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Hiriira Nagayaa Hawaasoota Oromoo Biyyaa Jarmanii Milkiin geggeffame
Berlin, 5th may 2014
We Oromos and Oromo friends in Germany and arround Europe are writing this appeal letter in protest against the ongoing mass killing of Oromo students in Oromia by the TPLF/EPRDF regime of Ethiopia.
As it has widely been reported by International Medias including the BBC and CNN, many Oromo students were massacred in the last few days by the regime’s security force in attempt to crackdown peaceful demonstrations against its ethno-centric rule. According to the officially released reports more than 50 students were cold-bloodedly murdered alone in Ambo town and dozens of university and high school students in many other cities and towns such as HaraMayaa, Robe, Naqamtee, Dire Dawa, Adamaa, Gedo, Dembi Dollo, Mada Walaabu, Aliboo etc. The mass killing include even parents who attempted to collect the dead bodies of their children. This is not to mention hundreds of Oromos that were wounded by bullets and brutally beaten to death in different regions of Oromia. As the protest is spreading like a fire across the country, the regime is getting more disparate and aggressive in herding thousands of Oromos in to prisons and concentration camps where, they would further suffer, self evidently, all sorts of physical abuses including rape and torture as this has been the norm under the TPLF/EPRDF regime.
The peaceful rally of the students was in protest of the recently made decision by the regime to expand the city of Addis Ababa/Finfinnee by uprooting and displacing millions of Oromo farmers. “The Integrated Development Master Plan”, as the regime prefers to call it, aims at swallowing up more than 36 surrounding towns of Oromia with a politically motivated ultimate goal of remapping the federal state of Oromia and hence undermining and abolishing the Oromo identity. The plan is a part and parcel of the “Land Grab” policy which the ruling regime has aggressively been pursuing in the last few years in order not only to dispossess Oromos of their livelihood but also of their Oromo hood by uprooting them from their ancestral home land.
The Oromo students peaceful demonstration was in protest against this evil and noxious intention of the regime exclusively perpetrated against the Oromo people. Their protest was based on the claim that the regime’s decision was in violation of the federal constitution of the country that nominally guarantee the autonomy of each federal state. Ironic as it may appear, it is, therefore, against its own constitution and legislation that the regime responded with violence and terror against the peaceful protest of the students. This is another testimony for the resolute determination of the minority Tigrean elite to maintain a protracted ethnic hegemony over the rest Ethiopian population, in general, and the Oromo people in particular.
Though such heinous atrocity by the TPLF regime is not new to the Oromos, we are deeply shocked and saddened with the senseless loss of so many young students. We condemn in the strongest term possible the fascistic act of the TPLF regime against the defenceless peaceful protestors.
We urge your government to use its influential leverage in immediately stopping the TPLF regime from further mass killing and hidden brutality against the Oromo students. We demand an independent enquiring commission to investigate into the massacre, mass imprisonment, torture and rape of Oromo students.
As the regime’s dictatorial and totalitarian character has progressively ever being manifested, we urge the International Community to stop giving financial and material aid to the Ethiopian regime, which is using the tax payers money to kill its subjects.
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