June 29, 2020

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Ethiopia: The prison house of nations: The prison is breaking up June 29, 2020

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The Prison is breaking up: It is said tall sorghums are either for birds or for slings. Pioneers of liberation struggle rose at a time when majority of the oppressed were not aware of their capabilities to challenge the oppressors. They paid in their lives to bring the masses to today’s level of political awakening. Now prisoners of the Ethiopian empire have started to break the prisons in unprecedented numbers after more than a hundred years. Those for whom oppressing is normal order of life are now running up and down making sounds of fury and empty threats to stop them but in vain. It is too late, to stop Wala’ita, Kaficho, Hadiyyaa, Silxee, Guraagee, Kambaataa, Gedi’o, Konsoo, and their Nilotic neighbors etc. from determining own destiny. Nafxanyaa system empire is crumbling. They have to know that the name Ethiopia should not be used to blackmail others by a group in particular oppressor group. What is important is not the name but the love and interest peoples show to live together. One oppressor group accepted the federal system confident it could disable and do whatever it likes with it. But the oppressed grabbed it and adopted it as their own dismissing the authoritarian selfish group. They are the peoples; it is their time; no force can stand against them. All have to come around a table and negotiate.
Though declaring their independence is a right, these peoples are offering continuing to live together in a democratic union of equals refraining from such declarations. Not understanding this, those with crooked decadent outlook are trying to reinstitute the defunct Nafxanyaa unitary system. On the other hand, nations and nationalities are holding hands for federal system to be realized. No more South, no more cluster but a federal republic coming to existence by will of the free and the equal. No more language, no more culture, no more symbols, no more authority of one is superior to the others. All present cacophony and diversions are only bubbles and dust that will blow away soon leaving sovereignty and rights of each and all peoples intact. In their last kick the reactionaries may harm the oppressed but people will always survive to judge. Together nations, nationalities and peoples will recommit themselves to principles of the federal constitution and safeguard their national sovereignty and federal interests without fail. A time wheel that no power can stop is in motion. Thanks to the tall sorghums, lusher and more yielding ones have sprouted irrigated by their blood. Oromiyaan haa jiraattu!


Oromia: OMN: Keessummaa – Wellisaa Hacaaluu Hundeessaa (Wax 22, 2020) June 23, 2020

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OMN: Keessummaa – Wellisaa Hacaaluu

Geneva Press Club: Kello Media: An Ethiopian Dilemma: Political Transition, Human Rights and Constitutional Crisis June 18, 2020

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Kello Media: Tarsiimoo Mootummaan Itoopiyaa Oromoofi Oromummaa irratti qabu. June 17, 2020

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Tarsiimoo Mootummaan Itoopiyaa Oromoofi Oromummaa irratti qabu.

Koo yaa shunge mee chim chim goonaa, new Oromian Oromo music 2020 by Dangaa Qanani and Eskiyas Mezemir June 17, 2020

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Democracy imperiled in Africa by ‘reformers’ turned dictators, Washington Examiner June 13, 2020

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Democracy imperiled in Africa by ‘reformers’ turned dictators

by Michael Rubin, Washington Examiner| June 11, 2020 

It is often forgotten that the worst dictators are often, early in their careers, lauded as reformers. In Iraq, Saddam Hussein was initially embraced as a “pragmatist” by diplomats and journalists alike. In 1991, the Norwegian Nobel Committee awarded Burmese dissident Aung San Suu Kyi the Nobel Peace Prize; only in subsequent decades would she expose herself as an apologist for ethnic cleansing. Of course, she is not the only figure to sully the preeminent peace prize’s legacy.

In Africa, the trend of reformists becoming dictators has been especially acute.

In April 1976, Secretary of State Henry Kissinger declared that the United States supported black rule in Rhodesia, today’s Zimbabwe. He was cautious about Soviet and Cuban inroads among certain liberation movements. President Jimmy Carter, however, had no such caution. He drew parallels between Robert Mugabe’s Marxist Zimbabwe African National Union and the civil rights fight in the U.S. South. Mugabe was, therefore, a reformer and a social justice warrior. Many officials likewise greeted Isaias Afwerki as a democrat and reformer when he became Eritrea’s first president upon its 1993 independence. Indeed, Bill Clinton congratulated his Eritrean counterpart on “Eritrea’s good start on the road to democracy and free markets” when, in 1995, they met in the Oval Office. Diplomats likewise once praised Rwandan leader Paul Kagame for his progressive attitudes toward women and liberal approach to the economy, but most human rights groups today criticize him for intolerance to dissent and human rights abuses.

Now, it appears, another Nobel laureate, Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, may be heading down the same path. Perhaps buoyed by the praise he receives on his frequent post-Nobel trips abroad, Abiy on Wednesday announced that he would remain in office beyond the end of his term. For all of Abiy’s enthusiastic and, at times, naive peacemaking abroad, his tenure has exacerbated ethnic tensions at home. Reelection was no certainty, but his decision to seek to hold power extra-constitutionally could precipitate conflict in Africa’s second-most populous country.

Not to be outdone, Somali President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo has also signaled he seeks to delay elections and remain in power. Farmajo’s tenure has already seen a backsliding of democracy and resurgence of the al Qaeda-affiliated al Shabab terror group. If the deeply unpopular Farmajo tries to hold onto power, he will return Somalia into full-blown civil war.

The U.S., in recent years, may have diminished presence on the world stage, but the cards the White House and State Department have still matter. From a realist standpoint, Abiy and Farmajo are both weaker than they themselves admit or realize. Abiy may seek to become the new Mugabe, and Farmajo the new Siad Barre, but their respective peoples will not stand for it. Unbridled ambition will lead to civil war in their respective states. This is in no one’s interest. Rather than promote silly photo-ops with regional presidential summits, like that which the State Department’s Bureau of African Affairs plans for this coming week in Djibouti, the U.S. government should signal both to Abiy and Farmajo that they risk pariah status if they continue their undemocratic tendencies.

Central to President Trump’s international philosophy is the idea of restraint: The U.S. should not deploy its forces across the globe in pursuit of agendas that do not directly impact the security of the American homeland. In these troubled economic times, that makes sense, but it requires effective diplomacy now to avoid scenarios where state failure mandates far more expensive responses. The best way to promote regional security is to continue to cultivate democracy and provide a peaceful mechanism for ordinary citizens to hold ineffective leaders and would-be dictators to account.


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1. Ibsi Koomishiniin Poolisii Oromiyaa baase argineerra. Ibsichi Dhugaa Oromoo awwaaluuf Jawar Mohammed irratti kan xiyyeeffateedha, kanaaf Doorsisaa fi Aggaammii Jawar Mohammed irratti godhamu kamuu gadi baanee ni balaaleffanna.

2. Ilmaan Oromoo guyyuma guyyaan kutaalee Oromiyaa gara garaa keessatti hidhamaa, gidirfamaa (torture) godhamaa ajjeefamaa jiran gocha duguuggaa Sanyii (Genocide) ummata Oromoo irratti ajaja Abiyyiin Humna Agaazii fi Humna addaa Poolisii Oromiyaatin raawwachaa jirtu gadi baanee Sagalee keenya dhageesisuun ni mormina.

3. Jawar Mohammed tuquun Ethiopia keessatti guyyaa qiyaamaa ofiratti labsuu akka tahe warri Bilxiginnaa cimsanii hubachuu qabu.

4. Maatii Sabboontoota fi Sabboontoota Oromoo Oromiyaa guutuu keessatti Kaadiree Bilxiginnaatu Humna Agaazii fayyadamuun Tarkaanfii suukanneessaa irratti fudhataa jira waan taheef gocha kana hatattamaan hin dhaaban taanaqn Qeerroon Oromiyaa Maatii Kaadiroota Bilxiginnaa Naannoo keenyatti argamu irratti Tarkaanfii fudhachuuf qophii ta’uu keenya isiin hubachiisuu barbaanna.

5. Fincilli xumura gabrummaa (Warraaqsi Galaana ummataa) guutuu Oromiyaatti keessatti Cimee akka itti fufu murteessinee jirra.

6. Abiy Ahmed Aangoo hatattamaan gadi dhiisuu qaba, Ethiopia eenyummaa oromoo hin feene wajjiin jiraachuun nu gaheera.

7. Bilxiginnaan yoo nuti Callifne akkuma amala ishee Jawar Mohammed Ragaa sobaa qopheeffattee hidhuu fi doorsisuuf deemti waan taheef qeerroon oromoo tokkummaan dura dhaabbannee hooggansa keenya ni tikfanna.

8. Sirna Nafxanyaa (Bilxiginnaa) ofirraa buqqaasuuf Ummaanni Oromoo, Qeerroo fi qarreen Oromiyaa Tokkummaan akka falmannu murteesineerra.

9. Nuti Qeerroon Oromiyaa Jawar Mohammed wajjiin jirra, jawaar dura duunee banna malee abadan Jawar hin tuqamu!
Kana Diinnis firris akka beekuu barbaanna!! Qabsoon Qeerroo Bilisummaa Oromiyaa hanga Bilisummaa Oromoof Walabummaa Oromiyaatti itti fufa!!!

Haqa qabna!
Tarsiimoon masakamna!
Ni injifanna!

Waxabajjii 9, 2020
Qeerroo Oromiyaa irraa


Ethiopia’s Speaker of the House of Federation (HoF), Keria Ibirahim resigned from her position warning the danger and the unconstitutional move of the Abiy Ahmed’s government June 8, 2020

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Ethiopia’s Speaker of the House of Federation (HoF), Keria Ibirahim resigned from her position by warning dire and the unconstitutional move of the Abiy Ahmed’s government

Ibsa Af-yaa’iin Mana Maree Federeeshinii Itoophiyaa aadde Keeriyaa Ibiraahim aangoo isaanii gadhiisu ilaalchisanii kenan as gadii caqasaa:-

Speaker of Ethiopia’s Upper House Resigns After Polls Postponed ( The New York Times)

By Reuters, June 8, 2020

ADDIS ABABA — Ethiopia’s upper house speaker resigned on Monday in apparent protest at the postponement of planned elections in the Horn of Africa country over the coronavirus, a sign of growing tension between her party and the government.

The speaker Keria Ibrahim is also a top official in Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF), one of the country’s major political parties and which has opposed the poll postponement.

The parliamentary and regional elections had been planned for August ahead of the end of incumbent Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s term in September. No new date has yet been set.

In a televised speech, Keria accused Abiy’s government of taking away Ethiopians’ sovereign rights, without elaborating.

She was widely understood to refer to the government’s decision to postpone the elections which effectively allowed Abiy to continue ruling beyond the expiry of his term.

“I can’t be an accomplice when the constitution is being violated and a dictatorial government is being formed,” she said. “I have resigned not to be collaborator (with) such a historical mistake.”

Last month TPLF, which is also the governing party for the country’s Tigray region, threatened to organise polls for the area in defiance of the postponement, potentially setting the region on a collision course with the federal government.

Keria’s resignation underscored the deteriorating relationship between Abiy and his ruling Prosperity Party and the TPLF, said Kjetil Tronvoll, professor of peace and conflict studies at Bjørknes University in Oslo.

“If the process is left unabated, it may lead to an open confrontation,” he said.

Abiy took power in Africa’s second most populous country in 2018 and went on to roll out a series of reforms allowing greater freedoms in what had long been one of the continent’s most repressive states.

But the reforms have made it possible for long-held grievances against the government’s decades of harsh rule to resurface, and emboldened regional power-brokers such as the TPLF to seek more power for their ethnic groups.

Partial lists of confirmed Oromo civilians killed by Ethiopia’s regime security forces in 2020 June 7, 2020

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The partial lists of confirmed Oromo civilians killed by Ethiopia’s regime security forces from 1st January to 3rd June 2020:-

This was Aanaa Mohammedsham age 15. He was gunned down last night in Qobo town, East Hararge. He was driving the three legs bajaj when soldiers of the newly deployed Liyu Police shot him. He succumbed to his wounds later. https://www.facebook.com/Jawarmd/posts/10105488077056383

Diinaa’ol Nagaasaa jedhama. Humnoota mootummaatiin eda halkan Ambotti rasaasan rukutame

More reports on human rights violations against Oromo people in Oromia (Ethiopia)

These are some of the political prisoners currently held with no charge, in Borana Zone alone. Imagine how large the number could be in the entire regional state!

Maqaa hidhamtoota #Godina_Booranaa keessaa ka nama garii kunooti. Nami maqaa hin argatin kan irra guddaa


(Dira Mooyyaleefi dira Tuqaa irraa (
1.Dooyyoo Iyyaa
2.Malataa Waaqoo
3.Galgaloo Xunii
4.Xummee Shoobaa
5.Luuccaa Malataa
6.Kanuu Guyyoo
7.Baatii Kanuu
8.Bulee Boruu (Oromia police)
9.Haroo Abduuba-
10.Halkanoo Baddoolee


11.Obaa Gufuu
12.Kiyyaa Liiban
13.Darmii Guyyoo Liiban (University student)
14.Bonayyaa Duuba
15;Kiyyaa Guyyyoo libaan
16;Finina Abduba
17.Abduba Galgalo Areeroo
18.Dabasoo Faqee Huqqaa
19.Qucee Kusaare
20;Galgaloo Halakee Jibichoo (University student)
21.Kateeloo Shanee
22.Bonayyaa Duubaa
24.Boochola Guyyoo
25.Diida Goollichaa
26.Halkanoo Gurraacha Jaatanii
27.Kanaa Goollichaa
28.Biqilaa Tarreessaa


29.B/sa Galgaloo Taarii
30.Guyyoo Shamee
31.Kiyyaa Duuba Guyyoo
32.Diida Aagaa Burraa (University student)
33.B/sa Diida Moluu
34.Maammadi Dheengee Boruu
35.Barraaqoo Gurroo Boruu
36.Galma Moluu Shootii
40.Barsiisaa #Galgaloo_Taarii
41.Barsiisaa Diqqaa Duubaa Dooyyoo
42.Dargaggoo Saara Guduroo


43.Goolee Adaanoo (Oromia Police @Moyale)
44.Abbaa Gadaa Dr Jaldeessaa Guyyoo
45. Goreessaa Guyyoo Liiban (Lawyer)
46. Galgaloo Saaraa
47. Waariyoo Dabbasoo
48. Kanuu Jirmoo Galgaloo
49. Guyyoo Duubaa


59.Galma Kanaa
51.Guyyoo Galma
52.Kateeloo Gufuu
53.Waariyoo Liiban
54.Guyyoo Moluu
55.Abkunuu Xuunnee
56.Carfii Kasulee
57.Gurraale Diidaa-
58.Diqqaa Waariyoo


59.Daalacha Baggajjaa
60.Daalacha Abbaa Ruufaa
61.Barcii Qancoorro
62.Carii Duuba Bantee
63.Ijoollen Bilisoo Soraa

(Magaalaa Hiddii Lolaafi Magaalaa Bokkuu Luboomaa irraa)

64.Galma Bonayyaa
65.Mallichaa Roobaa
66.Galgaloo Moluu
67..Galata Kuulaa
68.Jamaal Kuulaa
69.Galma Liiban
79.Guyoo Dooyyo
71.Haawwoo Guyyoo
72. Kiyyaa Liiban


73.Milkii Dooyyoo
74.Soraa Galgaloo
75 Abdurhaman Warquu
76.Liiban Jaatanii
77.Saara Katanoo

(Magaalaa Borbor irraa)

78.Turaa Gurraachaa (cabine member)
79.Barcii Abgudoo
80.Bonayyaa Caaccicha (Elder above 60s)
81.Guyyoo Balaambal (cabine member)

(Ganda Bokkuufi Goorilee irraa)

82..Nuuraa Bonayyaa Godana
83.Dabboo Bonayyaa Godana
84.Xummee Bonayyaa Godana
85.Elemaa Bonayyaa Godana
86.Adii Bonayyaa Godanaa
87.Diida Waariyoo Godaanaa
88. Kiyyaa Waariyoo Godaanaa
89.Jiloo Waariyoo Halake
90.Roobaa Waariyoo Halake
91.Kiyyaa Waariyoo Halake
92. Xummee Cuurii Dooyyoo
93.Qaballee Diidaa
94.Saasii Diidaa
95.Abduuba Halakee
96.Huqqaa Mataa
97.Xummee Huqqaa
98.Qaallicha Jiloo Guyyoo
99.Guyyoo Jiloo
190.Qumbii Bulee
101.Kiyyaa Bulee Jaarsoo
102.Obaa Dhalee
103.Saara Bilaalaa
104.Jiloo Huqqaa Boruu
105.Galmoo Huqqaa Boruu
106.Qabballee Jaarsoo Halake
107.Tuuraa Jaarsoo
108.Diidaa Waariyoo
109.Diidaa Waariyoo
110.Diida Goollichaa
111.Saaroo Boruu
112.Guyyoo Boruu
113.Lookoo Boruu
114.Kana Mallicha
115.Biduu Jaarso
116.Bulee Jaarsoo Huqqa
117.Jaatanii Galgaloo Gaayoo
118.Bagajjaa Galgaloo Gaayo
119.Kottobbo Galgalo Gaayo
120.Rooba Liiban
121.Galmoo Tuukkisaa
122.Tuukkisaa Liiban
123.Jaatanii Soraa Taadhicha
124.Dullachaa Soraa Taadhicha
125.Diimaa Soraa Taadhicha
126.Dooyyoo Abduuba
127.Shunaa Diidaa
128.Dheengee Dalacha
129.Xummee Taarii
130.Abduuba Jiloo
131.Diidoo Boruu Dhaddacha
132.Diida Dooyyo Baddoolicha
133.Rooba Dabbasoo Roobaa
134.Qaallicha Jiloo Guyyoo
135.Diida Goollicha Qancoorro
136.Qumbii Halake
137.Boora Kuula Boruu
138.Daalacha Galgaloo
139.Qaallicha Diqqa
140.Godaanaa Soraa Boru
141.Taarii Guyyoo
142.Miyoo Diidaa
143.Caaccuu Liiban
144.Diimaa Mallichaa
145.Jaatani Sora
146.Abduba Halake Shonee
147.Barsiisaa Boruu Bukkee
148.Dheengee Goollichaa


149.Gurraachaa Galgaloo Guyyoo
150.Roobaa Galma Adii
151.Daraaraa Huseen Jaarsoo
152.Jaldeessa Mallichaa
153.Kiyyaa dhakaa Tuundhaa
154.Kana Galmaa
156.Huseen Dooyyoo Waariyoo
157. Huseen Kottolaa


158.Qallaa Kuulii
159.Boru xachee
160.Boru Bulee

Godina Guji Lixa, Aana Dugda Daawwa, Magaalaa Fincaawaa, mana hidha Qabalee keessatti dararama jiranu kan armaan gadiiti:-
1) Maammush(Gujii) Gammade
2) Dullacha Qadiida
3) Konso Dukkalle
4) Gammachuu Baqqala
5) Caala Toleera
6) Yahiqoob (Godaana) Uddo
7) Duuba Komoodo
8) Adoola (Quxxisu) Bariiso
9) Shaaqqole Boneyya
10) Duube Adula
11) Eebbisa Koronto
12) Kuukkuu Soraa
13) Ashulee Kabbadaa
14) Quraa Bursaano
15) Astar Bursaano
16) Bollee Goobana
17) Muluu Jiloo
18) Ushukka Leqqo
19) Meseret Elema
20) Xumme Jiloo
21) Areero Galma
22) Abram Jilo

Gootiti OROMOO
Weelliftu seenaa kamaal waan hidhamteef sagalee yaa taanuf
Qarreen tuni weelliftuu qofaa miti qabsooftuu gabrummaa saba ishee hin dandeenye akka taate hundi keenya ni beekna bara 2016 gaafa irreecha hora bishooftuutitti oromoon dhume sana akkuma argitan waltajjii irratti mallattoo diddaa gabrummaa agarsiisun nama gabrumma saba isheetif sagalee dhageessisaa turteedha, gaafa ajjeechaan jawaar irratti yaalames nama qarree fi qeerroo oromoo biraa hin hafne anis jawaar waliin wareegamuun qaba jechuun nama lubbuu ishee hin qusanneedha walumaagalatti seenaan oromoo biraa haftee hin beektu


#በአቢዮት_ካሳዬ የሚመራው ብልፅግና የሚባል የሽፍታ ቡድን ስብስብ በዜጎች ላይ እያደረሰ ያለው ግፍ በደል ተመልከቱ

Baqqalaa Bidiraa miseensa Adda Bilisummaa Oromooti. Yeroo darbe Jaal Abdii Raggaasaa gaafachuu deemee hidhame. Akkuma baheen mana isaa keessatti https://www.facebook.com/awol.mustefa/videos/2993215454098271/

Ethiopia: The pandemic appears to be closing a political space that had only just started opening, Ethiopia Insight June 2, 2020

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‘The pandemic has become another litmus test for Prime Minister Abiy, who was already  grappling with the challenges of what has been a rough and sloppy transition since 2018, much of it of his own making. That said, some of the problems are deeply entrenched in a century-long inter-ethnic group divisions, a polarized political culture, and the imbalanced economy that the Prime Minister inherited from his predecessors.But the new ruling party’s leanings towards unitarist sentiments is cutting him off from the Oromo and other groups with strong adherence to multinational federalism; and the lack of any clear transition roadmap over the last two years has created uncertainties about the democratization that most would like to see. The result is serious questions about the legitimacy of the government and its leadership.’ Click here to read the full article at Ethiopia Insight

ጥሪ ለነፍጠኛ መንግሥት May 31, 2020

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አየለ ደጋጋ ለነፍጠኛ መንግሥት ጥሪ አቀረበ።

አየለ ደጋጋ መንግሥት አማጺያን አጥፍቶ ሰላም መፍጠር አለበት ወይም ተሰማምቶ ሰላም መፍጠር አለበት የሚለው የአሮሞ ነጻነት ጦር በሕዝብ ላይ አንዳችም ጉዳት አላደረሰም ሰላም አላደፈረሰም። በነጻነት ታጋዮች በቄሮና ቀሬ የተገነባ ነጻአውጭ ጦር እንኳን አቢይ መንግሥት የደርግ መንግሥት ቢመጣ ሊያጠፋው አይችልም።

ኦፕዴኦ በደደቢት ድንጋይ ውሰጥ ከተፈጠረበት ቀን ጀምሮ እስከ ዛሬ ድረስ አንደ ሰው አስቦ ራሱን ችሎ የኦሮሞ ጉዳዮችን በሰላም ፈቶ የኖረበት ቀን የለም። ምክንያቱም የደደቢት ድንጋይ ነው የወለደው። በዚህ ምክንያት 27 ዓመት ሙሉ እንደ እውር በወያኔ እየተመራ በኦሮሞ ላይ የዘር ፍጅት ሲፈጽም ኖረ። ወያኔ ሲወድቅ የኦሮማራ እድር ፈጥሮ በነፍጠኞች እየተመከረ ኦሮሞን በመፍጀት ላይ ይገኛል።

ከኦፕዴኦ ከባድ ወንጀሎች መካካል ትልቁ የኦሮሞ ነጻአውጭ ጦር በትኖ ለማጥፋት መነሳቱ ነው።ወያኔና ብአዴን ከኤርትራ የተመለሱ ታጣቂዎችን በሰላም ተቀብለው ከመደበኛ ጦራቸው ጋር ቀላቅለው ደህንነታቸውን ይጠብቃሉ። እንደ ሰው የማያስበው ኦፕዴኦ በዲያቆን ዳንኤል ክብረት እየተመከረ በነፍጠኞች ትእዛዝ እየተመራ የአሮሞ ነጻነት ጦር አልቀበልም አለ። በጀዋር መሐመድ ፕሮፖጋንዳ ተሞኝተው ትጥቃቸውን ፈተው የገቡ ታጣቂዎችን መርዝ አጠጥቶ ልፈጃቸው ሞክሮ ከሸፈበት። ኦፕዴኦ በፈጠረው ቀውስ የአሮሞ ነጻነት ጦር የትጥቅ ትግሉን ቀጠለ።

በነፍጠኞች ጭንቀላት የሚያስበው አፕዴኦ = ፕዴኦ= ፕፕ= ነፍጠኛ የሰራውን ወንጀል ደብቆ የአሮሞ ነጻነት ጦር ተጠያቂ ለማድረግ የማይዋሸው ውሸት የማይሸርበው ተንኮል የለም። አየለ ደጋጋ እንደሚለው ነጻ አውጭው ጦር የሚታገለው ለሥልጣን አይደለም። ዓላማው ኦሮሞን ከኦፕዴኦ እስር ቤት ከነፍጠኞች ባርነት ነጻ ለማውጣት ነው። ለኦሮሞ ነጻነት አንድም ቀን ታግሎ የማያውቀው የድል አጥቢያ ባንዳ አፕዴኦ 20,000 ጦር አደራጅቶ ሥልጣኑን ለመጠበቅ የነጻነት ጦር ይወጋል የማይደግፉት የኦሮሞዎችን ይጨፈጭፋል። የአሚኒስት ኢንተርናሽናል ውግዘትና 64 የዓለም ጋዜጠኞች በትችት መንጋጋውን ያወለቁት ጥፋተኛ በመሆኑ ነው።

አየለ ደጋጋ መንግሥት አማጺዎችን አጥፍቶ የሕዝብ ሰላም መጠበቅ አለበት ወይም ከአማጺዎች ጋር መደራደር አለበት የሚለው ትክክል አይደለም። አቢይ አህመድ በነፍጠኛ መንግሥት የሚመራ ኮማንድ ፖስት መከላከያ ልዩ ፖሊስና የኦሮሚያ ፖሊስ የሚባሉትን አሰማርቶ ቤቶችን እያቃጠለ ንብረት እያወደመ ኦሮሞዎችን እየጨፈጨፈ የሕዝብ ሰላም የሚያደፈርስ ጥፋተኛ ነው።

መንግሥት አማጺያን አጥፍቶ ሰላም መፍጠር አለበት የሚለው የአሮሞ ነጻነት ጦር በሕዝብ ላይ አንዳችም ጉዳት አላደረሰም ሰላም አላደፈረሰም። በነጻነት ታጋይ በቄሮና በቀሬ የተገነባ ነጻአውጭ ጦር እንኳን አቢይ መንግሥት የደርግ መንግሥት ቢመጣ ሊያጠፋው አይችልም።

በቅርብ ጊዜ የሚጠፋው በጂምላ ሕዝብ የሚጨፈጭፍ ኦሮሞን ገድሎ ሬሣ እንደይነሳ የሚያደርግ ጅብ የሚያስበላ የአራት ልጆች እናት የሚገድል ወጣቶችን አርዶ በደማቸው እጁን ታጥቦ የሚበላ የነፍጠኞች ተላላኪ ፋሽስት የአቢይ መንግሥት ነው።


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Addis Standard (Addis Abeba, May 29/2020 )– In a joint statement released by opposition parties Oromo Liberation Front (OLF) and Oromo Federalist Congress (OFC) on Amnesty International’s Report, the parties urged “the federal and regional authorities to take the report by Amnesty International seriously, heed the recommendations put forth and promptly reverse the government’s deeply troubling record on rights and liberty.”

“In a new report, Beyond law enforcement: human rights violations by Ethiopian security forces in Amhara and Oromia, Amnesty International documents how security forces committed grave violations between December 2018 and December 2019 despite reforms which led to the release of thousands of detainees, expansion of the civic and political space and repeal of draconian laws, such as the Anti-Terrorism Proclamation, which were previously used to repress human rights,” Amnesty International.

Below is the full text of the joint statement sent to Addis Standard.

In its first comprehensive report since Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s government came into office, Amnesty International has presented a detailed account of the gross human rights violations perpetrated by the Ethiopian security forces against dissidents and perceived political opponents particularly in the Oromia and Amhara regions. The report titled “Ethiopia: Beyond Law Enforcement” and released on May 29, 2020, has precisely exposed the wanton destruction of property, rampant extrajudicial killings, arbitrary arrest and imprisonment of members of the opposition, mass detentions and forced political indoctrinations, and the application of torture and gender-based violence by state actors as a means of stamping out dissent in the last two years.  The report is a further proof that the new administration has not parted ways with the practice of forcefully stifling dissent, committing egregious human rights violations and carrying out extrajudicial killings common under its predecessor-the Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Front- despite taking over in April 2018 off the back of a much touted promise to reform itself.

Although the report provides a very good and consolidated highlight of the continued human rights violations under the current regime, it doesn’t come close to disclosing the full extent of the horrendous abuses and gruesome atrocities committed by the security forces. The report covers mostly the period up to the end of 2019. However, the situation in Oromia region specifically has gotten progressively worse this year (2020), with a substantial rise in mass incarcerations, extrajudicial killings and destructions of property in provinces that were not previously affected. The Amnesty Report highlights abuses carried out by the federal army. Nevertheless, the regime has also been using newly trained regional militia forces named ‘Liyu Police’ (Special Police) which have unleashed a reign of terror in parts of Oromia. As we speak, these forces are carrying out gross human rights violations against political prisoners and perceived political adversaries, with some being held without due process, the whereabouts of many is still not known after their abduction and on several instances relatives are finding the human remains of some of the abductees in the bushes. Reports of systematic disappearances and gruesome killings at the hands of security forces is a daily occurrence, not only in western and Southern provinces  but also in Central and Eastern Oromia. Far worse, in what appears to be to terrorize others, killing and leaving dead bodies of the victims on the streets or throwing away to the bush where they were being eaten by hyenas  have become a disturbing reality.  We condemn with the strongest terms these wanton killings and terrorizing of citizens, and we appreciate Amnesty International  for investigating and exposing  them.

Amnesty International’s reports warn that such violations and abuses could exacerbate out of control as the election nears and advises the government to take corrective measures. Indeed, as we were the election and before it was postponed due to Covid-19, crackdown on the population, restriction of movement and assembly by opposition was worsening. Although the election has been postponed, restriction of movement of the opposition, incarceration of our  leaders and members has continued unabated. 

Therefore, we 

  • Urge the federal and regional authorities to take the report by Amnesty International seriously, heed the recommendations put forth by it and promptly reverse the government’s deeply troubling record on rights and liberty of citizens;
  • Would like to remind the government that continuing along this dangerous path of wanton disregard for human life and dignity and rampant violation of rights will have far reaching consequences for the country and its people;
  • Challenge the Ethiopian government to stop denying the blatant violations of human rights in broad daylight and create an independent Inquiry Commission to absolve itself;
  • Demand the Ethiopian government to immediately release all political prisoners held at federal and local detention centers. 
  • Call upon local and international human rights organizations to conduct further investigations and expose the worsening situation across the country, particularly in recent months;
  • Call upon the United Nations Human Rights Commission to review the ongoing human rights violations in Ethiopia.
  • Call upon the international community to hold Ethiopian authorities to account for clearly reneging on their promise to help the country’s transition towards a peaceful and democratic order, and for choosing to chart an authoritarian path in keeping with the tradition of previous regimes.  

Finally, we would like to remind all stakeholders that human rights violations, the use of extrajudicial killings, torture and intimidation is what got Ethiopia into the current multifaceted socio-economic and political crisis. We believe continuing with such abuse will only deepen the crisis, fracturing the society, paralyzing the economy and paving the way for potential disintegration of the country itself. Therefore, we urge the government to refrain from repeating mistakes by past regimes and ask internal development partners to exert maximum pressure to ensure the transition towards a democratic state so as to put it back on track before it’s too late. 

Oromo Liberation Front (OLF)

Oromo Federalist Congress (OFC)

AI: Ethiopia: Rape, extrajudicial executions, homes set alight in security operations in Amhara and Oromia May 29, 2020

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Ethiopia: Rape, extrajudicial executions, homes set alight in security operations in Amhara and Oromia

29 May 2020

Ethiopian security forces committed horrendous human rights violations including burning homes to the ground, extrajudicial executions, rape, arbitrary arrests and detentions, sometimes of entire families, in response to attacks by armed groups and inter-communal violence in Amhara and Oromia, Amnesty International said today.

In a new report, Beyond law enforcement: human rights violations by Ethiopian security forces in Amhara and Oromia, Amnesty International documents how security forces committed grave violations between December 2018 and December 2019 despite reforms which led to the release of thousands of detainees, expansion of the civic and political space and repeal of draconian laws, such as the Anti-Terrorism Proclamation, which were previously used to repress human rights.The Ethiopian authorities have made notable progress in changing the country’s bleak human rights record. However, it is unacceptable that the security forces should be allowed to carry on committing human rights violations with impunity. Deprose Muchena, Amnesty International’s Director for East and Southern Africa

“The Ethiopian authorities have made notable progress in changing the country’s bleak human rights record. However, it is unacceptable that the security forces should be allowed to carry on committing human rights violations with impunity,” said Deprose Muchena, Amnesty International’s Director for East and Southern Africa. 

“With elections on the horizon, these violations and abuses could escalate out of control unless the government takes urgent measures to ensure security forces act within the law and remain impartial in undertaking their duties.”

In 2018, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s government lifted a ban on opposition parties, some of which had been designated terrorist organisations and forced into exile, allowing them to take part in elections initially scheduled for August 2020 but postponed due to COVID-19.With elections on the horizon, these violations and abuses could escalate out of control unless the government takes urgent measures to ensure security forces act within the law and remain impartial in undertaking their duties. Deprose Muchena, Amnesty International’s Director for East and Southern Africa

In trying to mobilize support, politicians have however been stirring up ethnic and religious animosities, sparking inter-communal violence and armed attacks in five of the country’s nine regional states; Amhara, Benishangul-Gumuz, Harari, Oromia and the Southern Nations, Nationalities and Peoples Region (SNNPR), and in the Dire Dawa administrative state.

In response, the government set up security Command Posts in 2018 to coordinate the operations of the Ethiopian Defense Forces (EDF), federal police, regular and special (Liyu) police units in regions, and local administration security officers called kebele militia.  

Complicity in the killings

Tensions have been high in Amhara after the Qimant, a minority group, voted for their own autonomous administrative unit in September 2017, resulting in clashes between the Amhara and Qimant communities. Amnesty International’s report reveals that the Liyu police, local administration militia and two Amhara youth vigilante groups joined forces to attack members of the Qimant community in January 2019, and again in September-October 2019, leaving at least 100 people dead and hundreds displaced. Qimant homes and property were also destroyed.

From 10-11 January 2019, the security forces and vigilante groups attacked a Qimant settlement in Metema with grenades and guns and set homes on fire. Fifty-eight people were killed within 24 hours as soldiers in a nearby camp failed to respond to cries for help. Flyers and leaflets telling Qimant civil servants to leave the area had been circulating since September 2018, but the authorities took no action.Armed Amhara youth came and killed three of my brothers and my cousin and wounded my other brother. They killed them at point-blank range while I watched. They died instantly. Dinqie Tekeda, 25, victim of attacks on Qimant community

Dinqie Tekeda, 25, escaped from her burning house with four of her brothers and a cousin only for Amhara guards at Bunna International Bank, where they had sought refuge, to expose them to vigilante youths. “Armed Amhara youth came and killed three of my brothers and my cousin and wounded my other brother. They killed them at point-blank range while I watched. They died instantly,” she said.

Another attack on 29 September 2019 left 43 more Qimants dead and 12 injured. At least one family was burnt alive in their home, a witness told Amnesty International. “Just 100 metres from my home, the youth burnt Endihnew Nega, his mother, his sister and her baby at around 10pm,” Tsedal Abate said.Just 100 metres from my home, the youth burnt Endihnew Nega, his mother, his sister and her baby at around 10pm on 29 September 2019. Tsedal Abate, a witness to attacks against Qimants

Businessman Abebe Tilahun, 38, sustained multiple injuries after a grenade was hurled into his house and the house set on fire forcing him out into a barrage of gunfire that hit his shoulder and hand. “I saw the Amhara Police Special Force and the local militia attacking the Qimant neighbourhood together with the Amhara vigilante youth. They were going from home to home to kill Qimant people,” he said.

Extrajudicial executions

Amnesty International documented the extrajudicial execution of at least 39 people in Oromia including 17-year old Seid Sheriff who was shot in the head outside a café in Harqelo, Goro Dola for allegedly alerting a motor-bike driver of an impending arrest.

Three other men – Debeso Megada (27), Ararso Gobena (16) and Qalicha Jarso (22), were killed while riding on a motorbike in January 2019 in Duqisa Megada kebele, Dugda Dawa. And yet another man, Aga Uddessa, was shot dead on 3 February 2019 as he rode past the Command Post in Harqelo, Goro Dola.The authorities must immediately stop these horrific killings. They must also ensure that those responsible for these callous and brutal acts face justice. Deprose Muchena, Amnesty International’s Director for East and Southern Africa

In Finchawa, Dugda Dawa, two truckloads of soldiers drove into town on 28 December 2018, and indiscriminately shot at people for an hour, killing 13. Witnesses told Amnesty International the attack was in retaliation for a soldier stoned to death three weeks earlier.

“The authorities must immediately stop these horrific killings. They must also ensure that those responsible for these callous and brutal acts face justice,” said Deprose Muchena.

Brutal beatings, lifetime scars

At least 10,000 people, including entire families, were arbitrarily arrested and detained in 2019 as part of the government’s crackdown on armed attacks and inter-communal violence in Oromia Region. They were accused, but never charged, for “supporting, sharing information with and feeding” members of an armed group calling itself the Oromo Liberation Army (OLA) that splintered from the Oromo Liberation Front’s (OLF) military wing.

A gunshot wound  on the arm of victim of excessive force
A bullet wound sustained on the arm of one victim we interviewed

Many people were arrested multiple times, some detained for up to five months and put through political indoctrination to compel them to support the ruling party. Most were subjected to brutal beatings. For Momina Roba, who was beaten while four months pregnant, the ordeal ended in a miscarriage.

“I was beaten on the day I was arrested and the next day. I told them I was pregnant when they were beating me. But they said it does not matter whether I am pregnant or not. They said they may even kill me,” she said.I was beaten on the day I was arrested and the next day. I told them I was pregnant when they were beating me. But they said it does not matter whether I am pregnant or not. They said they may even kill me. Momina Roba, was beaten until she miscarried

Ebise Eba was arrested in January 2019 by two local administration security officials who took her to the Duqisa Megada administration office and raped her. They said if she did not sleep with them, they would hand her over to EDF soldiers and she would be killed. “One of them, I only know his nickname ‘Qeyo’. He is from the kebele peace and security department. The other is the commander of the militia in the kebele,” she told Amnesty International.

Forced evictions, burnt homes

Since March 2019, security officers forcibly evicted at least 60 families from Oromia’s East and West Guji zones by burning down homes, often while families were inside, leaving them stranded homeless. Amnesty International further confirmed that another 300 families were forcibly relocated from their rural homes into peri-urban areas leaving being everything – household items, harvests and crops on farms.

“We are not able to come back though this is the season for harvesting coffee. We sent elders to petition the local officials to allow us to return. They told the elders we cannot return since we support (OLA),” Faysal Udo said.

“Failure to prevent inter-communal violence and the use of unlawful force by security forces against ordinary people in response to either inter-communal violence or armed attacks is tragic. Law and order measures should never harm people or deprive them of their livelihoods driving them into poverty. The authorities must ensure all evicted and relocated families can immediately and safely return to their homes and farms,” said Deprose Muchena.Failure to prevent inter-communal violence and the use of unlawful force by security forces against ordinary people in response to either inter-communal violence or armed attacks is tragic. Deprose Muchena, Amnesty International’s Director for East and Southern Africa

“The authorities must also recognize that holding diverse political views and opinions is legal. Everyone has the right to choose whom to support and these rights to freedom of expression must be guaranteed, upheld and protected. The authorities must stop killing and criminalizing people for their political choices.”

Ethiopia’s security forces accused of torture, evictions and killings – The Guardian report May 29, 2020

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Prime minister Abiy Ahmed has been lauded for his democratic reforms. But Amnesty International are now urging him to investigate allegations of serious human rights abuses

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A man waves an Oromo flag as people from the community gather in Addis Ababa in October 2019, on the eve of Irreecha, their thanksgiving festival. Photograph: Yonas Tadesse/AFP Tom Gardner in Addis Ababa Published on Fri 29 May 2020 06.15 BST

Ethiopia’s Nobel peace prize-winning prime minister Abiy Ahmed has been urged to investigate allegations that state security forces have committed a raft of serious human rights abuses including torture and unlawful killings since he came to power in 2018.

According to a report by Amnesty International, published on Friday, Ethiopia’s military and police in its two most populous regions arbitrarily detained more than 10,000 people, summarily evicted whole families from their homes – some of which were burnt and destroyed – and in some cases were complicit in inter-communal violence targeting minorities.

Federal authorities have not responded to the report, which focuses on the period between January and December 2019 in the regions of Amhara and Oromia.

“Given the gravity and the duration [of the period in which abuses were reported] I cannot believe top officials are not aware of what was happening,” the report’s author, Fisseha Tekle, told the Guardian. “And if they are not then it is a dereliction of duty.”

In Oromia, security forces are waging a counter-insurgency campaign against rebels from the Oromo Liberation Army (OLA), an armed guerrilla movement demanding more autonomy for Oromos, which returned from exile in 2018 after Abiy removed it from Ethiopia’s list of terrorist organisations.

The move was part of a package of democratic reforms which won the prime minister widespread acclaim and, along with making peace with neighbouring Eritrea, secured him the Nobel peace prize last year. Shortly after becoming prime minister Abiy also confessed that security officials had in the past committed torture, and promised to ensure the sector was fully accountable in the future. 

But the OLA has since returned to armed conflict, and accuses the government of failing to deliver its promises of more democracy and self-rule for Oromos. 

Fighting in western and southern parts of Oromia has involved targeted killings of local officials and community leaders and what the UN has described as “serious human rights violations”. In Oromia’s Guji district the unrest had driven 80,000 people from their homes by the start of this year.

Amnesty said it had a list of 39 people suspected of supporting the OLA who had been unlawfully executed in two parts of Guji since January 2019. It also said that on a single day in December 2018, soldiers from the federal military killed 13 people in the town of Finchawa in West Guji. One of those killed was an old woman selling milk on the street, according to an eyewitness who spoke to Amnesty.

Security forces are estimated to have detained more than 10,000 men and women suspected of supporting or working for the OLA, among other abuses documented by the organisation.

Many were detained for several months without being charged, in violation of both national and international human rights laws, under conditions which at times amounted to torture, the report found. Detainees were made to undergo two months of “training” in subjects such as constitutionalism, the rule of law and the history of the Oromo people’s struggle. 

In Amhara, according to the report, regional police, militia and local vigilante groups engaged in targeted attacks on ethnic Qemant, a minority group demanding more autonomy, in inter-communal violence which resulted in at least 130 deaths last year. In January 2019, at least 58 people were reportedly killed in less than 24 hours and buried in mass graves. 

Nobody has yet been held accountable for the atrocity.

Amnesty said it had sought responses to its findings from nine government offices including the defence ministry and the attorney-general’s office but had only received a response from Amhara’s regional security bureau, which denied that state security forces had been involved in any atrocities. Suspicion and fear linger as Ethiopia’s campus wars go quietRead more

The rights group called on the government to carry out full investigations into human rights violations and to order security forces to stop carrying out unlawful executions, arbitrary arrests and detention, as well as forced evictions and destruction of property belonging to people suspected of supporting opposition political parties or armed groups.

In February last year the former head of the Ethiopian army said it had embarked on “deep institutional reform” as part of the democratic changes sweeping the nation.

The head of the Ethiopian Human Rights Commission, Daniel Bekele, told the Guardian: “While the Amnesty findings and ongoing reports of killings and arrests in parts of Oromia region should be taken seriously and fully investigated, it is also important to understand the complex nature of the security operations where armed groups are seriously destabilising the affected areas.”

The prime minister’s office said it would put the Guardian’s request for official comment to the peace ministry, which did not respond in time for publication.

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ሰሞኑን በሙላቷ ጉዳታ፣ በመሐመድ አሚን ሲራጅ፣ በለሊሳ ተፈሪ፣ በካዮ አቦሴ የጭካኔ ግድያ የተሰበረ ልባችን ሳያገግም ሃይማኖት በdhaadha የተባለች ለግላጋ ወጣት አውሬአዊ መንፈስ በተጠናወታቸው ጨካኞች ታረደች።
በበጋው ወራት በወልዲያ፣ በጎንደር፣ በደብረ ብርሃንና በድሬዳዋ ዩኒቨርሲቲዎች የኦሮሞ ወጣቶች ለትምህርት ወጥተው በጩቤ፣ በዱላ፣ በብረት እንደ እባብ ተቀቅጠው ወይም ከፎቅ ተወርውረው ሲገደሉ ነበር። አንድም የመንግሥት አካል የፌደራሉም ይሁን የክልል ያንን አስነዋሪ ድርጊት አላወገዘም። ወንጀለኞችን ለፍርድ አላቀረበም። ብልጥግናዎች ይህንን ነውረኛ ወንጀል አላማውገዛቸው የራሳቸውንም ነውረኝነት የሚያጋልጥ ነው። ይህንን ውንብድና ያላወገዘ፣ ተከታትሎ ያላጣራ፣ ውድ ልጆቻቸውን ያጡ ወላጆችን እግዚአብሔር ያጥናችሁ ለማለት ያልደፈረ አስተዳደር ነውረኛ ነው። በወለጋ፣ በጉጂና ቦረና በሚካሄደውን መንግስታዊ ሽብር እየተቀጠፉ ያሉ ወጣቶቻንን፣ በቤታቸው፣ በጓሮአቸው የሚረሸኑ እናቶችንንና አባቶችን ቤት ይቁጠራቸው። መቼም በነዚህ አካባቢዎች የሚንቀሳቀሱ አማጽያን ለመንግሥታዊ ሽብር እንደሰበብ ቢታሰበ እንኳን በሐረርና በሸገር ሰላማዊ ምሁራን ላይ የሚካሄደው ግድያ ምን ግብ፣ ምን ፖለቲካዊ አላማ ቢኖረው ነው?
እሺ ወንድ ልጅ የሆነ ነገር ተወራጭቶ ጉዳት ያደርሳል ተብሎ ይታሰብ። የጨቅላ ህፃናት እናትና ሀገር ደህና ብላ በምርምር ሥራዋ ላይ ደፋ ቀና የምትል ወጣት ለምን ትገደል?
ይህንን አረመኔያዊ ድርጊት የማያወግዝ፣ ወንጀለኛን ተከታትሎ ህግ ፊት የማያቀርብ መንግሥት የድርጊቱ አቀናባሪ ነው ከማለት ውጭ ሌላ ፍች አይኖረውም። ምንድነው እየተካሄደ ያለው?
እንዲህ ዓይነት አንድን ማህበረሰብ ለይቶ የጥቃት ዒላማ ያደረገ አገዛዝ ኢትዮጵያን ለዘላለም አስከብሮ ለዘላለም ሊያቆያት ይችላልን? ወይስ ኢትዮጵያን ሊያፈርሳት ዕቅድ ይዞ እየተንቀሳቀሰ ነው?
እኔ እስከሚገባኝ ድረስ ፖለቲካ የአስተዳደር ጥበብ ነው። ሽብር፣ መግደል፣ ማዋከብ፣ ማሰር፣ ማሸማቀቅ ጥበብ አይደለም። ይህንንም ማንም ዶማ ራስ ይከውነዋል። ለመግደል ምን ጥበብ ይፈልጋል? ለማሰቃየት ምን ጥበብ ይፈልጋል? ደደቦች የተፈጠሩት ለንዲህ አይነት የህሊናን ምርምር ለማይጠይቅ ተግባር አይደለምን?
የብልፅግና መንግሥት ሆይ ንፁሃን በመግደል ትከስራላችሁ እንጂ አታተርፉም። እናንተ ካልሆናችሁ (ወታደሮቻችሁን ማለቴ አይደለም፣ በናንተ ዋናይነት የሚካሄድ) ከዚህ ሽብር ጀርባ ያላችሁ፣ ገዳዮችን አሁኑኑ ለፍርድ አቅርቡ።

Oromia (Ethiopia): EXCLUSIVE: Health woes, outrage, and toxins near Ethiopia gold mine: ‘We are the walking dead.’ May 28, 2020

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EXCLUSIVE: Health woes, outrage, and toxins near Ethiopia gold mine

‘We are the walking dead.’

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Oromia: Arbitrary Arrests and Extra-Judicial Killings of Political Dissents Continued in Ethiopia May 27, 2020

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Oromia: Arbitrary Arrests and Extra-Judicial Killings of Political Dissents Continued in Ethiopia

According to HRLHA’s Urgent Appeal, no progress to arrest of political dissents in Oromia. “Arbitrary arrest and forced disappearance of political dissents have been escalating throughout Oromia region compared to other regions of the country at this critical moment when the danger of Corona virus is highly threatening the country.”

HRLHA also revealed the details of many innocent citizens, supporters and members of the two vanguard oppositions namely Oromo Federalist Congress (OFC) and Oromo Liberation Front (OLF)
who have been languishing in different known and unknown detention centers for several months.

“Hundreds have been mercilessly killed and even some of them were denied burial and eaten by hyena,” says the appeal.

According to the HRLHA’s argent appeal, journalists of Sagalee Qeerroo Bilisummaa Oromoo (Voice of Oromo Youth for Freedom) among others, Adugna Kesso and Gada Bulti; as well as Oromia News Network (ONN) journalists Dasu Dula and Wako Nole were arbitrarily arrested, denied safeguards of due process of law and remain suffering behind the Bar.

It also added that top OLF leadership and senior members such as Kayyo Fufa, Yaasoo Kabada, Dandi Gabroshe, Efrem Geleta, Mo’a Abdisa, Tariku Abdisa, Bayana Ruda (Prof), Aliyi Yusuf, Abdi Ragassa, Batire File, Gada Gabisa, Blisumma Ararsa, Olika Chali etc have been languishing in known and unknown prisons for several months without charge.

This Urgent Appeal addresses recent detailed arbitrary arrests, extra judicial killings and physical assaults where each cases are substantiated by photograph and important facts of the violations.

Source: advocacy4oromia

Mohammedamin Siraj brutally murdered and thrown in the bush

On Thursday, May 14th, 2020, Mohammedamin Siraj was abducted by the Ethiopian government securities from his office in Harar city. He was an employee of Oromia cooperative work office of eastern Hararge province (waldaya Hojii gamtaa Oromiyaa godina Haragee bahaa). He was arrested under a pretext of ‘quarantining for suspicion of contracting #COVID-19’; which turned out to be an outright lie; brutally murdered and thrown his body out in the bush around Babile town. After few days of disappearance, on Monday 18th of May, local farmers found a leftover of a human remains partially eaten by scavengers and reported the scene to the police. Later that day, the police buried a partially scavenged body without a proper investigation and consent of his family.

Mohammedamin Siraj was a brave soul. He was an outspoken critic of the government. He has never been silenced to speak out against the injustice perpetrated to the Oromoo people from the successive Ethiopian regimes. Because of that, he had suffered numerous intimidation, death threats, tortures and detentions.

Mohammedamin Siraj was born in Galamso town of eastern Oromia; graduated from Jimma university. He was a family man and he is a father of two minor children. 

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DW: በኦሮሚያ ክልል የምዕራብ ወለጋው የጸጥታ ችግር እና የነዋሪዎች አቤቱታ

በምዕራብ ወለጋ ዞን ላሎ አሳቢ ወረዳ ከባለፈው ማክሰኞ አንስቶ የመንግስት በጸጥታ ሐይሎች በወሰዱት እርምጃ   በላሎ አሳቢ ስር በሚገኙ   በዋንጆ፣ኬላይ እና ጃርሶ ዳሞታ በተባሉ ስፍራዎች አምስት ሰዎች ህይወት ማለፉን የአካባቢው ነዋሪዎች ተናግረዋል፡፡

በምዕራብ ወለጋ ዞን ላሎ አሳቢ ወረዳ ከባለፈው ማክሰኞ አንስቶ የመንግስት በጸጥታ ሐይሎች በወሰዱት እርምጃ   በላሎ አሳቢ ስር በሚገኙ   በዋንጆ፣ኬላይ እና ጃርሶ ዳሞታ በተባሉ ስፍራዎች አምስት ሰዎች ህይወት ማለፉን የአካባቢው ነዋሪዎች ተናግረዋል፡፡  የንግድ ድርጅቶችን ጨምሮ አራት መኖሪያ ቤቶችም መቃጠላቸውን የአካባቢው  ነዋሪዎች አክለዋል፡፡ የምዐራብ ወለጋ ዞን ዋና አስተዳዳሪ አቶ ኤሊያ ኡመታ በበኩላቸው መንግስት በአካባቢው የህግ የበላይነት በማስከበር ላይ ይገኛል ብለዋል፡፡ የመንግሰት ጸጥታ ሀይሎች ህግን ከማስከበር ውጭ  በነዋሪው ላይ ያደረሱት ጉዳት እንደሌለም አክለዋል፡፡ በመንግስት ጸጥታ ኃይሎች እና ሸማቂዎች መካካል በነበረው ግጭት ምክንያት ጉዳት የደረሰባቸው ካለም አጣርተን ይፋ እናደርጋለን ብለዋል፡፡

ከምዕራብ ወለጋ ዞን  ግምቢ ከተማ በ23 ኪ.ሜ ርቀት ላይ በሚትገኘው ላሎ አሳቢ ወረዳ  ከሸማቂዎች ጋር ግንኙነት አላችሁ በማለት የመንግስት ጸጥታ ሀይሎች በወረዳዋ ውስጥ በሚትገኙ ወንጆ በተባለች ስፋራ በተለያዩ የስራ ዘርፍ በተሰማሩ ግለሰቦች ላይ ጉዳት ማድረሱን ነዋሪቹ ገልጸዋል፡፡ አንድ ስማቸው እዲገለጽ ያልፈለጉ   በላሎ አሳቢ ወረዳ ዋንጆ ከተማ ነዋሪ  የመንግስት ጸጥታ ሀይሎች አደረሱት ባሉት ጥቃት በዋንጆ ከተማ ብቻ የሶስት የሰዎች ህይወት ሲያልፍ  አራት ቤቶች ደግሞ ተቃጥለዋል፡፡

…ድርጊቱ የተፈጸመው በምዕራብ ወለጋ ዞን ላሎ አሳቢ ወረዳ ዋንጆ ከተማ ነው፡፡ ታጠቃዎችን ትቀልባላቹ፣ደብቃቹል፣ መረጃም  አቀብላቹል ተብለው ሰላማዊ ሰው ማሰር፣ ቤት ማቃጠል እና በሰዎች ላይ ከፈተኛ ድብደባ አድረሰዋል፡፡ በሰላም ወጥቶ በሰላም መግባት አሳሳቢ በሆኔ ሁኔታ ውስጥ ነው ህዝቡ ያለው፡፡ ቤት ከተቃጠለበቸው መካከልም አቶ ደሳለኝ የተባሉ ሀኪም ሲሆኑ ክሊኒክም ነበራቸው፡፡ አቶ ከፍያለው እና አቶ ኪዳኑ  የሚባሉ ደግሞ በንግድ ስራ የተሰማራ ሲሆኑ ቤታቸውና ያለቸውን ቡና ሳይቀር  ተቃጥለባቸዋል፡፡ ከሞቱት መካካልም አቶ አበያ ቀልበሳ የእንስሳት ሀኪም የነበሩ  ፣አቶ ጋማችስ ጫላ፣  ወጣት መርጋ የተባለውም  የዋንጆ ከተማ  ነዋሪና  ተማሪ የነበረ ሲሆን kትናት በስቲያ  ስራተ ቀብራቸው ተፈጽመዋል፡፡ ፣ቃኖ ኤፍረም የተባለው ደግሞ  በላሎ አሳቢ ወረዳ ጃርሶ ዳሞታ ቀበሌ ነዋሪና ዘምድ ለመጠየቅ ወደ ዋንጆ እያቀና ባለበት ሰዓት ነበር የተገደለው፣   አንዲት ሴትም  ትናት ጠዋት በላሎ አሳቢ ኬላይ በተባለ ስፋራ ህይወቷ አልፏል ፡፡ ከሟቶቹ መካከል ቃኖ ኤፍረም የተባለው  የወለጋ ዩኒቨርሲቲ ሶስተኛ ዓመት ተማሪ እንደነበርም ተናግረዋል፡፡

በከተማው በንግድ ስራ የተሰማሩ ሌላው የላሉ አሳቢ ነዋሪ  ሸማቂዎችን በገንዘብ ትደግፋለ ተብለው ቤታቸው እና ሱቃቸውም መቃጠሉን ተናግረዋል፡፡ ….  እኔ በንግድ ስራ ነው የሚተዳደረው ያለኝን ንብረት በሙሉ ነው ያቀጠሉብኝ ያለኝም ሱቅናና አንድ መኪና ሙሉ ንብረት አቃጥለዋል፡፡  ሰላማዊ ሰው ይደበድባሉ፣ሸኔ አለ እያሉ ያስረራራሉ ለዚህ ነው አካባቢውን ለቀን የሸሸነው፡፡ አሁን በርካታ ሰዎች ቤታቸውን ለቀው ወደ ሌላ አካባቢ እየሸሹ ነው፡፡

የምዕራብ ወለጋ ዞን ዋና አስተዳዳሪ አቶ ኤሊያስ ኡመታ በዚው ጉዳይ ላይ በሰጡት ማብራሪያ  በአካባቢው የመንግስት ጸጥታ ሐይል ህግን ለማስከበር ከተሰማራ ረጅም ጊዜ እንደሆነ  ተናግረዋል፡፡ በአካባውም የተሰማራው የመንገስት ወታሮች  እና በሸማቂዎች መካካል በተለያዩ  ስፋራዎች ሰሞኑን  ግጭቶች እንደነበሩ የገለጹ ሲሆን ሰላማዊ ሰዎች በመንግስት ጸጥታ ሀይሎች  ስለመሞታቸውና ቤት ስለመቃጡም ደግሞ የተጣራ መረጃ የለንም ብለዋል፡፡  

በአካባቢው ያለውን ችግር ሰላማዊ መንገድ መፍታት ባለ መቻሉ መንግስት እርምጃ እየወሰደ መሆኑን ኃላፊው ጠቆመዋል፡፡ በምዕራብ ወለጋ እና ሌሎችም አካባቢዎች  ከዚህ ቀደም መንግስት በአካባው ሰላም ለማስፍን ሲባል ለሶስት ወራት ያህል  የስልክና ኢንተርኔት አገልግሎት አቋርጦ እንደነበረም የሚታወስ ነው፡፡

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Region in danger: Saving Oromiyaa is in the interest of the world May 10, 2020

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Region in danger: Saving Oromiyaa is in the interest of the world. Colonialism is refusing to go away from Oromiyaa. Oromo land and resources are still in the hands of alien government or its agents. Gleam of hope that has come increasing ever after fall of the last emperor has never been under so much threat of extinction as the present. Reversal of all the gains of half a century is underway. Supporting one of theirs to power made the matter worse than when power was in the hands of aliens. Culling of Oromo youth is going on daily to deny Oromiyaa stable, strong organization and leadership. Oromo nationalists are being accused of provoking killings of the youth and grieving of mothers in anticipation of own more plans ahead. This should have been an era when past oppressed and oppressors reconcile and build new relations, not campaigning to retake what the oppressor lost. Sovereignty belongs to all peoples not to old Ethiopia. To whine about it is not the wisest thing to do for it amounts to call for arms. Whatever was left of EPRDF was entrusted to what was referred to as “Team Lammaa” till power is transferred to peoples peacefully. That trust is betrayed with the trustee dashing peoples’ hopes. The Oromo nationalist that gave his name to the team, Lammaa Magarsaa is not tolerated even for his grief to a compatriot to be aired. This is never done in democratic country. How can one trust the establishment which has no harmony even between its functionaries? Over all, present attitudes of politicians of empire Ethiopia does not give hope for any meaningful relation, rather eminent danger is looming over her. All nations, nationalities and peoples of the region have to build together a new sovereign union of the willing and equal, not a chip of Old Nafxanyaa empire Ethiopia. It is their sovereignty not of a myth that peoples should uphold. Oromiyaa will never give up her sovereignty again and be governable without Oromo expressed free will.
Temperature and craving for power of some is high, rationality is getting zero. Concern for peoples’ interest is at its lowest. All are unable to relate today with yesterdays. The road taken to reach here has its own irreversible history. It is only if we could accept that reality that we can talk about togetherness of today and tomorrow. Still there are Amharic speaking groups that are clinging to old Ethiopia and are refusing genuine federal system which only could cement relations of colonies and their former colonizers. That constitution is not a gift like all in the past but a result of blood and sweat of the oppressed. Today the oppressed cannot cite that right without getting barrages of verbal attacks branding them as “Zaranyaa”; imprisonments and killings from Amharic speaking organizations and the rulers. Many contemptuous demands are being forwarded as if they can pass without a fight back, as in the dark yesteryears. Oromiyaan haa jiraattu.
Until consensus is achieved, the Oromo says let us sleep over it and group or individual does not say I know all for you and decide. Now strange thing is happening; to force his own will on them PP chairman has started threatening the opposition and calling names. He is probably seriously taking that he has divine mandate to lead the empire. What does rebuke and warning a senior freedom fighter in public for politely presented opinion imply? As heir to an autocracy, reverting to tradition seems inevitable and that is force not will of the ruled. That seems the way resolving the present cris is going to be tried. There is no article to twist for face saving; a lame duck illegitimate government cannot meddle with the constitution. Unprecedented arrogance and furry cannot cover the shortfall. It is good to realize that uncontrolled power leads to absolute power which in turn leads to downfall. The empire is going berserk; it is getting more dangerous than COVID 19.
It requires selfless group to avert the danger. Some fails to understand that there is no force in the empire that can now try to impose its will on others and expect to remain unscathed. On the contrary no one will be spared from hurting by the resulting chaos and destruction. Losers from democratic transformation are trying hard to destabilize Oromiyaa in perpetuity because of its potentials to bring peace, freedom, equality and stability to the region. When push comes to shove Oromo will have the least to lose. Preparing to face the worst could save not only the nation but also the region as well. That is why we say, “Saving Oromiyaa is in the interest of the world”. For the sake of peace, let all beseech the PM to save his furry and bow for reason and look for solution with all others not only the Neo-Nafxanyaa. Any aggressor Virus or Human shall be defeated by cooperation of forces of peace and freedom. Oromiyaan haa

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