‎#OromoProtests‬ here is Bekele Gerba's statement at the court today

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‪#‎OromoProtests‬ here is Bekele Gerba’s statement at the court today. It was reported by journalist Elias Gebru Godana and translated by Girma Gutema

by Obang Metho
In our court session last time, we were forced to put off our formal black suits. We refused to do so because it is our constitutional right to put on any kind of cloth. We worn in black to expresses our grievances & sorrow for the over 50,000 Oromo nationals languishing behind bars & also for the 200-300 peaceful protesters recently killed by the regime.
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Our actions were peaceful & in no way meant to affect the normal court proceedings. We were not only denied to exercise our right this way, we were also verbally abused & insulted. Yesterday afternoon, they ordered all of us on today’s court appointment list to get out of our cells with all our clothing. From all our collections, they selected & took away all the black ones and dumped the rest. We insisted they stop doing that.
Other prisoners scavenged over our dumped-out clothes. They then brought some remaining ones & left them in our cells. They didn’t stop there. They took us to dark rooms & locked us in there. They physically abused some of my comrades. They are here now & they can witness what happened.
We haven’t eaten anything since yesterday. We were hand cuffed until this morning. They abused us purely based on their racist ideals. Many Oromo prisoners were singled out for tortures & other physical & psychological abuses.
Institutional racism is the hallmark of the prison house where we are in. They vowed to kill me saying that all the mess they are in now came because of me. We therefore request this court to relocate us from this prison house whose modus operandi is institutionalized racism. If we get back to that Qilinto prison today, we can’t even be sure that we make it back to the next session of this court. Our lives are in real danger. We have been denied of family visits. Even today, in this court compound, other people were prohibited from seeing us. We are not being considered as citizens. Why does the government want to run our cases out of public sight?
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  1. I do not blame Oromos for being suspecious and bitter, Since the Neftegna tribalist king Menilike era to the Neftegna king Haileselassie era that Oromos were treated as slaves to Neftegna. Oromos lands were stOlen by king Menilike was renamed and then rewarded Neftegna fudals. Oromos municipalities and courts were banned from using Oromos language in oromos courts and oromos city administration were forced to adopt and speak neftegnas Amhara language and Amharas culture.
    Can the present government of Ethiopia correct and fix Neftegna’s 100+ years of misjustice and socioeconomic mess ? ? ? ?
    ….i am afraid, that fixing neftegnas mess will take generations if not centures.

  2. @Southerner, stop the bull#st. This is not about what happened a century ago or even yesterday. It is what is happening today and what might happen tomorrow. The Oromo people know more than you think– they are not going to lose seeing the injustice going on today and going to happen tomorrow trying to settle scores about the past. In fact, now is the climax of racism and economic, social and political discrimination in Ethiopia. I am sure the future is going to be better at least for the Oromo, because it cannot get any worse than it is.

  3. @ Southerner,
    Now I know why The Oromo rebels ( OLF) hate Showa Amaras and genocide Amaras residing in Wollegaa region in the late 1990’s.
    These the same Oromo protestors also doing the same thing by burning Amara own businesses and Amara houses throughout Oromo regions.

  4. Dedeb It is not Neftegna who is killing and torching you at this moment.
    open your eyes are under the occupation of WEYANE.
    Keep talking about Minilik forever he is not out there to defend himself.
    May be this is written by Weyane cadre.

  5. @Belachew Aredo and others, Southerner is low level ህዝባዊ ወያነ ሓርነት ትግራይ
    I am Oromo and i know very well the Tigrayan People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) or ህዝባዊ ወያነ ሓርነት ትግራይ shenanigan. Belachew Aredo and the like, ህዝባዊ ወያነ ሓርነት ትግራይ trying to incite fight between Oromo and Amahara to stay in power for day or two.
    Belachew Aredo and other Amahara, we need to say enough is enough to ህዝባዊ ወያነ ሓርነት ትግራይ aka TPLF. this profoundly immoral and malevolen people are try to make a historical event has current political platform to divide Oromo and Amhara. i am not denying here as Oromo that Amharas did not commit crime against Oromo people but past history should not give ህዝባዊ ወያነ ሓርነት ትግራይ a licence to kill, rape, torture us to loot our resources while we fight on our past history. this is not begging and here is one thing i would like to ask the Amhara ultra nationalist, we are in the 21st century we , the Oromo and Amahra, do not have to go to war like in the past, we need to seat down and have conversation and find a way how we can build NEW ETHIOPIA for the next generation to live in side by side while we are celebrating our diversity under NEW SYSTEM not the OLD and under country called Ethiopia and less than this is uncivilized.
    Lets as all know that the devil aka ህዝባዊ ወያነ ሓርነት ትግራይ is the lair and let us march on till victory is won where the son and daughter of Oromo and Ahmara lives in HARMONY.
    thank you,

  6. To all weyanes trolling the web:
    Time to face the truth – Woyane / TPLF has failed totally and completely in its mission. Woyane is set out to destroy Ethiopia will in the end self-destruct. Ethiopians will continue to watch on the sidelines with aching hearts and bellies. They gnash their teeth and wag their index fingers asking themselves when the day of reckoning will finally arrive.
    Woyane and all Tigre accomplices know that behind the deafening silence of millions of Ethiopians and apparent passivity is boiling anger just like liquefied magma before it erupts in a volcano.
    Or perhaps it is like the proverbial finger in the dam. You can’t stop the dam from collapsing by sticking a finger in the hole of the dam. What happens when the dam finally collapses?
    There is no doubt about it. The day of reckoning for the Woyane and all Tigre accomplices will come “unexpectedly, like a thief in the night.”

  7. You idiots keep talking, it the neftegna who gave you shelter when you came from kenya& Madagaskar.Learn your history.

  8. For anyone who speaks against the ruling tactics of king minilik, please educate yourself in order to rid yourself of the propaganda that has gotten to your head. I think it is time for you to get a true and historical lecture as to where you came from and what Menelik has done that I believe you wouldn’t have the ability to do. Your woyane couldn’t come close to the military success that he had against the Italians. I will keep you in my prayers sothat the authoritative regime will not tear Ethiopia into a million pieces. We Ethiopians need to come together as one. እግዚአብሄር ኢትዮጵያን ይባርካት።

  9. The only way we can defeat tplf is if and when the Amara and the Oromo come together in oneness as brothers and sisters, leaving the past behind, United together for the same purpose, building a free and democratic Ethiopia.
    The tactics the tplf is using is divide and concur, implemented the exact copy of the Italian colonial playbook, and we all know that. But, what I don’t understand is why we fall for that time and time again?
    Until the Oromos and the Amaras embrace together with forgiveness, tplf will stay in power, and we will suffer individually and collectively.
    Let’s be smart for the sake of a better tomorrow.

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