Photos: Sen. Maria Cantwell (L) and Sen. Patty Murray (R)
In a letter (see below) addressed to the U.S. Secretary of State, Mr. John Kerry, and dated June 19, 2014, U.S. Senators from the State of Washington, Sen. Maria Cantwell and Sen. Patty Murray, raised concerns about the Ethiopian government’s crackdown on the nonviolent student-led #OromoProtests movement, which fights to stop the implementation of the Addis Ababa Master Plan, a plan to expand the administrative boundaries of Addis Ababa by annexing land from the State of Oromia, and by evicting millions of Oromo farmers from the Oromian districts adjacent to Addis Ababa – both under the pretext of “urban development.”
Leading up to this letter, it’s to be remembered that several members of the Oromo community in the State of Washington staged a 3-day hunger-strike earlier in June 2014 in front of Seattle’s Federal Building to draw attention to the violent response of the Ethiopian government to the peaceful demands raised by #OromoProtests in college and university campuses across Oromia in April and May 2014. The killings and imprisonments of Oromo students and civilians by the TPLF Ethiopian regime have continued unabated, in violations of local and international human rights laws.