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4700 arrested in connection killings, unrest in Oromo region of Ethiopia

Authorities in Oromo regional state say report about number of people dead in connection with the unrest is incorrect

Getachew Balcha _ Oromo region
Getachew Balcha, Communications Bureau head of the Oromo region . Photo : ENA

July 8, 2020
Updated on July 9, 2020

4700 people arrested in connection with unrest and killings following the assassination of Ethiopian singer Hachalu Hundessa.

The acting police commissioner of Oromo regional state, Mustafa Kedir, is cited, by VOA Amharic, as saying that 3100 are arrested in the Oromo region of Ethiopia. The remaining 1600 are arrested in the capital Addis Ababa.

The Ethiopian government has established that the attack on innocent citizens was a coordinated one and that it was part of a grand plan to drag the country to civil war.

Although the government report failed to mention explicitly and unequivocally, other sources based on eyewitness accounts and testimonies from victims indicated that the attack was clearly targeting ethnic non-Oromos. It was ethnic cleansing as many activists have argued.

According to the latest report, at least 239 people have been brutally killed by radical ethnic Oromo nationalists which the government linked with Oromo Liberation Front Shane. However, security authorities in the region deny that the number of deaths reported by international media is incorrect; they think it is only 166.

At least 229 other people have sustained serious wounds most of which are believed to lead to long term disability.

When the extremists unleashed their attack on defenseless people, authorities in the security sector did not act quickly enough; in some places attackers were even ignored, to avert loss of lives.

The extent of the destruction of property is of great magnitude -, especially in Shashemene and Ziway cities. It is as if the extremists were deployed with an order to implement scorched earth policy. Again, the targets were ethnic non-Oromos.

Mayor of Shashemene town, Temam Hussien, and chief of security in the city, Nadew Ambo, is in custody over inaction to stop the destruction property in the city whose official estimate is not yet released. It is confirmed that, however, at least 20 buildings are completely destroyed. Over 200 businesses are destroyed. 

Schools, hotels, factories, and convenience stores are among businesses completely destroyed. 

Ethiopian long-distance legend Haile Gebreselassie’s hotel in Shashemene and Ziway are attacked too. A few months ago his agribusiness investment in Tepi, south Ethiopia, was vandalised.  

All the attacks and destruction of properties reportedly started within hours after the news of Hachalu Hundessa’s death was reported. Another striking point is that the attacks essentially happened at the same time in over 40 districts in the region.

According to the Ethiopian government, the plan was to spark a large-scale civil war. Authorities in the Oromo region of Ethiopia claim a relative calm is restored.

For ethnic non-Oromo living in the region, the calm is uneasy and they fear that the massacre could happen again. Hundreds are still staying in police stations.

Many of those who saved their lives are also reduced to homelessness as their homes are completely destroyed.  

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  1. Just keep busing these Attila’s to jail, lock’em up and throw away the keys. These are not Oromos, Amhara or anyone else but demons of the third kind. Blow’em out there so they will rot in jails. Period!!!!

  2. One more urgent call to my dear countrymen living overseas. Let’s open up our wallets as we always do and help those unfortunate citizens who have lost it all. Let’s do this!!!!

  3. Individuals in the diaspora are responsible too. The sad fact is in the diaspora most people can get away with their crimes.

    Mr. Kelbessa Negewo and few others got arrested in the diasporas while most continue to get away with it.

    Letter to Dr. Robert McMahan, President of Kettering University

  4. According to the official government reports out of the 239 people killed in Ethiopia 229 of them were killed in Oromia, only 10 people were killed in Addis Ababa. All of the properties destroyed were in Oromia not in Addis Ababa.

    The current official total number of people arrested over these killings and destructions of properties is 4700 people . Out thsee 4700 people arrested close to one fourth 1/4th of those who are arrested (1,100 people) are from Addis Ababa mostly suspected of being Balderas tagays.

    Those arrested in Oromia get tested for CoronaVirus while in jail also those arrested within Oromia are being fed relatively very well but those Balderas arrested from Addis Ababa are not getting CoronaVirus tests. Unlike those arrested in Oromia those balderas from Addis Ababa are being subjected to chronic malnutrition and CoronaVirus spreads which is so inhumane.

  5. Subject: “4700 arrested in connection killings, unrest in Oromo region of Ethiopia” borkena
    July 8, 2020, Updated on July 9, 2020

    Commentary, 9 July 2020
    What we are witnessing TODAY is a CLASSICAL TRAGEDY .
    It is NOT — I repeat, NOT — the reflection of TODAY’s grieviances but of WAY, WAY, BACK PAST SOCIOLOGICAL TREATMENT of certain sectors of ETHIOPIAN SOCIETIES. We all know it — we grew up with it SILENTLY and AGED with it.

    If Citizens of way past era wish to bury their heads, conveniently, it is their choice. Ethiopia is an ancient proud independent country, rich in history, envious of many but, alas, with a sociological FLAW of itself by itself for its own destruction. HISTORY cannot be denied.

    It is said somewhere that NOTHING CAN BE HIDDEN FOR EVER. Sooner of later grievances and dsicrimination of people will come to the surface with loaded anger to condemn and reject the archaic past. In overwhelming case, it is reflected by uncontrollable anger and destruction. The fact that the culprits of the past era are gone does not seem to be realized — the accumulated anger must be relieved, at any time. Indeed, WE SEE IT TODAY, GUIDED BY DEEPLY ANGERED YOUNG SOULS. Do we really blame them? The least that we can do is to UNDERSTAND THEM and take a conciliatory route to rectify the past crime and concentrate on the present with FULL KNOWLEDGE of THE PAST.

    To repeat, the ANGER OF YOUNG PEOPLE OF TODAY MUST BE FULLY UNDERSTOOD WITH SINCERITY. We must realize, it is THEIR ERA . If we do not accept that TRUTH, it is tantamount in desiring to continue with the old era that does not exist. In any case, the YOUNG DYNAMIC WILL TAKE CARE OF IT. I can’t resist mentioning the insightful old Amharic saying for the old generation : ምከረው ምከረው፥ እምቢ ካለ መከራ ይምከረው ። THE END

  6. Hopefully the federal and state governments will put away for good leaders of the mayhem, in the likes of Mohammed and Geleba. If not, those who lost their loved ones and livelihoods should take matters in their own hands and eliminate the thugs, should those thugs be released as happened in the past. It may take only a few thousand Birr to hire professional hit men from among the thousands of unemployed criminals to do the jobs.

  7. This is a good start but as long as there are many super-spreaders of hate busy spoon feeding the jobless and hopeless youth with poisonous hatred here among us and other places in the west, this effort will be just futile. These demons seem to be emboldened even more. They used to demonize others using pejorative words but now you see them urging this unemployed youth to go out on killing and torching spree. Kill Amharas they say!!! Kill Neo-Gobenas they lambaste from their comfy homes here in the USA. Where are you lawyers among us? Now they are even more agitated because those in custody for allegedly murdering that young man have names that do not sound Amharas or Tigrayans. They are calling H.E. Adanech Abiebie all kinds of names. She is now an Amhara and is protecting her kin and kit. They even talk how she is so illiterate that she can’t even read what is in front of her. Somebody else was doing a voice over when she gave updates at the press conference. To these fiends killers of Hachalu could not be Oromos and must always be the ‘N’ people. No ifs or buts about it they say. They have declared that PM Abiy have no Oromo blood in him even though I had told them a million times that both his father and mother were half black Puerto Ricans, a quarter Cherokee and 15% Shoshone Nation, 15% Japanese and 10% Bulgarian just like me. Wait a minute that is more than 100%. That is because you are not a mathematician like me!!!

    Putting all the light part of all this aside, all these ‘Jihadi Janes’ and ‘Jihadi Joes’ must be tracked down and dealt with in a court of law. There must be a series of serious discussions with common social networking platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and alike so they can rein in such preachers of deadly hatred toward groups of people. I know most of the European nations have laws in their books that criminalize hate speech and suspect our USA should also have laws prohibiting hate speech intended to disturb public peace. I know USA has a law ‘The Neutrality Act’ that prohibits it citizens to declare war of a friendly nation. ‘Kill Amharas and Oromos who protect Amharas’ is tantamount to declaring war on citizens of a friendly nation. Ethiopia is a friendly nation and an important ally in the war against terrorism. Hello lawyers among us!!! Where are you?


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