Daily Archives: May 11, 2014
Oromo community in Melbourne protests against Ethiopian’s government violent crackdown on farmers and students
The Oromo community in Melbourne organised a protest rally in Melbourne on Friday 9 May 2014 to voice its concerns about acts of violence perpetrated against civilians (mostly Oromo students and farmers) by government forces in Addis-Ababa, Ethopia.
The crackdown happened following a large demonstration on 29 April 2014 by about 25,000 Oromo civilians to protest against the government’s recently announced plan for the territorial expansion of the nation’s capital Addis-Ababa, which will involve large portions of land being taken away from Oromo farmers.
The Oromo people are the single largest ethnic group in Ethiopia and the wider Horn of Africa, making up upwards of 40% of the Ethiopian population. Despite this and the fact that the Oromo people have been systematically oppressed politically, socially and econmically for decades, the past seven days has seen the Ethiopian government violently attack Oromo protestors accross the country.
Seven days. Over 60 dead and many more injured. Children. The elderly. Unwarneted arrests and unlawful detention. This is what is rapidly unfolding in Ethiopia as you read these very words.
The protest’s were sparked by the governments plan to implement what is known as the ‘intergration master plan’. Put simply, the intent of unravelling this plan is to extend the capital city, Addis Ababa, which means that neighbouring towns that are majorly populated by Oromo’s are dismpowrered; Oromo farmers displaced and the Oromo identity further stifiled.
We, the international Oromo diaspora, call on the mentioned governments to firstly, demand that the Ethiopian government publicly explain why they have exercised such extreme and violent actions against peaceful Oromo protestors. Secondly, request that the Ethiopian government increases the level of media coverage surrounding the protestors and the resulting deaths of protestors. And thirdly, we call upon these governments to demand that the leaders of Ethiopia authorise human rights groups’ access to regions affected by the civil unrest.
You, as a single individual have the power to help the Oromo community in Ethiopia and abroad, realise this action.