Ethiopian Opposition Names 68 Oromos Arrested Over Past Month

April 1st, 2011 Print Print Email Email

Ethiopia’s main opposition group listed the names of 68 people detained in the Oromia region over the past month.

The majority of the arrests took place on March 13 and 14, Medrek, a six-member coalition of opposition groups, said in a statement handed to reporters today in the capital, Addis Ababa. Those arrested in towns mostly in the West Shoa and East Wollega areas were either opposition activists or sympathizers, spokesman Beyene Petros said.

Police arrested 121 people in the Oromia region this month, all of whom were members of the banned, Eritrea-based Oromo Liberation Front, government spokesman Shimeles Kemal said in a phone interview yesterday, revising downward a figure of 200 arrests he gave a day earlier.

Medrek said the detentions may be related to government fears of unrest, though the opposition group isn’t advocating anti-government protests, Beyene said.

“The fact that it was directed at politically related people is a basis for suspicion this is pre-emptive,” Beyene said.

Oromos are the largest ethnic group in Ethiopia. The OLF has waged a 38-year campaign for autonomy in Oromia, the largest of Ethiopia’s nine federal states.

  1. United we stand divided we fall
    | #1

    I am sorry but I don’t have sympathy to separatist groups like OLF, ONLF and the likes. These groups are not any different than TPLF and EPLF that have devastated, ruined and kept Ethiopia to be one of the worst under developed countries in the world and Ethiopians to suffer needlessly. If OLF and ONLF have joined their Ethiopian brothers and sisters and fought the real enemy of Ethiopia that has been destroying their mother land and tortured and killed their fellow Ethiopians, Meles would have been history and many lives would have been saved. It looks like finally OLF have met their evil creator Meles. Truthfully, it doesn’t seem possible that any political party could be worse than TPLF, but OLF frightens me the most. It is still not too late for OLF, ONLF and other single ethnic group political party to turn around and join their Ethiopian brothers and sisters and fight the looters and killers of Ethiopia/ns.

  2. Aba Biya Abba Gobbu
    | #2

    The unity is the only weapon and solution to end the bloody woyane junta epoke. The united people must rise and revolt to get rid of the dirty criminal junta. Tribalism or ethnic policy shall never help any one. Only unity. The Ethiopians are not new for unity though they lived united for thousands of years. Ethiopians have a unique history, the diaspora is responsible to preserve this unique history.

    Ethiopia prevails.

  3. Hunde jaabesaa
    | #3

    who asked for your sympathy? oromos & other nationalities in the empire state of Ethiopia do not need any kind of validation from any one. I do not think you are really updated as far as current political situation. for your information both onlf & olf are working with every opposition groups in Ethiopia. but what is really sad is for you to think that everybody should be eliminated except the amharas. I really ,strongly suggest that either you take philosophy or political science class.@United we stand divided we fall

  4. olyad
    | #4

    @Hunde jabesa pls remove such wonderful oromo names ,you are not oromo and can not have a right talking about olf or oromo liberation front!

  5. Oromia, My Country!
    | #5

    @Hunde jaabesaa
    Hunde Jabesa:You are right,God bless you, no one asks for the validation of his right to defend himself or his country.Today,Oromos are not in the 20th century mindset.Today tens of millions of Oromos precisely know their natural right, freedom,self determination and etc.And OLF is our number one political leader and representative.OLF does not have a policy of harming any civil society.For those, who cry for the empire Ethiopia in the name of unity,it is very very very late.
    Rather clean your mind and line behind your own political leaders who have come to their right mind & recognized Oromo’s right for self determination.It’s better to live as friendly neighbors rather than living bleeding in false unity.No one of the successive Abyssinia rulers worked for a positive coexistence but for dominance of their minority citizens over whom they invaded,imprisoned, killed and occupied,thereby failed to stop seeking what is ones own,sovereignty and freedom.Freedom shall prevail!!!
    All who committed or commit crimes on Oromos yesterday, today or tomorrow will soon be tried if not by ICC, by Oromos soon or later.They are not immune to what criminals are facing in in different parts of Africa or the other world today.Let us fight together our common enemy and then when we can decide if we can live together or as friendly neighbors peacefully.

  6. United we stand divided we fall
    | #6

    Hunde Jaabessa,
    I know you won’t believe it, but I’m a proud Ethiopian that came from multi ethnic Ethiopian family and I have family members from every ethnic groups of Ethiopia by blood and marriage including Tigreas. And my family have given their lives during Italian war and fighting Sudan and in Somalia region. You see, for the sake of myself and all my family, I stand against tyranny and stand for justice and equality for All united Ethiopians.
    It is easy to identify woyanes like you who come as Oromo or other ethnic Ethiopian. Woyanes jump quickly to put all the blames on poor Amharas and want all of us to forget and overlooked the atrocities TPLF causing on all Ethiopians. If someone ask you what have the Amharas and which Amhara leader treated you badly, I guarantee you won’t come up with one solid valid point. To begin with Haile Selassie didn’t come from one ethnic group and one religion. He came from a family of Amharas, Guragaes, Oromos, Muslims and Christians. Unlike Meles, Haile Selassie’s cabinet members were from every ethnic group of Ethiopia. And the other brutal dictator Mengestu as well did not come from on ethnic group. So as usual, you woyanes work to divided Ethiopians by creating hate between ethnic groups, instead working to unite Ethiopians to strengthen our country. Obviously, you are in it only to make yourselves wealthy and build your province. For the last 20 years the majority of Ethiopians have seen enough how you hate Ethiopia and Ethiopians — the horrible Human Rights Abuses, looting, killings and giving the fertile land to foreign billionaires will not be forgotten for generations to come.

  7. Hunde jaabesaa
    | #7

    If what worries you & terrifies most is OLF, I am very sorry to tell you that OLF will continue to work with all the opposition groups in the Empire state of Ethiopia. If you think the only language is Amharic; the only people in Ethiopia are Amharas & the only dance in Ethiopia is Iskista, then you are totally wrong. You need to change yourself. There are 79 other Ethnic groups in Ethiopia who would like to use, develop & exercise their basic right of expressing their culture & language. If you really support & believe in democracy you should support for all non Amharas to express their languages, culture etc. If you really want to imply Amharic language to all non Amharas you are nothing but a dictator. Why are you scared of the OLF? OLF reflects & advocates for the oppressed Oromo people.

  8. United we stand divided we fall
    | #8

    Hunde Jaabesaa,
    When you ignore the atrocities being committed on Ethiopian people, the looting and land grabs as we speak by TPLF regime and you try to put all the blames on Amharas—With out a shadow of a doubt, you are that snake in the grass undercover woyane doing everything under the sun to divide Ethiopians. Every country have a national language and if we take your case then the whole world should drop English and start speaking in Chinese since they are the majority. Speaking in Amharaic is not what is destroying out country, killing and robbing Oromos and other ethnic Ethiopians — IT iS Meles, Azeb and all their TPLF puppets.\IF YOU ARE NOT THAT BLOODY HAND WOYANE. THEN LET SEE YOUR CRITICISMS OF TPLF THAT IS KILLING ETHIOPIANS INDISCRIMINATELY AND GIVING OUR LAND AWAY AND LOOTING ETHIOPIANS BLIND. I’ve rest my case. Good bye you shameless woyane trouble maker.

  9. love
    | #9

    It is amazing, as an Oromo, the fake Oromos are more worried about Amaras when 100% of the rulers are Tigrayans. I am not sympathizing for Amaras either when I say this. If you are truly Oromo and still talking about how Amaras are bad then you must then be supporting the imprisoning, harrassing, enslaving of Oromos in the South and what TPLF is doing on other ethnic groups including Oromos. Your immediate concern is not TPLF but Amara that is no longer in power. This leads me to conclude that those of you seemingly writing about OLF are not Oromos but TPLfites to divide Ethiopians once again.

  10. Anonymous
    | #10

    OLF, ONLF and TPLF are one and the same. OLF is a political party that was created thirty something years ago by Isayas and Meles to break up Ethiopians like the former Yugoslavia. It is unfortunate that Isayas and Meles have persuaded some Oromoes to hate Amharas. More Oromoes and Amharas have inter mixed in marriages more than other ethnic groups. TPLF are aware of this and it their mission to create frictions between Amharas and Oromoes. The Unity of Oromoes, Amharas and other ethnic groups is a threat for woyanes and they work day and night to make sure that Ethiopians are divided. Ethiopians should be aware of evil woyanes like Hunde Jaabesaa who uses Oromo names. The evidence is not hard to find. Even the former leaders Haille Sellassie and Mengestu had tried their best to unite Ethiopians, but tyrant Melese works his best to break Ethiopians in pieces. No one in the history of Ethiopia have oppressed and robbed Oromoes and the rest of Ethiopians than TPLF.

  11. Zerayakob Yared
    | #11

    ” Assta B. Gettu [Visitor]
    Eritrea- or Ethiopia-based Oromo movement is not for Ethiopia: it is against the unity of the Christian land of Ethiopia; therefore, such a foreign Oromo movement must be annihilated from its roots – Eritrea and Somalia before it roosts its chickens, young Oromians and be consumed by the birds of the air – the children of united Christian Ethiopia. After all, these new Eritrean Oromo movement is a Muslim movement that slaughtered the few Amhara movement in Eritrea.

    At this crucial time, Ethiopia does not need the liberation of Muslim Oromia; it is like creating a new independent Palestinian state that will become a future headache for the Jewish nation. Ethiopia has its own internal headaches – Meles Seitanawi (Zenawi), Jezebel (Azeb), Al Amoudi, Aba Paulos, the Jimma Muslims, and the Tigrean army.

    04/03/11 @ 00:56 ”

    le colonel,

    “and the Tigrean army.”ውንም ጭምር የችግሩ አካል አደረከው!?

    ሲመስለኝ, በጀኔራል ሳሞራ ‘የሚመራውን’ የኢዮጵያውን ብሄራዊ ወታደራዊ ሃይልን ማለትህ ነው:: አለሙ በሙሉ በስር መሰረቱ ተገንዝቦህ እንደምትገኘው, መጠነኛ ‘አክራሪነት’ ስለማይለይህ, “ድሮውንስ በእስላም የሚመራ ወታደር ምን ሊጠቅም” የሚል አባባል አድሮብህ ኢንደሆነ, አይዞህ ተረጋጋ:: ምክኒያቱም,አንድም,ሰውየው እንደሌሎቹ የስራ ባልደረቦቹ በመንፈሰ ፅዮን ነው የሚታጀበው, ሁለትም, ህልፈተ ክንፈ(ህወሓት-ሰኩሪቲ አለቃ ነበር) ከተከናወነበት ጊዜ ጀምሮ, ሳሞራ ከዚያን በፊት ከነበርው የፊልድ ማርሻልነት ክብሩ ወደ ተራ “የክቡር ዘበኝነት” ጎንበስ ቀና ባይነት ሚና ተቀላጣፊነት (አለ)መአርግ ደረጃ ወርድዋልና!

    ከእኔ በበለጠ አንተ ኮሎኔሉ ሊትገነዘበው እንደምትችለው, በኣረጋዊ በርሀ የተደራጀውና የተዋቀረው የበፊቱ የህወሓት ወታደራዊ ሃይልና, ከ1991 ዓ.ም. ጀምሮ ግን የኢትዮጵያ ብሄራዊ ወታደር የሆነው,ሁለት የጀግንነት ስራዎችን አጠናቅቅዋል:: በቅድሚያ ‘የትግሬን ማድቀቅ ነው’ ቀንደኛ ስርአተኞችን ደምሥስዋል:: ሁለትም ,ከ9/11 በፊት,ጠቅላላው የምእራቡ አለምና የአረቡ አለም በ’አል-ኢትሃድ ፎጣ ተሸፍኖ ኢትዮጵያን ለመበታተን በሱማሌ በኩል መጥቶ በከበበበት ስአቶች,የቀድሞዎቹ የኢትዮጵያ ኮሎኔሎችና ጀኔራሎች, ኢትዮጵያን ንብረትዋን ብቻ በመዝረፍ ትተዋት ስለሸሹ,አዲሱና የቀድሞ ይህወሓት ሃይል የነበረው ሃይልዋ በከመ ቅፅበት ደርሶ ስላዳናት ይሄው እስከ አሁን ጊዜ ድረስ ሁላችንም አገር አለን ብለን እየተኩራራን ነው::

    ኢትዮጵያን የማዳኑን የመተናነቅ ጉዳይን የተዋደቁት, በፊልድ ማርሻሎች ጻድቃን,ሓየሎምና, ሳሞራ, እንዲሁም በጀኔራል በርሄና ባለቤቱ ጀኘራሊቱ እየተመራ ጠቅላላው ቆልዓ ትግራይ ነበረ:: ቢያንስ-ቢያንስ ከዚህ የአገር ማዳን ጉዳይ ብቻ በመነሳት (በእርግጥም ኢትዮጵያዊ ከሆንክ)ልታመሰግናቸው እንጂ, ኢትዮጵያን በሚመለከት ጉዳይ እንደ የችግሩ አካል አድርገህ ልትወስዳቸው አይገባምና, አባባልህን አስተካክል::

    በእርግጥም ግን አንድ አንተ ያልጠቀስከው ችግር አለ:: እርሱም, ቆልዓ ትግራይ(የኢትዮጵያው ሰራዊት) ኢትዮጵያን ለማዳን ከአዳማ እስከ ጅጅጋ ባሉት ክፍለ ሃገራችን ላይ ከላይ ከጠቀስኩዋቸው ጠላቶች ጋራ በሚተናነቅበት ጊዜ, ጭንጋፍ ማሌሊቶች አትላንታ በሚገኘው የካርተር እንስቲቱውሽን(ፋውንደሽን) ሲአይኤ ያዘጋጀችላቸውን ኮርስ ሲከታተሉ ይገኙ ነበር::(አየሄውማ የሲአይኤ ታክቲክ, በአንድ ብኩል ኢትዮጵያን በመክበብ ተግባራት ትሳተፍና, በሌላ በኩል ግን ለማንኛውም በሚለው አስተሳሰብዋ ለ’ plan B የሚሆኑን ሰዎች ታዘጋጃለች::) ኮርሱ የተሰጠው በሁለት አርእስቶች ላይ ነበር:አንድ በጉድፈቻ ስም ህጻናት ልጆችን እንዴት አድርጎ መሸጥ እንደሚቻልና, ሁለትም ደግሞ, ፊልድማርሻሎችን እንዴት አድርገህ ከጀግንነታቸው ታጨናግፋለህ, የሚል ነበር::

    ኣብራ ሄዳ ስለነበረና ከዚህም በመነሳት ነው ያች ጭልፊት አሁንም ቢሆን, ገና አፍዋን ስትከፍት, መሸጥ ብሎ የሚያስጮሄት:: ፊልድ ማርሻሎችን ማጨናገፍን በሚመለከት, አንተም እንደምታውቀው, ፊልድ ማርሻል ሓይሎም በተራ መኪና ሸያጭ አድርገው አስገደሉት:: ጀኔራል በርሄን እንከነ ባሌበቱ አዲስ አበባ በገዛ ቤቱ ውስጥ, መቐለ ውስጥ ባደገ አንድ ባንዳ አስገድሉብን:: ፊልድ ማርሻል ጻድቃንን ይሄው ከሰራዊቱ አለያዩብን:: ፊልድ ማርሻል ሳሞራን ከማርሻልነት ቦታው አውርደው ተራ”የክቡር ዘበኛ” አጋፋሪ አደረጉብን::

    ማሌሊቶች የተማሩትን የመሸጥና የማጨናገፍ ተግባራትን በስራ በማዋልም ስላሳዩ, ለወደፊቱም ቢሆን ኢትዮጵያን ለማጭናገፍ ይጠቅማሉ ተብለው ከ9/11 በውሃላ በድጋሚ ምእራቡ አለም ክርስትና አንስትዋቸውና ለታማኝነትም በቅተው, በአሁኑ ጊዜ የተሰጣቸውን ሚና እየተጫወቱ ነው::

    የቀረውን በሚቀጥለው ሌላው ዘንዳ ካልተጠናቀቀው ሃሳብ ጋር!

    ክህደትንና ጭንጋፍነትን ያውድምልን!

  12. Bilisabaas
    | #12

    We like it or not, the Oromo people do have no other alternative to fighting in unison against this nama-nyaataa regime! All Oromo nationalists in the spectrum of Oromo organizations from the far-left (UDJ of a unitary Ethiopia with Oromo leadership), middle-left (OPDO of a limited Oromian cultural autonomy), central-middle (OFC of a complete Oromian autonomy within Ethiopian union, i.e pre-walabummaa union), middle-right (ULFO of an Oromian independence) and the far-right (OLF of Oromian union including the Horn region, where other Oromo clans live, i.e post-walabummaa union) must now build a formal or informal tokkummaa and tumsa to push together for their common ground, for BILISUMMAA from Woyane fascism! After achieving this bilisummaa, they do have a chance to compete and advocate for their version of Oromo national sovereinginty, on which the Oromo public will decide per referendum. Wake up all Oromo nationalists in all walk of life and be united for this noble cause of bilisummaa!

  13. Gadaasis
    | #13

    good look at the current political spectrum of the Oromo nationalists. Can we give the five parties their original Gadaa name? For instance:
    - UDJ = Birimaji
    - OPDO = Horata
    - OFC = Bichile
    - ULFO = Duulo
    - OLF = Robale?

    Then just taking in to consideration the liberation journey according to the famous metaphor (the journey from Djibouti/Garbummaa to Finfinne/optimal Bilisummaa):
    - UDJ wants to bring back the status of an Erased Oromia from the world map = a backward move to Djibouti,
    - OPDO wants to maintain the present Occupied Oromia by Woyane occupation force = a life in Ayisha, the desert town at the border of Djibouti,
    - OFC strives a forward move to Autonomous Oromia = a move to Diredhawa,
    - ULFO fights for a further move to Independent Oromia = further move to Adaama, and
    - OLF struggles for an optimal form of bilisummaa beyond an independence, i.e for a United Oromia in the Horn = a final journey to Finfinne.

    So, UDJ’s struggle for individual liberty of citzens is good, but its attempt to erase Oromia must be checked. OPDO is good only to hinder this attempt of erasing Oromia, but its tendency to maintain the occupied status of Oromia can not be accepted. The moves of OFC, ULFO and OLF are just complementary, if they are wise enough to synchronize their move and work in tandem to promote our liberation journey first to Diredhawa, then to Adaama and finally to Finfinne without creating artificial conflict as they sometimes seem to do. But now as you said, we have to give a priority to getting rid of the fascist and racist Woyane regime by any means possible, including the REVOLUTION!

  14. Mulugeta H.
    | #14

    The right to secession only leaves seeds of doubt and uncertainty among people who are seeking peace, unity and prosperity for decades.

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