Unity for Democracy and Justice issued a statement condemning violent attack on Oromo students

(Borkena) One of the biggest opposition parties in Ethiopia, Unity for democracy and Justice, issued a statement condemning attack on Oromigna speaking Ethiopian people and students.

In a statement published in Amharic on Finote Netsanet online edition, UDJ highlighted the fundamental issue vis-a-vis dislocation of farmers from their land holdings and the major flaws land policy. Farmers or other land holders do not have the right to sell their own land as government is claiming total ownership of land.

Recounting experiences in relation to governing party land policy and underscoring the point that land tenure has turned out to be a political tool for ruling TPLF/EPRDF party, UDJ asserted that Oromo students have constitutional right to protest the new investment plan surrounding the capital Addis Ababa and Oromia special zone and called on government to stop illegal and violent attack on students.

UDJ also called on government to stop dismissing students from institutions of higher learning only because they opposed the land policy and reinstate them back to their universities.

As well, UDJ called on the release of arrested students.

At the time of writing this entry, unverified source broke news that government forces are said to have embarked on renewed brutal attack on students in Ambo University and the rest of Universities in Southern and South Eastern Ethiopia

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