Ethiopians protest in Washington DC, London against killings in Oromo region

Washington DC Protest. Photo : from Samson Michailovich FB page

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July 17, 2020

Tens of thousands of Ethiopians took to the street in Washington DC and London to protest the ethnic and religious-based killings in the Oromo region of Ethiopia.

In Washington DC, protesters marched to the department of the secretary of state and condemned the killings of hundreds of innocent citizens in the Oromo region of Ethiopia by an organized Youth group who are said to have received orders from some activists and radical ethnic Oromo political leaders in the opposition.

The protestors want Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s government to strengthen the measures against criminals to enforce the rule of law in the country in the interest of ensuring the security and safety of Ethiopians in the Oromo region of Ethiopia.

Tewodros Kabtimer was one of the organizers of the protest in Washington DC. He told ESAT that the turnout was good and that protestors condemned, as a single voice, the massacre in the Oromo region.  He also said that protests said they are on the side of Abiy Ahmed in his action to enforce the rule of law in the country.

Carrying Ethiopia’s popular and historical flag, the protestors also called for the demobilization of ethnic-based special forces(Oromo regional state have trained about thirty rounds of special force recruits, and all the regions have their own special forces). According to local reports, there were instances whereby the security forces collaborated with the killers. There were also those who watched indifferently when the radical groups unleashed their attacks including beheading an elderly man in his late 70’s. 

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London Protest. Photo : Samson Michailovich FB

Similarly, thousands of Ethiopians in London, United Kingdom, demonstrated at the Marble Arch calling for the Ethiopian government to take action against those who disseminated hate and incited ethnic-based violent killings in the Oromo region. Multilingual messages were conveyed calling for unity, peace, and security of the country.  They also called for Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s government to hold accountable those who are responsible for the killings.

The Ethiopian government said it has arrested over 5000 people in connection with the incident including Jawar Mohammed, founder, and owner of Oromia Media Network, and Bekele Gerba who is Deputy Chairman of Oromo Federalist Congress – an opposition group. Jawar is implicated in the death of the killings of at least 86 people, also in the Oromo region of Ethiopia, in late October 2019.

Meanwhile, radical ethnic Oromo nationalists have organized a protest in several cities in North America and Europe. But their demand is different; “Release Jawar Mohammed and all Oromo political prisoners.” 



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3 Responses to "Ethiopians protest in Washington DC, London against killings in Oromo region"

  1. Ittu Aba Farda   July 18, 2020 at 12:46 am

    Consider me that I was there with you in spirit. Now it is time to go back to work and stand in unison. You’ll should keep in mind that it is an election year. The killings of those innocent civilians were instigated(incited) for most part by the Jihadi Janes and Jihadi Johns here among us, Europe and elsewhere outside the old country. Elected public officials should be reminded in no hazy vague terns that they have to reign in their Jihadi citizens and bring them to justice. You have to come up with a task force and dangle your voting might in the faces of all candidates. Ethiopia is a staunch ally of USA and the entire freedom loving world in the fight against terrorism. It is now victimized by terrorists that have made the Good Ole USA their base of operation. This country has a law, The Neutrality Act, in its book that prohibits its citizens to wage war on a friendly nation. It is against the law. It is a crime punishable by a long term in prison. You need to awaken the lawyers among us from their slumber too. It is about time for them to be seen working!!!

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  2. Ayatolla   July 18, 2020 at 11:18 am

    The original tri-colors inspired all the pan-african flags of today including OLF.
    Ethnics deserve equality and freedom but not while killing other Ethiopians!
    Ethiopia before everything.

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  3. Ittu Aba Farda   July 18, 2020 at 9:09 pm

    Now having said that, I may also remind the officials over there even though innocent civilians have been murdered and maimed for life in the most barbaric ways, that does not give you the leeway/license to herd up civilians who might have nothing to do with this shameful crime. You must not carbon copy the behavior of the two regimes since 1974 before you and held citizens just by association. You have the ring leading animals and those who hacked citizens to death and maimed hundreds possibly thousands others including those who torched billions worth of property to ashes in your pen. You must do a due diligence vetting and let the innocent go free. That must be done pronto. You also need to obtain the cooperation of the officials of the neighboring countries so they can keep an eye on recent runaways from the old country. My gut feeling is there could be a few of those who committed similar crimes in 1992-93 currently lounging in the great state of Minnesota, DC and other states munching on welfare and missionary cakes. So free those who are proven to be innocent and tighten the screw on others who incited this shameful bloody mayhem and their foot soldiers. These scabs, these lowest of the lowest form of human refuse do not belong to be among the pride of the colored among one of the most upright and cultured people ever lived. Out of my sight!!!!

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