Ethiopian long-distance running legend, two times Olympic gold medalist intends to sue Facebook

Ethiopian long distance legend Haile Gebreselassie sees Facebook role in the recent massacre in Oromo region of Ethiopia

Ethiopian long-distance running _ Haile Gebreselassie
Haile Gebreselassie. Photo source : FBC

borkena
November 3, 2019

The greatest long-distance runner in history Haile Gebre Selassie of Ethiopia disclosed this past week that he is intending to sue the “social media” platform, facebook, over recent massacre in his country which claimed at least 78 lives. 

If the Ethiopian government is not filing a lawsuit against the giant the American giant online social media and networking company, says Haile Gebrselassie, “it is likely that I will do it,” as reported by state-affiliated Fana Broadcasting Corporation (FBC).

“People are dying,” he said, 

The two times Olympic long-distance Gold medalist believes that Facebook has contributed a lot to the security crisis in the country in recent years. 

The latest string of massacre in Oromo region of Ethiopia was triggered after radical Oromo nationalists activist and owner of Oromia media network. Jawar Mohammed, who has over 1.7 million followers on Facebook, wrote a message on facebook in the late night of October 22 accusing the government of endangering his life by removing security details.   

“Some may say that they are using Facebook as a tool for struggle and freedom. Yet, it should not lead to unnecessary sacrifice. There should be caution in that regard,” Haile Gebreselassie added. 

He wants Ethiopian activists in the country and abroad to weigh the impacts of their messages to their followers.  He warned that the use of photo-shopped materials to incite violence will, in the end, bring about a heavy price to whoever is doing it. 

He sees media outlets in the country as part of the problem too, and he says that they should exercise caution in their work. 

Political situation in Ethiopia seems to be fragile due to decades of ethnic-based politics which, in recent years, has been radicalizing.

Ethnic Oromo radical youth, known in the region as qeerroo, committed atrocities massacring at least 78 people, including children and seniors taking the facebook message from the radical activist, Jawar, as a pretext to do so.   



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15 Responses to "Ethiopian long-distance running legend, two times Olympic gold medalist intends to sue Facebook"

  1. Giqem   November 2, 2019 at 10:08 pm

    AHIYAWUN FERTO DAWILAWUN !!

    Facebook is not to blame . Neither Facebook nor OMN Jawar Mohammed did lay a finger themselves or transmitted an order to hold attacks on the massacred people.

    If anyone is to blame, it is
    1. the Ethiopian government judiciary system who left Querro to freely massacre ethnic Amara people for the longest of times by disregarding the outcries.

    2.Both the regional and the Ethiopian central government security apparatuses who failed to do their job of protecting it’s citizens due to lack of a commander in chief that is able to command as their duty requires them.

    3.Of course the hulligan Querro barbarians who did the killings.

    If Haile got any balls AND really belives he can sue, he should sue all the above obvious guilty parties by assisting in documenting or collecting scientific evidences that won’t perish through time.

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    • aAbesha   November 3, 2019 at 2:21 pm

      Atleast he is doing something while you’re sitting on your computer “analyzing” politics.

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  2. mamo   November 3, 2019 at 10:14 am

    Ethiopia is filled with so many fake doctors, pastors,, managers and etc

    I find someone appointed as the head of a college and he claimed that he has TWO MASTERS DEGREE and he utters that he got his degree from CORLIN which is a fake university.

    Saddly, the smartest people are dying in the desert being chased by the graduates of fake universities like so and so .

    Amharic have so many golden proverbs such as ” the hyena requested a hide in a strange land so that he could lie down .

    Fake doctors occupied well-paid jobs and holders of legal certified credentials are fleeing thier country and lead a miserable life.

    Church is full of fake doctors such as …….Mahibrekidusan gang members, anti-oromo and other minorities working to restore amhar hegemony , etc . you know them some are spies as well.

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    • Melaku   November 3, 2019 at 10:18 pm

      I have been wondering about that…

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  3. mamo   November 3, 2019 at 10:28 am

    That why many top dogs like his excellency Mr Dr philosopher Abiy Ibin Gragn Ahmed , PM and award winner, perfer to do PHD and msaters online hoping to hold the fastest degree in 4 months even in 24 hrs . You just pay and order it like any package .

    Then You can easily claim a highly paid position in a public or religious organization.

    Poor people become slaves even in thier own homeland regardless of thier academic status.

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  4. mamo   November 3, 2019 at 10:33 am

    Excuse me Corllins University, fake one , and not Cornell university which regain no. 19 ranking among the top World universities .

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  5. WakaJira   November 3, 2019 at 2:55 pm

    Fellow humanbeings, Amhara , Oromo and others stop killings and let our land reamin in peace

    I donot call you my fellow ethiopians

    I reallly Support Oromo People, but if they kill Shoa Oromo this could be the perfect indication of extremisim. They must get rid of this nonsense outlook. I personally love shoa oromo than amhara itself even if I should avoid being biased.

    Stop killing any innocent citizens to push forward your tribal hegemeny and superemacy. This what you adopted from western country. Since did and doing whatever they want for thier own interest to the extent of dehumanizing and belittling blacks and other races.

    You should Avoid this kind of model unquestionably expressing barbarity.

    Thank you very much on behalf of innocent people.

    NB: Come to your senses my fellow humanbeings . I donot think Waka or God, Or Allah likes this actions. I am just begging you sir falling faced down on the floor, both physically/literally/ and figuratively on a broken heart§§§§

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  6. Tekola   November 3, 2019 at 11:26 pm

    Stick to your profession and you will have your legendary statue for years to come. The AMHARA elite wants us to believe that the killings was one sided and the only people who died were Amharas. In Bale Robe 12 ethnic oromos were slaughtered in their homes and on the street. In total there was around 23 innocent lives lost on both sides. Robe is mostly oromos and of Islamic faith. A great deal of restrain was shown from your so called ” Radical extremists Oromo qeeroos”. I am in not support of any loose of lives and unnecessary property damage. The places of worship from any faith should be protected by the government in times of civil unrest. Their will always be demented individual from both sides who will incite violence and attack each other’s places of worship to create havoc in the country.
    Above all else the government needs to be firm on issues of religion. We are heading on a very dangerous path and disintegration of this country is imminent if we continue this way.
    The biggest losers will be all of us.
    The AMHARA social media junkies need to be aware that the Solomonic DYNASTY will never be allowed in this country ever again. They also need to be aware that rule of one ethnic group over the others will not be tolerated ever. The rest of the country is paying the price of the inequality your fore fathers have created over the past century. YOU CAN BARK ALL YOU WANT BUT YOU WONT BE ALLOWED TO BITE YOU ARE ON THE LEASH.
    I don’t believe for a minute that a Abiy was behind the assassination attempt of Jawar. What possible benefit would he gain would he have except for mass massacre in the country and possible resignation of his government due to civil unrest.
    You got to ask yourself who will be real beneficiary from civil unrest in the country. Their are elite out there waiting for a loophole to take power, it doesn’t who is how many dies .
    This is a classic case of turning Abiy against Jawar or lemma against Abiy or turning the three against each other
    To our leaders, don’t fall into their trap be smart. We know you have your big ego to protect but the lives of many innocent human being depend on your judgment.
    GOD BLESS

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  7. Ajajalu   November 4, 2019 at 1:59 am

    To Giqem

    You WERE talking about scientific evidence documenting for legal battle, Querro just got called for what very much resembles a scientific genocidal spree training by DEFENCE MINISTRY .

    zehabesha.com/amharic/archives/98208

    He Wiped out the Amara generals , then “Defence Ministry,” now is trying to hire Querro in a vacancy that came out specifically designed for Querro. Vacancy came out in the same weekend while more bodies are being found from the recent genocidal killings by Querro.
    WHY now?
    Why no date on the vacancy?

    You “Defence Minstry” might as well say it out loud like this Bluntly :”I do not want to hire but I want to hide Querro, hide them from possible prosecution or even possible retaliation, then if the Querro last through the trainings which is highly unlikely unless I Defence Ministry let them cruise through trainings with I Defence Ministry help in falsifying their trainings results just so right after graduation I Defence Ministry gladly want to order the Querro (: s s Schutzstaffel ) to be continuing their genocidal spree killings using technologically modernized ways.”

    Querro doesn’t support political party it only supports Jawar and genocide, so Querro qualifies to hide as soldiers , while the truth is Querro had done more damage than almost all political parties in the country , but according to this vacancy posting that came out within a week after the Querro barbaric genocide, Querro members are allowed to join while the other political party affiliated members supporters are not.

    Plus as if right now the police or legal system works to uphold the law the vacancy says ” only those that have no litigation in court should apply” , the truth is the only people being litigated are honest people definitely not Querro.

    Yematqoretem tire kemehonwa befit .

    zehabesha.com/amharic/archives/98208

    Not too long ago Wiped out the Amara generals , then the “Defence Ministry” now is trying to hire Querro in a vacancy that came out specifically designed for Querro. Vacancy came out in the same weekend while more bodies are being found from the recent genocidal killings by Querro.
    WHY now?
    Why no date on the vacancy?

    Defence Minstry might as well say it out loud like this bluntly :”I do not want to hire but I want to hide Querro, hide them from possible prosecution or even possible retaliation, then if the Querro last through the trainings which is highly unlikely, unless I Defence Ministry as I had witnessed from TPLF let the chosen ones Querro cruise through trainings with I Defence Ministry help in falsifying their trainings results just so right after graduation since I Defence Ministry gladly want to order the Querro (: s s Schutzstaffel ) to be continuing their genocidal spree killings using technologically modernized ways.”

    Querro doesn’t support political party it only supports Jawar and genocide, so Querro qualifies to hide as soldiers , while the truth is Querro had done more damage than almost all political parties in the country , but according to this vacancy posting that came out within a week after the Querro barbaric genocide, Querro members are allowed to join while the other political party affiliated members supporters are not.

    Plus as if right now the police or legal system works to uphold the law the vacancy says ” only those that have no litigation in court should apply” , the truth is the only people being litigated are honest people definitely not Querro.

    zehabesha.com/amharic/archives/98208

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  8. Tekola   November 4, 2019 at 4:38 am

    Borkena.com

    Be fair and print my point of view. I don’t incite violence. You seem not to like when someone points out the fact.
    You want democray be democratic.

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  9. Geme   November 4, 2019 at 5:57 am

    Racist, you always point your finger to qeerroo(oromo youth), while 50 out of 84 of those who died is qeerroo. You said qeerroo is a radicalst, but not. It is you and your neftegna’s media are radicalists. No peace and stability sustains in Ethiopia until you stop writing and fabricating “this” fake news which is the worest source of violence as you preach hate against oromo and oromo youth by your impartial, onesided and worthyless idea. I am not a journalist, but you are far away from the ethics of journalism because you are triggering further conflict and fueling it up to take us all to hell. Now, look at the satisticas of the death and evaluate your fake news that you’ve been fabricating for a couple of days! Shame to you! Why did you fail to write something that brings the people of Ethiopia together? Don’t work to fill your bely, show us the reality and try to bring your brothers and sisters together, instead of spliting us to pieces.

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  10. marahallucinating   November 4, 2019 at 10:26 am

    Dear Tekola

    I agree to a certain extent with you: Amhar always muttering and telling us that they get massacred by TPLF, Oromo , Kimant , Agew, , Gumuz etc

    This is like what thy themselves portray it in thier own teret: A whip cries as it lashes, whips, itself.

    They themselves kill and massacre thousands and they still claim as if they were raped, harrassed, tortured etc

    Thier objective is to have the best of both worlds:Being an asylum seeker in the richest countries and get richer instantly

    And They are constantly and desperately seeking to be on the throne of solomonic dynasty or be the power behind the throne. haha

    What kind of what hallucination is that ? You just simply create drive people to get into the nonstop genocide hoping to maintain solomonic dynasty§

    THis people do many things to get elected and grab money such as selling stuffs from the church , accusing polticians as 666 followers , homosexuals etc BUt, as far as I know amharas work as security guards for magicians, as kedamis , hitmen and spies for wester world greedy and all time killers ETC etc

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  11. Ittu Aba Farda   November 4, 2019 at 7:54 pm

    I’ll repeat myself here with what I wrote before.

    I would like to say a word or two to all my dear countrymen/women. The old country has gone through so much in its contemporary history particularly since the 1970’s. It had managed to survive one calamity after another to get here. It had one ‘re-defining’ moment in the late 1980’s that culminated in its dramatic change a few years after that. By then the world had made up its mind including its former allies that it had to change. It looks it is facing the same scenario today. There are two leaders competing for legitimacy over the same country. When one is saying yes the other one will soon rebut that with a resounding no. When one says ‘let’s move on’ the other is right there to say ‘No because I have a lot to talk about the past’. When one says the people over there has shown the world how to live in harmony and the other one tells him that the people there were in constant conflict because of virtual colonial oppression. When one tries to attest that at the moment he is the leader but the other one tells him ‘not so fast!!’ When one tells the citizens that some individuals have broken the law, the other one come back telling him ‘So what! Others had broken the laws for many years in the past too. ‘I’m the leader! No you’re not! I’m the real leader and there is nothing, nothing you can do about! You better be careful! You are a sissy and I’m a battle hardened fighter. You wanna do something about it? Step right down and try me. You sissy!!! I have my hommies in your house from top down. It is not like the good ole days. I have the Sebhat’s, Debre’s and all their entourage in my pocket! You are only good as a dead man walking!!! You just saw what fearless fighter did to your books!!!’ This seems to be the reality on the ground in the old country now.

    Let’s face it. For all intents and purposes one region has already seceded. Politically there is the ‘Republic of Tigray’ now. Now we should all be prepared to see another undeclared ‘Republic’ very, very soon. The preliminary work has been done already. The administration has been successfully infiltrated and snapped away from the very top all the way to the bottom by those on mission to facilitate the process. I have same feelings today that I had in 1989/90 that the world including the friendly ones had determined that the old country has to go thru fundamental changes. Once again, the rehearsal is going on big time now. The animosity has been allowed to go on to the brink of beyond repair. That was very intentional for a planned excuse in the future. I might have been so naive to expect otherwise. I just want to advise you to prepare yourself. She will be gone as we know her today. The 2nd process is in full swing away from the cameras and watching eyes. A child born today will not know what it looks like now 10-15 years from now. By then thankfully I may not be around to see it all unfolded already.

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  12. Giqem   November 6, 2019 at 2:56 am

    aAbesha

    ” Intending to sue” is not doing something.

    Example of a law suit would be the case of Mengistu Hailemariam who was sued prosecuted and sentenced in absentia. Maybe Haile is intending to sue Facebook in absentia too.

    Personally I think Haile just wants to scare Mo Farah away from trying to go in legal battle with him , this opportunity got Haile more connected to internationaly credible lawyers NOT ONE OF THOSE FAKE LAWYERS ETHIOPIA GOT.

    . Mo Farah law suit against Haile about allegations of theft might come up soon and Haile got lawyers he can trust in his corner now .

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  13. Tekola   November 9, 2019 at 1:32 pm

    Dear marahallucinating

    We all want a better country for our kids and the for the following generation. i have no hate for any particular ethnic group but at the same time i have issues with a group of people who think some how they have divine revelation to control and rule other ethnicities. i hate the so called “Solomonic dynasty”with a passion. They are nothing but corrupt entity using a church to advance their twisted ideology on others. They corrupted the good name of the church too.
    i had major issues with woyanes but to be honest the Amhara rule will be a disaster for this country. No one wants to go back to the old system of one country, one religion and one language . The past damage caused by amhara elite to other ethnicities is mind blowing.

    My final point is
    During the Woyane rule other ethinic group mostly suffered economically but during the Derg and that idiotic solomonic dynasty other people suffered both economically and their culture.
    so how we had to speak their language and pray to their God.

    Pathetic ! Pathetic ! Pathetic.

    WE WILL NOT ACCEPT THAT KIND OF SYSTEM.

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