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UNPO: Oromo: Nationwide Protests Against Continued Marginalization and Suppression August 8, 2016

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Oromo: Nationwide Protests Against Continued Marginalization and Suppression

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Already, dozens have been killed and thousands arrested by security forces in what is a new, nation-wide wave of Oromo protest which has swept through Ethiopia. When the protests started in November 2015, the focus was primarily on the central government’s proposed expansion of the capital into Oromo territory. Since then, the protestor’s focus has widened – mainly due to the government’s brutal response – and they now raise broader economic and political grievances which are also shared by other ethnic groups in Ethiopia.

 

Below is an article published by African Arguments:

Ethiopia’s largest ethnic group, the Oromo, have staged nationwide rallies today to protest their continued marginalisation and persecution by the government. These are a culmination of ongoing protests by the Oromo people since November 2015 and mark by far the most significant political development in the country since the death of the country’s long-time authoritarian leader, Meles Zenawi, in 2012.

At least hundreds of thousands of protestors reportedly took to the streets in more than 200 towns and cities across Oromia, Ethiopia’s largest regional state, to demonstrate against widespread and systematic persecution. According to local media reports, over 50 individuals have been killed and thousands arrested as police and security forces opened fire on peaceful protestors. These details are likely to change as more information comes in, though the government has severely restricted the internet and social media making communication difficult.

What are now widely referred to as the #Oromoprotests began in November 2015 when the government introduced the Addis Ababa City Integrated Master Plan, effectively expanding the territorial limits of capital Addis Ababa into neighbouring Oromo towns and villages. Oromo political leaders and activists argued that the plan, as designed, would displace millions of Oromo farmers from their ancestral lands and would threaten to eventually cleanse Oromo culture and identity from the area.

The protests were triggered by the announcement of the Master Plan and menacing land-grab policies that have already displaced more than 150, 000 Oromo farmers from the area, but they were also manifestations of a much deeper crisis of massive ethnic-based inequalities and discontentment that have been boiling underground, waiting to erupt.

Since the protests have begun, the government has arrested and jailed many of its vital and outspoken activists and organisers. A recent report by the Human Rights Watch puts the death toll from the first seven months of the protest at over 400 while the figure tallied by activists is significantly higher.

The Oromo are the largest ethnic group both in Ethiopia and East Africa, consisting of more than a third of Ethiopia’s 100 million people. However, the group has been marginalised and discriminated against by subsequent Ethiopian governments. Oromo culture and identity have been stigmatised and pushed into the periphery of country’s national life, while Oromo history has been filtered out of public memory.

Since assuming state power in 1991, the Tigray Peoples Liberation Front (TPLF) has sought to exploit historic disagreements between the Oromos and Amharas, the second largest ethnic group, to sustain the hegemony of ethnic Tigrayan elites. The TPLF framed longstanding Oromo demands for equality and justice as the greatest threat to Ethiopia’s unity and regional stability, and it used historic antagonisms between Oromo and Amhara as a political instrument to legitimise, justify, and consolidate its political and economic hegemony. The “Oromo question” became the quintessential Ethiopian problem.

Within this frame, Oromos are presented as narrow-minded, extremist, and exclusionary, while the Amharas are presented as chauvinist and violent. By producing crisis between the two groups, the current TPLF-led system presented itself both locally and internationally as the only moderate centrist force that can secure Ethiopia’s sovereignty and territorial integrity from the secessionist threat of the Oromos and the perceived far-right extremism of the Amharas.

In the decade since 9/11, Ethiopia refashioned itself as an anchor of stability in an increasingly restless region and began to build a reputation as a regional policing and intelligence powerhouse. As part of this West-facing strategy, it announced its 2006 invasion of Somalia as a war against terrorism, conning the US into sponsoring its proxy war with Eritrea. As the crisis in Somalia deepened, Ethiopia cemented its reputation further, emerging as America’s most reliable partner in the Horn of Africa.

This is not a partnership based on shared values of freedom, liberty, and commitment to democracy, but one based purely on security considerations. Ethiopia served as America’s local ally, and America, in turn, provided enormous financial, technical and diplomatic support. This brought in much-needed resources for the government to build the political and security infrastructure that has as its main aim the policing, control, and surveillance of internal dissent and opposition.

As the US began to define its foreign and human rights policy through the lens of fighting terror − entering a period of post-truth and post-moral politics in which sacrificing people in distant places in return for security became fair game − this emerged as the paradigmatic threat upon which the West’s fears and anxieties were projected. This made its ally Ethiopia completely impervious to criticism, even as the government used its grotesque anti-terrorism law to crush dissent, decimate the opposition, muzzle the media, and shrink civic space to extinction – all the while holding periodic elections.

Just as terrorism in the West is entangled with religion, terrorism in Ethiopia is entangled with ethnicity. And Oromos have been the primary victims of Ethiopia’s cynical appropriation of the cultural referents and resonances of the War on Terror.

Ethnic domination forms the hidden underside of the terrorism-politics nexus in the country. And its anti-terrorism law has provided the government with the most powerful political device to criminalise, police, and prosecute independent expressions and articulations of the Oromo question. Through the magic of this law, even the most basic of demands for human rights or expressions of opposition to government policy can be twisted into an existential threat.

Ethiopia’s persistent turn to its anti-terrorism law to purge critical opposition, activists, journalists, and community leaders is an unqualified disgrace to Ethiopia and its partners on the Global War on Terror.

The #Oromoprotests are a clear response to these and other forms of historic discrimination, and today’s nationwide protests mark a clear break from previous forms of protests in terms of its coordination and mobilisation. In a letter addressed to the government, protestors expressed their rejection of “the regime” and specifically asked the government to stop the violence against the Oromo, to free Oromo and other political prisoners, and to end military rule in Oromia and allow genuine self-rule, among others.

The government’s violent response to peaceful demands has led protestors to demand more radical and systemic change. The #Oromoprotests are no longer a single-issue movement. This is unchartered territory for the country and how the government reacts could go a long way to determining its fate. But today’s protest makes it clear that there can be no more business as usual for Ethiopia’s ruling elites.


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AI: Grand #OromoProtests: ETHIOPIA: UNLAWFUL KILLINGS August 8, 2016

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Ethiopia: Dozens killed as police use excessive force against peaceful protesters


AImnesty International, 8 August 2016


At least 97 people were killed and hundreds more injured when Ethiopian security forces fired live bullets at peaceful protesters across Oromia region and in parts of Amhara over the weekend, according to credible sources who spoke to Amnesty International.

Thousands of protesters turned out in Oromia and Amhara calling for political reform, justice and the rule of law. The worst bloodshed – which may amount to extrajudicial killings – took place in the northern city of Bahir Dar where at least 30 people were killed in one day.

“The security forces’ response was heavy-handed, but unsurprising. Ethiopian forces have systematically used excessive force in their mistaken attempts to silence dissenting voices,” said Michelle Kagari, Amnesty International’s Deputy Regional Director for East Africa, the Horn and the Great Lakes.

“These crimes must be promptly, impartially and effectively investigated and all those suspected of criminal responsibility must be brought to justice in fair trials before ordinary civilian courts without recourse to death penalty.”

Information obtained by Amnesty International shows that police fired live bullets at protesters in Bahir Dar on 7 August, killing at least 30. Live fire was also used in Gondar on 6 August, claiming at least seven lives.

The security forces’ response was heavy-handed, but unsurprising. Ethiopian forces have systematically used excessive force in their mistaken attempts to silence dissenting voices
Michelle Kagari, Amnesty International’s Deputy Regional Director for East Africa, the Horn and the Great Lakes

No deaths were reported from the Addis Ababa protests, but photos and videos seen by Amnesty International show police beating protesters with batons at Meskel Square, the capital’s main public space.

In Oromia and Amhara, hundreds were arrested and are being held at unofficial detention centres, including police and military training bases.

“We are extremely concerned that the use of unofficial detention facilities may expose victims to further human rights violations including torture and other forms of ill-treatment,” said Michelle Kagari.

“All those arrested during the protests must be immediately and unconditionally released as they are unjustly being held for exercising their right to freedom of opinion.”

Background

The protests in Oromia are a continuation of peaceful demonstrations that began in November 2015 against a government masterplan to integrate parts of Oromia into the capital Addis Ababa. Deaths were reported in multiple towns in the region, including Ambo, Adama, Asassa, Aweday, Gimbi, Haromaya, Neqemte, Robe and Shashemene.

The protests in Amhara began on 12 July 2016 when security forces attempted to arrest Colonel Demeka Zewdu, one of the leaders of the Wolqait Identity and Self-Determination Committee, for alleged terrorism offences.

Wolqait is an administrative district in Tigray Region that was part of Amhara Region before the ruling Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) came to power 1991. It has been agitating for reintegration into Amhara for the last 25 years.


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Daily Mail: Grand #OromoProtests: At least 90 protesters killed in Ethiopia – residents, opposition August 8, 2016

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At least 90 protesters killed in Ethiopia – residents, opposition


By Aaron Maasho


ADDIS ABABA, Aug 8 (Reuters) – More than 90 people were shot dead by security forces in protests across Ethiopia’s Oromiya and Amhara regions at the weekend, residents and opposition officials said on Monday.

Unrest flared in Oromiya for several months until early this year over plans to allocate farmland surrounding the regional capital for development. Authorities scrapped the scheme in January, but protests flared again over the continued detention of opposition demonstrators.

At the weekend, protesters chanted anti-government slogans and waved dissident flags. Some demanded the release of jailed opposition politicians.

“So far, we have compiled a list of 33 protesters killed by armed security forces that included police and soldiers but I am very sure the list will grow,” Mulatu Gemechu, deputy chairman of the opposition Oromo Federalist Congress, said.

The deaths were in at least 10 towns across Oromiya, he said, including Ambo, Dembi Dolo and Nekemt – areas that saw previous rounds of protest.

“Twenty-six people have been injured, while several have been detained,” Mulatu said, adding three members of his party were also being held.

Government officials were not immediately available for comment. The state-owned Ethiopian News Agency said “illegal protests” by “anti-peace forces” had been brought under control. It did not mention casualties.

DISPUTED TERRITORY

Oromiya is the second region to be hit by unrest in the past few days.

In Amhara, residents said police fired live bullets at demonstrators during protests over disputed territory that continued until early Monday in the city of Bahir Dar.

“Soldiers fired live rounds at protesters. Hospitals have been filled by dead and wounded victims,” one resident said, putting the number killed at 60.

Tensions have been rumbling for two decades over the status of Wolkayt district, a stretch of land that protesters from Amhara say was illegally incorporated into the neighbouring Tigray region to the north.

Nigusu Tilahun, spokesperson for the regional government, told state-affiliated news outlets that seven people died over the weekend.

Amnesty International said the bloodshed in Bahir Dar may amount to “extrajudicial killings” and that at least 30 people were killed in one day.

The United States said it was “deeply concerned” by the violence in both regions.

“We reaffirm our call to respect the constitutionally enshrined rights of all citizens, including those with opposition views, to gather peacefully and to express their opinions,” its embassy in Addis Ababa said in a statement.

Any sign of unrest is closely watched in Ethiopia, a Western ally against Islamist militants in neighbouring Somalia and an economic power seen as a centre of relative stability in a fragile region.

“Ethiopian forces have systematically used excessive force in their mistaken attempts to silence dissenting voices,” Michelle Kagari, Amnesty International’s Deputy Regional Director for East Africa, the Horn and the Great Lakes, said. (Reporting by Aaron Maasho; Editing by George Obulutsa and Janet Lawrence)


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Addis Standard News: Grand #OromoProtests: Carnage as Ethiopia Forces Conduct Massive Crackdown Against Anti-Government Protesters in Multiple Places August 8, 2016

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The total death toll from 6 & 7 August 2016, Saturday protest and Sundays attacks on funerals have surpassed 150. These are in addition to over 500 Oromo national killed by the same fascist TPLF.-  Oromian Economist admin sources


News: Carnage as Ethiopia Forces Conduct Massive Crackdown Against Anti-Government Protesters in Multiple Places


(Addis Standard) — Addis Standard has so far received reports of the death of more than 50 Ethiopians in Oromia and Amhara regions of the country following massive anti-government protests over the weekend, during which the government entirely shut down internet connections throughout the country.

According to several tips received by Addis Standard from individuals who want to remain anonymous for fear of repercussions, death tolls were high in West Arsi (in Assasa, Adaba, Shashemene and Kofele cities), West Shewa in the city of Ambo and Ginchi town, east Hararge and east Wolega of the Oromia regional state. Accordingly more than 30 individuals were believed to have been shot dead by security forces on Saturday alone. Hundreds of protesters have also sustained gunshot wounds; hundreds detained by security forces while several people have disappeared without a trace.

A university student in Ambo who is originally from Dambi Dollo in Wolega called Addis Standard on Sundays with information that the police have abducted both his brother and his father “from their home on Saturday night. “

Further tips from northern Ethiopia also indicate that more than 20 individuals were killed on Friday and Saturday during protests in Gondar and Bahir Dar cities, ancient histories city home to thousands of tourists and the capital of the Amhara regional state respectively. It is believed that more than 20 individuals were killed by security forces. According to the government’s own account, seven people were killed in yesterday’s protest rally in Bahir Dar city, while five police officers were hospitalized. However, unconfirmed reports on social media claim the number to exceed 30.

The weekend protests in Bahir Dar followed a previous protest held between July 12th and 14th in which more than a dozen people were killed and a massive peaceful protest in the weekend of 30-31 July in Gonder city.

The protest in Amhara region followed a raid by heavily armed federal security forces, including the Anti-Terrorism special force, targeting members of the Wolkayit community who have been protesting against the federal government’s decision to incorporate the area where the community lives into the Tigray regional state. The Wolkayit community members also reject the idea of them being ethnically considered as Tigrayan and want to identify themselves as Amhara.

More causality feared

The death toll from both regions could reach as high as 80, according to online activists who post pictures of individuals who have died or have sustained severe wounds caused by gun shots.

The weekend region wide anti-government protests in Oromia regional state were called by online activists of the #OromoProtest, a persistent anti-government protest by Ethiopia’s largest ethnic group, the Oromo that lasted for the last nine months.

Accordingly, protests have happened in almost all major cities and small towns across the Oromia regional state, the largest of the nine regional states in Ethiopia home to close to 40 million of Ethiopia’s more than 100 million populations. Here in the capital Addis Abeba, a city originally belonging to the Oromo, police have quickly, and brutally dispersed protesters and have sealed roads leading up to Mesqel Square where online activists called for the protests to happen.

According to a recent report by Human Rights Watch (HRW), more than 400 Oromos were killed by security forces since the ongoing protest first flared up on November 12, 2015 in Ginchi, a small town some 80 Kms South West of the Capital Addis Abeba. In Addition to the report by the HRW, activists are also documenting the death, injuries and forced disappearances of individuals from areas where protests are taking place. Hundreds of University students have also been dismissed from several state universities located in the region.


Gabaasa Magaalaa Naqamtee irraa

(SBO/VOL – Hagayya 08,2016) Yakki suukaneessaan Uummata Oromoorratti raawwaachaa jiru hidda bal’iffachuun sadarkaa hawwwaasi akka galaanaa irratti galagale irrattillee addatti labsii waraanaa sagale guddoftuun beeksisuun meeshaa waraanaa hamma funyaaniitti hidhate sanaan Reeffa ilmaan keenyaa, dhiiga Uummata Oromoo akka galaanati dhangaalaasuu itti fufeera.

Addatti tibba kana magaalaa Naqamtee keessatti Gumuzoota hidhatan magaalaa Naqamtee Weerarsiisuun dhukaasaa Uummata nagaa bahe irratti roobsee, namoota 20,ol ajjeesuu ijaan arginee jirra.

Ani yeroon gabaasa kana qindeessu aariin jabaa fi akkasuma muddama dhukaasa qawwee mataarraa na xaxxaaxa’u jala taa’ee barreessuulle akka koo kan obsuu dadhabanii magaalattii keessa maanguddoo imimmaan harcaasaa bohanii mankaraaran ilaaluu hangan baqadhutti utuun gahuun, dhukaasa gadi qabamee nutti dhuka’u keessa magaalaattii goree mimmiliqaan barreessaa jira.

Dhuguma akka addunyaan dantaa uummatichaa hin qabne namatti agarsiisa. Mootummaan wayyaanee mootummaa ofiin bultuu ta’uushee mootummaa gaafatamni itti hin dhaga’amne callisee dhuukaasa namatti dhukaastu ta’uushee hubadheen jira.

Bakkeewwan rasaasni itti namoota keenya alanfatan Boordii, Bakke Jaamaa, Naannoo Hospitaalaa, Hoteela Addunyaa Galataa fuuldura, namaa karaa deemurratti, Hospitaala National fuuldura fi mana Amantaa Musilimaa cinaatti. Halkan sa’a afur keessa namni Afur lubbuun darbe video ergamerraa mirkaneffachuu dandeessu.

Dhukaasa guyyaa dheengaddaa guyyaa guutuu dhukaa’a tureen namoota hanga soddomaa ta’an lubbuun dhabnee jirra. Haa ta’u malee kana addaan baafachuuf reeffa keenyarratti waan nu rukutaa jiraniif maqaa kanneen addaan baasuun rakkisaa ta’aa jira. Addatti namoonnii halkan halkan akkasuma karaa asphaaltirratti akka hantuutaa ajjeefamaa jiraachuu ijaan argaa jirra.

Dhuguma Naqamte keessa guyyoota sadiif hojiin kamillee hojjetamaa hin jiru. Iyya keenya akka hin dhageessifneef connection kukkutaa jirti wayyaaneen. Nuti jiraattonni Naqamtee fi naannoo ishee dararaa jabduu addunyaan nuu hin beekne keessa jirra.


 

IBT: Grand #OromoProtests: Ethiopia Protest August 2016: Amid Internet Ban, Rally Against Government Leaves At Least 33 Dead. August 8, 2016

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Ethiopia Protest August 2016: Amid Internet Ban, Rally Against Government Leaves At Least 33 Dead



(International Business Times) — The two largest ethnic groups in Ethiopia took part in a massive anti-government protest over the weekend that has claimed dozens of lives. The protesters demonstrated against alleged government discrimination and human rights violations.

In Ethiopia, majority of the general population is made up of the Oromo and Amhara ethnic groups. Protests first began last November when the government had plans to expand the capital into Oromia, which would in turn displace Oromo farmers in the region. After the government dropped their expansion plans, demonstrations continued to spotlight other issues impacting the community.

Dozens of protesters in the nation’s capital, Addis Ababa, were arrested on Saturday, BBC News reported. Things were far more violent in other parts of the country. According to the government, seven protesters died in Bahir Dar, a city located in the Amhara region. Demonstrations in the Oromia region reportedly claimed lives as well, with Oromo activists claiming at least 33 protestors were shot by police.

“So far, we have compiled a list of 33 protesters killed by armed security forces that included police and soldiers but I am very sure the list will grow,” Mulatu Gemechu, deputy chairman of the opposition Oromo Federalist Congress, told Reuters.

In light of the protests, the government has responded by banning unauthorized public demonstrations and blocking social media. Officials claimed online activists were responsible for the outcry. Prime Minister Haile Mariam Dessalegn announced Friday the internet ban stating they, “threaten national unity.”

“It has now become clear that people cannot hold peaceful protests in Ethiopia,” Seyoum Teshome, a blogger following the demonstrations, told The Associated Press. “Regional police forces are being replaced by the army, leaving many areas to be under the military’s control.”

The Grand Oromo Protests August 8, 2016

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A massive Oromia wide Oromo protest was called by activists in Oromia and those in diaspora to take place on August 6, 2016 and it swept the country with millions of protesters marching through towns and cities including Finfine(Addis Ababa) across Oromia, Ethiopia. The mass rallied waving the Oromo liberation flag which is red green red  with sycamore surrounded by sun and  a star at the top which is outlawed by the Tigrean People Liberation Front dominated Ethiopian government.  The demands included stop killing Oromos, free all political prisoners, stop evicting Oromo farmers, make Afaan Oromo an official federal language, justice for the victims of government force killings, remove military out of Oromia, respect the right to self rule in Oromia to name a few. The demonstration was planned to be peaceful as the coordinators advised the Oromo mass to refrain from violence and to avoid attacking government officials and the police.

However, the government deployed forces violently reacted to the protest by brutally beating the protesters and shooting at point blank killing over 60 in different Oromia cities and towns.  Citizens report that several participants were killed cold blooded by ethnic Tigray Agazi forces, and federal forces killing 13 in Asaasaa Arsi zone, 8 in Aawwadaay Hararghe, 5 in Dodolaa Arsi zone, 4 in Addelee East Hararghe, 5 in Haramaya  East Hararghe,  4 in Ambo West Shawa, 4 in Naqamte East Wallaga, 2 in Mandi West Wallaga, 1 in Ghimbi West Wallaga, 1 in Shashimanne Arsi, 2 in Eddoo and 1 in Hirna Hararghe. The social media news indicates the government forces have continued to assassinate Oromo business men across different cities alleging them for funding the protests.

Since the  government responded to the peaceful protests with violence the citizens and the organizers have finally decided to respond to the violence by the government by arming the civilians and warning that everyone has to be ready for self-defense. Organizers are planning to hold all Oromo organizations meeting in diaspora to chart the future roadmap for the Oromo’s struggle for independence. It is expected that the meeting  will be focused on how to empower the Oromo nation for self-defense and to mobilize resources to achieve it.

The Oromo political prisoners including the Oromo Federalist Congress secretary general Beqale Garba have called on the Oromo nation to intensify the struggle. The Oromo Liberation Front chairman Dawud Ibsa also issued a statement calling for an intensified struggle and soliciting more support for OLA.

 

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A massive Oromia wide Oromo protest was called by activists in Oromia and those in diaspora to take place on August 6, 2016 and it swept the country with millions of protesters marching through towns and cities including Finfine(Addis Ababa) across Oromia, Ethiopia. The mass rallied waving the Oromo liberation flag which is red green red  with sycamore surrounded by sun and  a star at the top which is outlawed by the Tigrean People Liberation Front dominated Ethiopian government.  The demands included stop killing Oromos, free all political prisoners, stop evicting Oromo farmers, make Afaan Oromo an official federal language, justice for the victims of government force killings, remove military out of Oromia, respect the right to self rule in Oromia to name a few. The demonstration was planned to be peaceful as the coordinators advised the Oromo mass to refrain from violence and to avoid attacking government officials and the police.However, the government deployed forces violently reacted to the protest by brutally beating the protesters and shooting at point blank killing over 60 in different Oromia cities and towns.  Citizens report that several participants were killed cold blooded by ethnic Tigray Agazi forces, and federal forces killing 13 in Asaasaa Arsi zone, 8 in Aawwadaay Hararghe, 5 in Dodolaa Arsi zone, 4 in Addelee East Hararghe, 5 in Haramaya  East Hararghe,  4 in Ambo West Shawa, 4 in Naqamte East Wallaga, 2 in Mandi West Wallaga, 1 in Ghimbi West Wallaga, 1 in Shashimanne Arsi, 2 in Eddoo and 1 in Hirna Hararghe. The social media news indicates the government forces have continued to assassinate Oromo business men across different cities alleging them for funding the protests.Since the  government responded to the peaceful protests with violence the citizens and the organizers have finally decided to respond to the violence by the government by arming the civilians and warning that everyone has to be ready for self-defense. Organizers are planning to hold all Oromo organizations meeting in diaspora to chart the future roadmap for the Oromo’s struggle for independence. It is expected that the meeting  will be focused on how to empower the Oromo nation for self-defense and to mobilize resources to achieve it.The Oromo political prisoners including the Oromo Federalist Congress secretary general Beqale Garba have called on the Oromo nation to intensify the struggle. The Oromo Liberation Front chairman Dawud Ibsa also issued a statement calling for an intensified struggle and soliciting more support for OLA.We will continue to follow up and update as the news unfold back in Oromia.

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#‎OromoProtests‬, TARKAANFII ITTI AANU August 8, 2016

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Grand #OromoProtests,Tarkaanfii itti aanu By Jawar

 

#‎OromoProtests‬, TARKAANFII ITTI AANU


Jawaar Mohamed


Kabajamtoota Ilmaan Oromoo,
Hunda dura, lammiilee keenya kan bilisummaa Oromoofi Oromiyaatiif falmachuudhaaf murteessanii hiriira guyyaa har’aa kanarratti hirmaachuun lubbuu isaanii lamuu hin deebine aarsaa godhanii jannata hawwaa, seenaan saba kanaa barabaraan isaan haa yaadatun jenna. Firaafi maatii isaaniitifis jajjabina haa laatu jenna. Itti aansuun ilmaan Oromoo miliyoonotaaan golee Oromiyaa hundarraa magaalota 200 ol keessatti murannoofi tokkummaan baatanii diina bargaanfachiiftanii saba keenyatti kabajaa hortaniif galanni keessan bilisummaa Oromiyaa haa ta’u jenna. Qindeessitoonni keenya kan guyyoota shan qofa keessatti hiriira guddinaafi gurmaa’ina kana fakkaatu argamsiisuu dandeessan, sabni isiniin boonee jira; kana daran hojjachuu akka dandeessanis shakkii tokko malee mirkaneessitanii jirtan. Isin waliin qabsaa’uun ulfina.

Hiriira kanarraa injifannoo gurguddaatu argame. Ummanni keenya doorsisa Wayyaanefi ergamtoonni isaanii irratti godhaa turan irra aanudhaan sodaa tokko malee bifa qindaayeen mirga isaatiif falmachuuf bahuun injifaannoo isa tokko. Ummanni keenya rakkoo biyya sanii karaa nagayaatiin furuuf hiree dhumaa ifaan ifatti kennuun boru balaan fedhe yoo bu’e komii kamiiyyuu afaan keessa akka qabsiifnu hiree nuuf kenne. Ummanni Oromoo guutuu Oromiyaa keessatti waamicha yeroo gabaabaatiin bifa qindaawaafi tokkummaa qabuun socho’uu akka danda’u mirkaneessuun akeeka hiriira kanaa keessaa isa tokko. Kun dhibbaan dhibbatti galma gahee jira. Tarkaanfilee itti aansinee fudhachuu qabnuufis humna qabnu madaallee ofitti amanamummaa akka horannuuf faaydaa guddaa qaba.

Gaafin garaa nama hundaa keessa yeroo ammaa jiru kanaan booda ‘maaltu itti aana’ kan jedhu akka ta’e shakkin hin jiru. Yaadni amma booda qabsoon nagayaa hin deemsisuu gara hidhannootti dabruu qabna jedhu jabaatee dhufaa jira. Kun yaada sirriiti. Garuu ummata hanqina hidhannoo qabu, kan tarsiimoofi caasaa waraanaatin hin ijaaraminiin al tokkoon ol ka’aatii mootummaadhaan walwaraanaa jechuun gaaga’ama bu’aa hin qabneef saba saaxiluu ta’a. Kanaafu cehuumsa tarsiimoo hanga ammaa irraa gara kan biraatti godhamuuf akka ka’uumsaatti yaadota armaan gadii kana dhiheessina;

1) Mormiin diddaa baatii saglan dabreef godhaa turre bifa daran qindaawaa ta’eefi tooftaalee haaraya dabalateen itti fufuu qaba;

2) Qabsoon nagayaa ( civil disobedience) hanga ammaa godhame tarkaanfilee diina ofirraa ittisu ( self defense action) dabalataa dhufuu qaba. Ammarraa duuti balbala Oromoo qofa osoo hin taane kan diinatis dhadhawuu eegaluu qabdi. Tarkaanfiin ittisaa kanneen armaan gadii kana dabalata;

a) Qondaalota siyaasaafi waraanaa Wayyaanee ol’aanoo ummanni keenya akka ajjeefamuuf ajaja dabarsan irratti tarkaanfiin ni fudhatama.

b) Milishaafi poolisii ummata ajjeesu kamiyyuu irratti adabbiin walmadaalaan ni fudhatama.

c) Loltoota Agaazii ummata shoorarkeessan tooftaalee dahanaa kanneen wareegama gama keenyaa xiqqeessanin nagaya dhoorguu barbaachisa. Bakka isaan kopha kophaa ykn namoota muraasaan socho’anii nyaatan, taphatan,bulaniifi oolanitti haleeluun jiilchuu barbaachisa.

3) Tarkaanfilee ofirraa ittisuu armaan olitti tarreeffaman kana hojitti hiikudhaaf hidhannoof rasaasni ummata keenyaaf saffisaan dhaqqabuu qaba. Kana milkeessuuf loltoonni ummanni keenya karaa danda’e hundaan ( fkn milishaa irraa hiikkachuun, bitachuun) hidhannoo harkatti galfachuu qaba. Dureeyyin biyya keessaafi ummanni biyya alaa leeccaloo gumaachudhaan ummata hidhachiisuu qabu. Akkasumas poolisoonnif qondaalonni siyaasaa sirnicha tajaajilaa jiran kan ummata isaanitiif aantummaan itti dhagahamu haalota meeshaaleen waraana dhunfannaa mootummaa jala jiran harka qabsaa’ota Oromoo itti galan mijeessuu danda’u. Kunis kan too’annaa isaanii jala jiru dabarsanii kennuun dabalatee bakkoota kuusaa meeshaa waraanaa akeekudhaan ta’uu danda’a. Walumaagalatti garuma danda’ame maraan, biyya keessaayis ta’ee biyyoota alaa irraa meeshaan waraanaa saffisaan harka Oromoo galuu qaba. Kana milkeessuun fuulleffannaa guddaa ( top priority) ta’uu qaba;

4) Caasaanfi waajjiraaleen bulchiinsaa Oromiyaa keessa jiran tajaajila ummataa kennuu dhiisanii meeshaa ukkaamsaaf cunqursaa ta’uun tajaajilaa jiru. Caasaaleefi waajjiraalee kana hiree argame hundaan barbadeessudhaan humna sirnichi qabu laamsheessuuf hedduu barbaachisaadha. Kanaafuu tarkaanfiin waajjiraalee bulchiinsaa irratti godinoota garii keessatti eegalame bal’inaan itti fufuu qaba;

5) Adaduma tarkaanfiin Oromoon fudhatu cimaa deemuun humni waraanaafi bulchiinsa sirnichaa laaffataafi diigamaa deema. Baniinsi ( security and administrative vacuum) uumamu kun rakkoo akka hin uumneef caasaan bakka bu’u ijaaramaa deemuu qaba. Bakka caasaan bulchiinsaa guututti diigametti, caasaan ummataa haaraan cinaatti ( parallel structure) ijaaramuu qaba. Akkasumas kufaatii diinaa saffisiisuufi nagayaa fi tasgabbii ummataa eegsisuuf humni waraanaa biyyooleessaa bifa gurmaa’eefi tarsiimoo qoratamaan masakamu ijaaramuu qaba. Waranni kun loltoota bilisummaa Oromoo bifa garagaatiin gurmaa’anii jiran, dargaggoota diinarraa qawwee hiikachuun iddoo garagaraatti gurmaa’anii socho’an akkasumas ilmaan Oromoo mooraa diinaa keessa sabatti dacha’niin ijaarama;

6) Hojiilee armaan olitti kaafne kana qindeessanii galmaan gahuuf hawaasni siyaasaa ( political community) Oromoo mataa walitti qabachuu qaba. Kana galmaan ga’uuf ji’a Fulbaanaa as deemu kana Waltajii Hoggantoota Oromoo Waliigalaa ( All Inclusive Oromo Leadership Summit) kan geggeessitoonni jaarmayaalee siyaasaa, hawaasaafi amantii akkasumas hayyoonni, abbootiin qabeenyaafi aartistootni irratti hirmaatan ni taa’ama. Waltajjiin kun akeeka lama qabaata. Kan duraa Wixinee Oromoofi Oromiyaan garafuulduraa ittiin bulan ( Oromian National Charter) kan marii hirmaattotaatin bilchaatee raggaasifme qopheessa. Kan lammataa dhaabbilee qabsoo kana xumuruufi bulchiinsa Oromiyaa bilisoomteetif bu’ura ta’uu danda’an ijaara. Fakkeenyaaf garee diiploomaasii keenyaa bifa waaltayeen geggeessu, kan gargaarsa ummata miidhamee ( humanitarian aid) bifa waaltayeen qindeessu fa’a ofiif akka dhaabbatuuf haala mijeessa. Koreen waltajjii kana qopheessu yeroo gabaa keessatti dhaabbachuun hojii isaa saffisaan akka geggeessu taasifama;

Tarkaanfilee armaan olitti tarreessine kana murannoo, jabinaafi saffisa waggoota muraasa dabran ittiin sochoo’aa turreen daran hojjachuudhaan gara hojiitti hiikuu barbaachisa. Hundi Keenyaa gahee keenya gahuumsaan haa baanu!

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