Ethiopian Embassy staff attack by radical Oromo mob said to be in a stable condition
August 25, 2020
Toronto – A mob of Radical ethnic Oromo nationalist took down the Ethiopian flag at the Ethiopian Embassy in London and replaced it with the flag Oromo Liberation Front (OLF) — which is linked to the assassination of singer Hachalu Hudnessa at the end of June 2020.
An Amateur video footage circulating on social media shows a man climbing up the embassy, with the guidance of the crowd standing outside the embassy, and taking down the Ethiopian flag. The video also shows London police watching the incident without taking a deterring action.
The Ethiopian embassy has blamed the London Police for the incident saying that it could have been stopped had the police acted, as reported by Ethiopian Satellite Television (ESAT).
Rosa Yerukneh, acting Charge d’Affairs at the embassy, said that the Ethiopian government flag was restored with the help of the police. The embassy hopes to reopen on Wednesday for regular services.
The incident happened a day after a diplomat at the embassy was attacked by the same group. A statement by the Ethiopian Embassy in London on Monday said “a group of angry and violent protesters committed an unprovoked physical assault on one of our staff members and prevented customers from obtaining the embassy’s services,” without calling mentioning the political allegiance of the group.
The staff member is said to be in stable condition after medical treatment, according to the embassy. About 12 perpetrators of the attack are said to be in police custody and the embassy intends to challenge them legally.
For about six days the group was camping in the parking lot of the embassy hassling embassy staff and disrupting service delivery.
On Tuesday, State Minister in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ethiopia Redwan Hussien had a meeting with Mr. Alex Cameroon, Charge d’Affairs at the British Embassy in Addis Ababa.
The Ethiopian Embassy in London disclosed that Mr. Redwan filed a complaint and expressed the “disappointment of the government of Ethiopia over the recent developments surrounding the safety and security of the Ethiopian Embassy in London.”
The British Embassy in Addis Ababa reportedly apologized, via Mr. Alex Cameroon, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ethiopia is assured that the British government would observe the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations and ensure the safety and security of Ethiopian Embassy staff in London.
Oromo Protest: The Cause?
The radical ethnic nationalist movement raging under the guise of “Oromo protest” — with extensive and coordinated Public relations and media work — is not precise when it comes to its demands.
What is clear is that the immediate cause for the renewed Oromo protest is related to the arrest of Jawar Mohammed (owner of Oromia Media Network), and other radical Oromo politicians and activists in connection with the assassination of Oromo singer Hachalu Hundessa which the government-linked to OLF.
Over 240 civilians were massacred in the Oromo region of Ethiopia under the guise of “protest against the killing of Hachalu Hundessa.” Thousands of residential homes and businesses were burned. Properties worth billions of birr were destroyed in several cities in the region.
Archived text and video messages indicate that radical Oromo politicians and activists based in the Diaspora were involved in the massacre of non-Oromos and Orthodox Christians in the region.
Not much is known about what exactly the basic cause of the radical Oromo nationalist group at this time is. It is targeting even ethnic Oromos who are not radical. Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and key members of his cabinet and top officials within the Ethiopian Defense Force and security apparatus are ethnic Oromo. Yet, the radical group disowned them as Oromo.
For some observers, what is wrapped with the Oromo protest is an ethno-religious movement with a motive to establish an Islamic state in the region. But such a view is not openly discussed.
Others see the movement as anti-neftegna, which is now a code word for Amhara. Those who disown Prime Minister Abiy, who is an ethnic Oromo on both sides of his parents, see him as a champion of neftegna case.
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Humble Commentary, 25 Aug 2020
Speaking for my self — needless to say — it is TRULY A TRAGEDY, in the CLASSICAL SENSE, that Ethiopia, one of the ANCIENT INDEPENDENT COUNTRIES AROUND THE GLOBE, will have to be disintegrated because of RELIGIOUS and/or ETHNIC ISSUES. Indeed, it is THE ETHIOPIAN TRAGEDY.
Question: WHO BENEFITS OUT OF THE DISINTEGRATION of ETHIOPIA????? Let each and every person, in that ancient country, answer that question to himself/herself. Can anyone imagine that an ancient country like Ethiopia e.g. BRITAIN — YES, United Kingdom — just simply disintegrate based on language,race and religion????? . If that question is ABSURD, why should a proud African Country like ETHIOPIA be labelled less than the example of United Kingdom. Ethiopians should look upon their deep inner sense and judge themselves by for their own benefit and history. THE END
UK GOVERNMENT IS PART OF THE BETRAYAL AND DISRESPECT OF OUR FLAG. THE COPS WERE THERE TO DO ABSOLUTELY NOTHING AND IT IS REALLY SAD.
THIS HAPPENED TWICE AND WHAT A DISGRACE FOR UK NOT ABLE TO HANDLE CRIME AND CRIMINALS.
THOSE PEOPLE ARE TERRORIST GROUP WHO PRETEND TO BE VICTIMS BC THE ETHIOPIAN GOVERNMENT TOOK SERIOUS MEASURES TO PROTECT INNOCENT PEOPLE FROM THEIR HALF GROUP BACK HOME BY ARRESTING THEM FROM SLAUGHTER, BUTCHER PREGNANT WOMEN AND CHILDREN,ELDERS….ETC. AND HANG PEOPLE UP SIDE DOWN FROM THIS ANIMALS AND ALSO THE SAME GROUP WHO PRETEND TO PROTEST ARE THE FUNDRAISER OF DOMESTIC TERRORIST.
JUST UNREAL TO WATCH THE COP DO NOTHING, THIS SHOWED UK HAS ZERO RESPECT FOR OUR COUNTRY ETHIOPIA.
this is my dream. i am so happy. death to Ethiopia and it is flag. we need new flag to unit us.
i am oromo and wish all bad thing for ethiopia
You don’t even cite the author of the article… you guys are a bunch of clowns
Any Oromo who feels not Ethiopians must leave Ethiopia.
Especially the ones from Wellega and Arsi.
Too bad we cannot benefit from the opinion of others. But, I AM SURE, borkena.com have sane reason. In that case, AMEN & INSHALAH
You NEVER see that at Eritrean embassy, why???
Leba trying to remove flag would’ve been shot and tossed off balcony.