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A Summary of Oromos Killed, Beaten & Detained by TPLF Armed Forces During the 2014 Oromo Protest Against the Addis Ababa (Finfinne) Master Plan

Posted: Adoolessa/July 7, 2014 · Finfinne Tribune | Gadaa.com | Comments (10)

Compiled by the National Youth Movement for Freedom and Democracy (NYMFD) (also known as Qeerroo Bilisummaa)

July 05, 2014

Background

It is a well-documented and established fact that the Oromo people in general, and Oromo students and youth in particular, have been in constant and continuous protest ever since the current TPLF led Ethiopian government came to power. The current protest which started late April 2014 on a large scale in all universities and colleges in Oromia, and also spread to several high schools and middle schools have begun as opposition to the so called “Integrated Developmental Master Plan” or simply “the Master Plan.” The “Master Plan” was a starter of the protest, not a major cause.

The major cause of the youth revolt is the opposition to the unjust rule of the Ethiopian regime in general. The main issue is that there is no justice, freedom and democracy in the country. The said Master Plan in particular would expand the current limits of the capital, Addis Ababa, or “Finfinne” as the Oromos prefer to call it, by 20 folds stretching to tens of Oromian towns surrounding the capital. The Plan is set to legalize the eviction of an estimated 2 million Oromo farmers from their ancestral land, and sell it to national and transnational investors. For the Oromo, an already oppressed and marginalised nation in that country, the incorporation of those Oromian cities into the capital Addis Ababa means once more a complete eradication of their identity, culture, and language. The official language will eventually be changed to Amharic. Essentially, it is a new form of subjugation and colonization. It was the Oromo university students who saw this danger, realized its far-reaching consequences and lit the torch of protest which eventually engulfed the whole Oromia regional state.

For the minority TPLF-led Ethiopian regime, which has been already selling large areas of land surrounding Addis Ababa even without the existence of the Master Plan, meeting the demands of the protesting Oromo students means losing 1.1 million of hectares of land which the regime planned to sell for a large sum of money. Therefore, the demand of the students and the Oromo people at large is not acceptable to the regime. It has, therefore, decided to squash the protest with its forces armed to the teeth. The regime ordered its troops to fire live ammunition to defenceless Oromo students at several places: Ambo, Gudar, Robe (Bale), Nekemte, Jimma, Haromaya, Adama, Najjo, Gulliso, Anfillo (Kellem Wollega), Gimbi, Bule Hora (University), to mention a few. Because the government denied access to any independent journalists, it is hard to know exactly how many have been killed and how many have been detained and beaten. Simply put, it is too large of a number over a large area of land to enumerate. Children as young as 11-years-old have been killed. The number of Oromos killed in Oromia during the current protest is believed to be in hundreds. Tens of thousands have been jailed, and an unknown number have been abducted and disappeared. The Human Rights League of the Horn of Africa, which has been constantly reporting the human rights abuses of the regime through informants from several parts of Oromia for over a decade, estimates the number of Oromos detained since April 2014 as high as 50,000.

In this report, we present a list, which we have managed to collect and compile, of 61 Oromos who had been killed, and 903 others who have been detained and beaten (or beaten and then detained) during and after the Oromo students protest which began in April 2014. The information we obtain so far indicates those detained are still in jail and still under torture. Figure-1 below shows the number of Oromos killed from different zones of Oromia included in this report. Figure-2 shows the number of Oromos detained and reportedly facing torture. It has to be noted that this number is only a small fraction of the widespread killings and arrests of Oromos carried out by the regime in Oromia regional state since April 2014 to date.

READ THE FULL REPORT (Qeerroo.org)

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Comments ...

  1. Qalame!

    July 7, 2014 at 7:31 am

    Galatooma Qeerroo! I found one of my relative’s name!

    • OROMIA MA VIE

      July 8, 2014 at 12:27 pm

      Something as straightforward as a difference could lead to something as complex as a breakdown.

  2. OROMIA MA VIE

    July 7, 2014 at 1:12 pm

    Gadaa !thanks for documenting this masacre that tookplace in every corner in whole oromiyaa.But i would like to remaind you that you didnt mention About DIRE DAWA UNIVERSITY THOSE WHO WERE SACRIFICED THEIR LIFE TO US.WE KNOW AS YOU KNOW too how many were killed and how many were detained in jail.Like Deraratu etc..So your mervellous articulated article is not fulfilled .Although we can not call it well documented since it doesnt All oromoo Students fdg uprising movement.Feel free to correct and exclude all oromo fdg to see our selves means this article doesnt reflect all Oromia oromo.Thanks Gadaa

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    Gadaa.com Admin’s Note: the report was compiled by Qeerroo. Thank you.

  3. Gurmu

    July 7, 2014 at 2:59 pm

    Gabasnii keessaan hiriina qaba irra seebi’aa laala. Fakeenyaaf –Mettuti baratooni university hiriira bahaan keessa kan du’ees kan hidhamees hinjiiruu waan jeettan fakkatta.

  4. Gurmu

    July 7, 2014 at 3:03 pm

    Deebi’a

  5. Gurmu

    July 7, 2014 at 3:29 pm

    Dalaga boonssa itti jirtaan kanaan heddu isinitti boonna.

  6. Amboo Garagalgalaa

    July 7, 2014 at 5:37 pm

    Toftaa caccabaaf dadhabaa oromoon itti dammaqe fira fakkaatanii fira wal nyaachisan amma dhaabbatutti tarkaanfachuun rakkisaadha.

    ragaa qabatamaa qeerroon Oromoo hin jiru kan jedhe waliin maxxansaa akka dhiigaa jirru wallaaltanii akka caala wal hin dhiigsine. Oromoon qeerroo Miliyoona meeqa qabaa bar.

    “Kan harree hin qabne gaangee namaa tuffatti!”

  7. Amboo Garagalgalaa

    July 7, 2014 at 6:32 pm

    Dhiifama:
    Maxxans kanaa olii dogoggora Facebook irra iruu yeroo ammaa kanatti Oromoo qooduuf maxxane ilaallata,dogoggoraan as irratti ergame.

  8. Saadaa

    July 7, 2014 at 8:25 pm

    Keep up a good job! proud of this generation oromo youth.
    Ever since oromiya is conquered many many oromo heroes have been giving their pure blood and life for their freedom. But for how long it will continue like this? Oppression of Oromiya must end here once and for all. Let us stand up together to fight for the freedom of this and the coming generation of Oromiyan.

  9. OROMIA MA VIE

    July 8, 2014 at 11:50 am

    There are people who are generic. They make generic responses and they expect generic answers. They live inside a box and they think people who don’t fit into their box are weird. But I’ll tell you what, generic people are the weird people. They are like genetically-manipulated plants growing inside a laboratory, like indistinguishable faces, like droids. Like ignorance.