Tensions were high since the weekend following clashes between supporters of rebel group Oromo Liberation Front (OLF) led by Dawud Ibsa and security forces, DW Amharic reported citing eyewitnesses as its source of information. Continue reading Tension Runs High in Oromia After OLF Fighters, Gov’t Forces Clash
Three key members of the U.S. Congress have written a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry urging him to conduct a full and through review of the ongoing mass killing of peaceful Oromo student protesters in the Oromia region of Ethiopia by security forces.
Congressman Keith Ellison, Congresswoman Betty McCollum and Congressman Tom Emmer said the continued mistreatment and displacement of the Oromo ethnic group and the aggressive approach to their peaceful protests by a country that is ally to the United States is troubling and a cause for major concern. Continue reading Members of Congress Urge Secretary Kerry Take Appropriate Action Against Ethiopia
At least 40 people have been killed, hundreds wounded, and thousands detained in more than three weeks of uprisings in Ethiopia’s Oromia state, the largest of nine linguistic-based states. The Oromo people make up close to 50 percent of Ethiopia’s population of 100 million.
Protesters primarily oppose a draft master plan that, if implemented, will expand the jurisdiction of Ethiopia’s capital, Addis Ababa, into Oromia. Dozens were killed last year in similar protests when authorities first introduced the controversial Addis Ababa and Surrounding Oromia Special Zone Development Plan or the Master Plan. Continue reading The Oromo Protests and Ethiopia’s Political Vulnerabilities
Clashes between the military force and protesters in Ethiopia’s Oromia region today left 25 people killed, according to the Ethiopian Satellite Television (ESAT). The army that took over the mandate of the regional police used live ammunition against the demonstrators.
The students were protesting against a controversial proposal, known as “the master plan”, to expand Addis Ababa into surrounding Oromia state, which they say will threaten local farmers with mass evictions. Continue reading Ethiopia: 25 More Oromo Protesters Killed Today
By Felix Horne | for Human Rights Watch,
Student protests are spreading throughout Ethiopia’s Oromia region, as people demonstrate against the possibility that Oromo farmers and residents living near the capital, Addis Ababa, could be evicted from their lands without appropriate – or possibly any – compensation. Social media is filled with images of bloodied protesters; there are credible reports of injuries and arrests in a number of towns; and local police have publicly acknowledged that three students have died so far. Continue reading A Bloody Crackdown on Oromo Protesters in Ethiopia, Again