Statement of the National Youth Movement for Freedom and Democracy Qeerroo Bilisummaa Oromoo on the Current Non-violent Movement in Oromi
Over the last two weeks, the Oromo people and the Oromo youth, particularly the Oromo students of various colleges, universities, high schools, middle schools and elementary schools have been asking the Oromian regional government the right of the Oromo people on their country Oromia in a peaceful and legal manner according to the right given to us by the Ethiopian constitution.
However, the response of the Ethiopian government to our rightful question has been to unleash its Federal Police and a special military known as Agazi, armed to the teeth, on unarmed youth and civilian population and to turn the entire region into a battle field taking the lives of several dozen Oromians and kidnapping and arresting thousands others. Therefore, we, Qeerroo Bilisummaa Oromoo, hereby ask the Ethiopian government to give appropriate and immediate response to the following rightful and legal demands, which are also the demands of the entire Oromo people.
1. We demand an immediate release of thousands of Oromo youth and other civilians who are jailed and being tortured at several Federal Police prisons in the country. We also demand that the list of these prisoners be released to the Ethiopian public and to the world.
2. We demand that those who killed dozens of unarmed students and peaceful civilians be investigated by an independent body erected by the United Nations and be brought to justice.
3. We demand that all political prisoners languishing in jail over the last 23 years of the TPLF/EPRDF rule under fabricated charges and verdict and those who are kept in prison without any charge be released without any precondition.
4. We demand that the Federal Police and the Federal government military who mercilessly massacres the Oromo people and other civilian citizens be completely removed from Oromia regional state.
5. We demand that all universities, colleges, high schools and other educational institutions be free of the EPRDF political party police, intelligence (spies), and cadres and for these personnel to be removed from the campus of all educational institutions.
6. We demand that eviction of Oromo people from their land be stopped immediately and an appropriate and immediate compensation be given to those who have been evicted from their land and homes over the last 23 years.
7. We demand that the right to self-determination of the Oromo people over their country, Oromia, be respected and implemented.
8. We affirm that the struggle of the Oromo people for freedom and justice and the current movement led by Qeerroo is peaceful and non-violent. We strongly demand that the response given from the government to our rightful questions and demands be peaceful and non-violent.
9. We hereby affirm in public that our peaceful struggle for freedom and justice does not target any peaceful groups of people or individuals; our struggle does not target the private property of individuals or none-Oromo ethnic groups. Our struggle is only against a system based on oppression and exploitation and to determine our own fate and our future lives and the coming generation. Therefore, we strongly condemn those who use our name to intimidate and campaign on other peaceful non-Oromo citizens living in Oromia.
10. We Oromo students declare to continue our questions and our struggle without interrupting our schools, and, in conjunction with the Oromo people and other friends and allies of the Oromo, we affirm to continue our peaceful struggle until all our demands are fully met.
11. The current non-violent movement in Oromia is led by the National Youth Movement for Freedom and Democracy (also known as Qeerroo Bilisummaa Oromoo) which has been establishing its structure throughout Oromia for the last two or so years. All necessary preparations have been made based on the lessons learned from the 2005 Revolt Against subjugation (Fincila Diddaa Gabrummaa) and its structures have been well stretched all over Oromia including government administrative and bureaucratic networks and properly being implemented. We greatly appreciate that our people at home and abroad embraced our movement and stood with us by providing all the necessary moral, material, and financial support. On the other hand we hear organizations and individuals who, on the one hand, say the current movement and its demand is legitimate, and, on the other hand, knowingly or unknowingly, suggest in public that the movement has “no leadership” and that it is “spontaneous”. We remind such groups and individuals that the current student protest in Oromia is led by adequate leadership and coordination of Qeerroo Bilisummaa Oromoo and strongly and earnestly ask them to rectify their mistaken views and stand on our side in the struggle. Moreover, we strongly call on all peace loving groups and individuals to stand on our side in the struggle.
12. We call on all Oromos serving the current government in the Federal Police, Oromian Police, military, militia and other armed individuals and groups to stop firing on your own people. This government may look strong today, but when the time comes it will fall, just like its predecessors. Do not make a historical mistake by killing your own brothers and sisters to please this regime which is becoming the enemy of all people. We strongly advise you that, if you defy this call and continue obeying the orders of the regime and shoot unarmed civilians, you will not escape historical and legal judgment.
13. We call on all Ethiopian citizens serving in the EPRDF government military, Federal Police, intelligence and other federal government structures to stop firing on unarmed students and other civilians.
Rise up Oromo!!
The struggle shall continue!
Qeerroo Bilisummaa Oromo
By Leenjiso Horo | July 18, 2014
Since the late 19th century the Oromo people have been under Ethiopian colonial occupation, domination, and exploitation. This means, our people have been suffering a century of humiliation and exploitation. It began with Goban Daaccee’s treason in his collaboration with Menelik II in his conquest of Oromiyaa that stretched to the present day OPDO’s collaboration with Meles Zenawi and his the fascist Tigrayan regime of TPLF to maintain Menelik II’s colonial empire. Having created the OPDO, the TPLF has institutionalized a client-patron relationship in Oromiyaa through political and economic devices. Since its creation, the OPDO has been fighting local battles- political and military for its patron. In the prison cells in Oromiyaa, the TPLF has built methods of human destructiveness. It is here, the torturers, concentration camp guards, and death squad members have been undertaking series of brutalizing acts against their Oromo victims to dehumanize them before killing them. The unity of the Oromo Liberation Front (OLF) is the first step in the struggle to end this colonial occupation and its crimes.
The unity of the OLF factions that announced on 28th of June 2014 in Berlin, Germany has ended the split of 2001 that weakened the struggle for independence of our beloved nation. Now, the unity has surely ushered a new beginning in the struggle; it planted a seed of hope in the nation and set in motion the ray of light to shine over Oromiyaa in the struggle for independence. In this unity, the Oromo see a great hope- a hope for a re-birth of new Oromiyaa. As it is oftentimes said, the journey of a thousand mile begins with one step and so the unity of the OLF factions is the first step in the journey to independence. Now, it is time for all the Oromo nationalists to join this unity and take the struggle forward. Here, we must understand that nobody can bring freedom, liberty, justice, peace, and liberation to Oromiyaa but ourselves. So, we either move forward toward unity for the independence of Oromiyaa or we move apart and leave Oromiyaa under the colonial occupation. In this unity, the OLF choose the first one. The second option is a choice of defeatist and cowardice. Defeatism and cowardly are enmity to the Oromo struggle for liberation and independence. Politics of empire federalization is a politics of defeatism and cowardice. In this struggle of national liberation, it is time for the Oromo nationalists to speak with one voice; to stand up together, to unite and fight together against the enemy of Oromiyaa and the Oromo people. If we fail to unite, history will condemn us and it will not absolve us forever.
We are in a people’s war for independence. People’s war means a war against colonial occupation, alien domination and exploitation. In order to win a people’s war, it is imperative to build the broadest possible unity which will ensure the fullest mobilization of the broad masses as well as the unity of all the forces that can be united against colonial occupation. In its unity in Berlin, Germany, the OLF has set a great example. Now, this is the right time for the other Oromo nationalists to follow suit. Unity is strength. And strength lies in unity. Hence, it must be clear that strength lies not in number, but in unity. For instance, our population is sufficiently large in number to repel the forces of colonization, but we could not repel it because we did not turn that large population into organization, into a unity. Hence because of unorganized state of the Oromo population that the Abyssinians colonized Oromiyaa; maintained colonial occupation over it, ruled, dominated, and exploited its people-the Oromo people. It must be clear to us that under present condition of our struggle, we can neither be received nor heard nor listened to by the international community unless we are united and organized into a mighty force to change the balance of force in the struggle. For this, the Anti-TPLF national unity must embrace all the anti-colonial Oromo nationals. It is the unity of those Oromo nationals who share a common interest in fighting Ethiopian colonial regime- an interest that forms the basis of our unity. It must be clear that our fight targets the colonial State machinery- including its bureaucracy, its army, its security, its police force, its judiciary and its modern means of communication. The unity is based on Kaayyoo/objective –the establishment of a free, independent sovereign Democratic Republic of Oromiyaa and in the firmness in fighting the TPLF colonial regime.
It must be understood that our people have been facing the enemy they have never seen or faced before. It is the most savage and vicious enemy. It is the enemy that has engaged in a deliberate and willful strategized physical mass extermination of the Oromo people. It is an enemy that has been and is mowing down the Oromo workers, peasants, students, women and children, and intellectuals, businessmen and women with cruelty. It has brought upon our people untold horrors and sufferings and plundering and plaguing of resources. Along with these, it has been and still is accelerating the destruction of environment, soil, water, air, flora and fauna affecting all the fundamental conditions of life in Oromiyaa. It is, therefore, crystal clear today the Tigrayan regime of TPLF has presented a clear and present danger to the future of Oromiyaa and its people. This has to be combated. For this, it is incumbent upon the Oromo nationalists to unite and fight against this enemy. In this fight, we must promise to ourselves and to the world community that neither we, nor our people will ever reconcile with such a mortal enemy.
In the face of such enemy, the principal form of the Oromo struggle is armed struggle combined where possible with peaceful means. However, as we have seen time and again, the enemy has made peaceful political activities impossible for the Oromo people and has deprived them of all political freedom and democratic rights. For this, the armed struggle remains the only viable means for the colonized people to bring the enemy to its knees.
History shows that when confronted by ruthless colonialist aggression and its monstrous crimes, nationals must hold aloft the national banner and, using the weapon of the unity, rally around itself the masses and the patriotic and anti-colonial people of a country’s population, so as to mobilize all positive factors, unite with all the forces that can be united and isolate to the maximum the common enemy of the whole nation. It is time to uphold national banner-independence from colonial occupation.
Without a people’s army, the people have nothing to defend themselves against. For this, we have to build and strengthen the Oromo Liberation Army (OLA). Every Oromo nationals must join the fighting against the colonial army. It is only the war of national liberation that can end the colonial war. The colonial war reduces the colonized nation to a subject status and to humiliation. It attacks on collective pride, collective identity and collective and individual will of a colonized people. It is only the war of national liberation that changes such situation. Hence, in a colonized country such as Oromiyaa, the liberation army, the civilian population, men and women, old and young must fight; every single village in the country must fight. For this, the entire Oromo society has to be mobilized to throw off the colonial force, to deny its movement inside Oromiyaa, and to denounce its policies and actions through writing and public denouncement.
Oromo have no friends. For this, in this war of liberation struggle we have to rely mainly on our own efforts. Our struggle is based on self-reliance. For this, we depend on our own efforts, on our own resources, on the creative power of the Oromo liberation army and the entire Oromo nation. The Oromo people are a great, heroic people. They do not pin their hopes on the lackeys of the colonial regime for liberation and independence. The time has come to recognize the false prophets of federalization of empire- those the leaders of disunity, rattle shaking, and the political unfit leaders with split tongues. Empire federalization is an ideology of neutralization of the Oromo nationalists and the Oromo people. It is time for those Oromo nationals who have been misled never to walk again in the dishonorable footsteps of those preachers of empire federalization or empire democratization or with whatever their mask is labeled with, for to walk on such dishonorable footsteps of those preachers would be to dishonor the memories of fallen Oromo heroes and heroines in this war of national liberation.
On the contrary, ours is an ideology of liberation, freedom, nationalism, independence, liberty, peace and justice originated in the Oromo Gada socio-political and economic system- a universal model. With these, it must be borne in mind that being a colonized nation, the Oromo people have an inalienable right to self-determination to be independent from Ethiopian empire. To this effect, ours is a war of national liberation. War of national liberation is politico-military assertion of right to self-determination. This right of nation to self-determination has been a political, legal and fundamental basic human rights guaranteed to all colonized peoples by the UN Charter. In this struggle of ours for national liberation, we are guided by national pride and our glorious history.
All in all, our people have the courage, patience, perseverance, and political will to shoulder the heavy burden of combating and scoring glorious victory over the TPLF- the most ferocious enemy of our people. The time has long overdue to end its narcissistic insatiable desire for colonial domination, humiliation and exploitation of the colonized people. With our unity, this fascist TPLF regime will finally be burned to ashes in the blazing fires of the people’s wars of national liberation.
Oromia Shall BE Free!
July 16, 2014 (Scribles by Yassin ) — The arrest of foreign assassins after serial killings and terror attacks in a frontier town like Garissa at a time when Kenya is facing a myriad of insecurity incidents has indeed all the characters of a “juicy” story that would sell good for any journalist.
And that is exactly what one Kenya based correspondent for the Chinese state news agency Xinhua realised. But only to realize later that he had made a major blander in asserting who the suspected assassins were angering Ethiopia’s largest ethnic group, the Oromo nation.
Monday, July 14, 2014, NAIROBI (Xinhua) — The Kenyan police said Sunday they have arrested five key suspects behind a spate of insecurity which has rocked the northern Kenya, particularly Garissa town, scarred by previous terrorist attacks.
Detectives have also released identities of the serial killers who have claimed five lives within two months. Regional Criminal Investigation Department commander Musa Yego told Xinhua that the police are interrogating three Ethiopians and two Kenyans in the last two days with regards to bomb and grenade attacks in Garissa town.
“We are happy that we have made a breakthrough to unravel unexplained killings that have thrown our town into security scare in the last two months,” Yego said.
“Among those arrested are three Ethiopian suspected to be from the Somali region (Ethiopia), while two others were Kenyans, a taxi driver and a landlord,” he added.
Yego said the taxi driver was helping to transport the killers to their destination during their killing spree in the town, while the landlord had been giving accommodation to the foreign criminals by renting his houses to them without informing the security agencies of their illegal presence in the country.
The investigators are being helped with investigation by one of the assailants, who was arrested last Wednesday by members of the public shortly after killing a prominent businessman along Gulled hotel area.
Yego said the police have recovered some vital documents, including an Ethiopian passport and communication tracks, that indicates there are teams of people believed to be security officials from the Somali region of Ethiopia sneaking into the country through Moyale and Mandera border points on a mission to kill people they suspect to have associations with a rebel group back at home and cause tribal clashes in the county.
“The passport carried by the suspected killer who was arrested in Garissa briefly after killing a businessman indicates he entered the country through Moyale border before heading to Nairobi, where we believe he met some people, before traveling to Garissa to cause a felony,” he noted.
Yego urged the residents in northeast region to be on the look out and avoid embracing people from other countries and giving them accommodation without first establishing their motive in the country.
Two of the assassins, Khalif Hassan, 38, and Abdirahman Abdi, 40, who are the team leaders are among those in custody at Garissa police station now.
While speaking to Xinhua on phone from London, the Oromo National Liberation Front (ONLF) foreign secretary Abdirahman Sheikh Mahdi blamed the attacks in Garissa on Ethiopian intelligence officers of changing their tactics to fight them by carrying out criminal activities inside friendly country to discredit them.
“They want to carry out killings inside Kenya and in turn blame on us so that Kenya, which has been hosting hundreds of thousands of our refugees and asylum seekers, can turn hostile against our people,” he said.
I have no problems with the report until the correspondent quotes someone he says is the Oromo National Liberation Front (ONLF) foreign secretary Abdirahman Sheikh Mahdi.
The first question any one familiar with Ethiopian politics would ask is if there is any political group by the name of Oromo National Liberation Front (ONLF) in Ethiopia ?
Hell no. As far as my memory serves me good I never heard of an Ethiopian political group going by the name the Oromo National Liberation Front.
It is clear that the correspondent must have gotten himself mixed up with the acronyms ONLF. The only ONLF I know is the OGADEN National Liberation Front which has been fighting for the self determination of the Somali region or Region 5 or Ogaden in Ethiopia
Xinhua however was not far from the truth in suggesting through London based Mahdi’s quote and that of the Kenya police that they suspect the assassins had been sent by Ethiopian authorities.
There was a rush for the story by the local media after the Xinhua scoop … but the local media just messed up with the facts reporting a sensitive issue in reckless manner.
This is how The Star read by “Smart people” reported the story.
Garissa county commissioner Rashid Khator has once again warned suspected assassins and their accomplices from neighbouring Ethiopia behind recent killings in Garissa that the government will firmly deal with them.
Khator said the hit men are hired to carry out assassinations in Garissa because they don’t support the government of the day in their country (Ethiopia) will not be tolerated.
The rebels who are opposing the government are from Oromo Liberation Front[OLF]. His warning comes just two days after the arrest of one of the killers who has been carrying out attacks in the town.
Khator who was speaking during a peace meeting held at Garissa primary playground urged members of the public to continue cooperating with the police to end the insecurity bedeviling the town.
By Jacob Songok
The Star suggests that its the Oromo Liberation Front members been targeted by the assassins.
And KTN reports that those arrested are actually Oromo rebels! Check out the intro to this story.
5 suspected members of the Oromo Liberation Front have been arrested in Garissa County. The suspects were found in possession of illegal arms smuggled in from Ethiopia. Police investigations have linked the five to the deaths of three Ethiopian businessmen in the past three months. County leaders are now saying they are determined to flashout anyone with links to the rebel group.
The Garissa Commissioner’s sound byte in Swahili does not in anyway suggest that those arrested are Oromo rebels but the intro is read by Anchor Bonny Tunya in so much gusto that you would believe its the Gospel Truth.
Now let me put the facts right for KTN. First, Garissa and Oromo, the two just don’t add up! As a journalist who has covered the Oromos and their self determination struggle if you are to get an Oromo in Kenya Garissa would be the last place …you should be talking of Moyale, Marsabit, Isiolo, Eastleigh and Kariobangi.
Some history and geography lessons for KTN. Garissa is a hundred percent ethnic Somali town. The Majority clan is the Ogaden…get it? Ogaden clan. The Ogaden in Kenya from which top Kenyan politicians like Aden Dualle, Farah Maalim, Yusuf Hajji, General Mahmud Mohamed hail from are related and have close links to the Ogaden Somalis living in the Ogaden region of Ethiopia. They are one clan.
The Ogaden have been waging an insurgency in Ethiopia for decades and its no secret that some of its leaders have made Garissa and Eastleigh their homes fleeing Ethiopian authorities. So the ONLF referred by Xinhua and KTN are not Oromo rebels but actually the ethnic Somali Ogaden National Liberation Front. And the acronym for the Oromo rebels is OLF Oromo Liberation Front not ONLF
- Yes, some of the The Ogaden National Liberation Front leaders are present in Kenya for their safety no they have been no reported incident of them having trouble with the authorities as the KTN report indicated
- Its an open secret that Ethiopia has been assassinating dissidents from the ONLF and OLF right here in Kenya so in this instance the five arrested by Kenyan authorities are actually assassins sent by the Ethiopian government to gun down ONLF rebel leaders in Garissa. The Garissa PoliceBoss Yego is clear in the Xinhua report that Kenya will not entertain the assassination of people within our borders just because they are dissidents in their country
C’mon KTN …that short story as much as you wouldn’t want to acknowledge has created ripples among the Oromo in Ethiopia and the Diaspora who perceive the OLF as their liberator. There has been a major uproar and condemnation on KTN with some suggesting that there may be an anti Oromo agenda by the respected media house and reputable media house but this report raised a lot of answered questions about its reputation in the media circles and the Oromo people.
It’s a sensitive matter touching on the country’s security and should have been treated with the sensitivity it deserves not reckless reporting. Somebody needs to apologise to Somebody..
I suggest to save their faces KTN, Xinhua and The Star should try do a story on the unreported assassinations of political dissidents by Ethiopian spy agents right here in Kenya.
Source: Scribles by Yassin
July 16, 2014 (Ethiopian Review)
Leenconni barattoonni keenya sababa saamicha lafa Oromoo finfinneef Oromiyaa bakkoota baay’etti godhamaa jiru ilaachisee gufachiisuf qabsoo dhoosun finiinsaa turan amma gammoojjii ho’aa Affaaritti geeffamuun bakka,firriif lammiin hin birmanneefitti akkanattiin akka ilmoo abbaa haadha hin qabneetti rifeensa mataasaanii irraa haadun dhaanichaan gidirfamaa jiraachun dhagahame !
Hubadhaa ! Kun waan garaa nama nyaatu, xiiqii nama qabsiisudha.
Isaan numalee, nuti isaan malee hin qabnu waan dandeessan godhaa !
The Woyanne junta claims that the 3000 shaved young Ethiopians shown in the photo below are street children, but according to Ethiopian Review sources, they are actually Oromo students who were rounded up from Addis Ababa University and other schools following the recent protests. The number of Oromo students who have been rounded up from Ambo and other towns and currently detained in concentration camps exceeds 30,000, witnesses say.