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→
The opposition Oromo Federalist Congress on Wednesday warned that Ethiopia is at risk of disintegration due to the violent policies of the government whose security forces have descended on Oromo people and university students.
The students were protesting against the displacement of Oromo farmers from their “ancestral land” and the inclusion of Oromo cities and surrounding localities of Finfinnee [Addis Ababa] administration under the Addis Ababa Master Plan in the name of “development”.
Ethnic Oromos generally feel the government, which is dominated by members of the Tigray and Amhara ethnic would be loath to see the size of “their” territory diminish with the expansion of Addis Ababa, which is claimed by both Oromos and Amharas. Continue reading Ethiopia at Risk of Disintegration: Oromo FC→