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Ethiopia: Joint Statement by Four Oromo Liberation Organizations: ODF/ADO, OLF-U/ABO-T, OLF/ABO and FIO/KWO
Ethiopia: Joint Statement by Four Oromo Liberation Organizations: ODF/ADO, OLF-U/ABO-T, OLF/ABO and FIO/KWO

JOINT STATEMENT  | By Four Oromo Liberation O rganizations | Minnesota – May 1, 2016

We, the representatives of four organizations which are committed to the liberation of the Oromo people and the independence of Oromia, announce that we have concluded a meeting where we discussed issues pertaining to the Oromia-wide popular protests that have rocked the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF)-led unjust regime in Ethiopia. We deliberated on and reached an agreement for cooperation on ways of strengthening the protests and leading them to a successful conclusion, on the future of the liberation struggle, on the right to self-determination, on our relationships with the people of the Horn of Africa and of the world. To implement our agreement, we have established a Coordinating Committee.
It is clear that the Oromo protests that have now lasted more than five months were started to end the dictatorship of the TPLF, the rapacious system of exploitation and the heavy burden of oppression. Though they were triggered by the land grab scheme around the city of Finfinne (Addis Ababa), the uprising in Oromia was spurred by structural factors, primarily the lack of self-rule, the dearth of respect for human rights, denial of rights to self-determination and absence of genuine democratization.
The popular protests were peaceful and demonstrations were conducted in accordance with the Ethiopian Constitution. Instead of responding to the popular demands in a peaceful manner, the government chose to unleash its security forces against the peaceful protestors, firing live ammunition at unarmed men and women, young and old. Even children were not spared. As a result, hundreds were killed, several hundred wounded, and thousands rounded up and subjected to torture in prisons. We note these atrocities with profound sadness and anger.
The EPRDF/TPLF leaders bear primary responsibility for the wanton destruction of human life and property. It is our duty to work with all concerned parties to bring to justice those who perpetrated crimes. Meanwhile, we believe it is still necessary to search for a peaceful political solution to the entire problem that triggered the protests. In this vein, we have messages for the Oromo people, the EPRDF/TPLF, the Ethiopian people and to all countries who have strategic interests in the Horn of Africa.
To our dear Oromo compatriots,
Your struggle is just. You are not going to be defeated by the unlawful killings, false propaganda, and other injustices perpetrated against you. We are filled with pride that you have removed the structures of bad governance and replaced them with local committees of self-government that now maintain law and order. We have no doubt that you will continue moving along this path you have blazed. We believe that your blood that was shed and the bodily harm you sustained because of EPRDF/TPLF action will become the building blocks for constructing a free and democratic Oromia. The cases of each life that they cut short, the injuries they caused, and the innocents they herded into prisons must be documented fully. We express our full support for your uprising and assure you in the name of those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice that those who committed these crimes will be brought to justice. The political organizations that stand for Oromo liberation and Oromia’s independence pledge to continue our struggle while standing alongside you. The EPDRF/TPLF has not ceased from pitting you against other peoples by murdering non-Oromo residents of Oromia, destroying their property and burning down houses of worship and then blaming everything on the Oromo protesters. This will not subvert your uprising against injustice. Recall that the EPRDF/TPLF was caught while trying to plant explosives to incriminate on what it described as “agents of unknown forces.”
To EPRDF/TPLF leaders,
Just as happened with your predecessors, the rising tide of popular uprising is about to wash away your system of oppression. This is because of your refusal to address popular demands frontally. If, however, you prefer to give peaceful means of conflict resolution and dialogue a chance, Oromo liberation forces are ready to resolve the existing political problems through peaceful means. Barring this, we would like to restate that we will intensify the ongoing struggle to bring to a successful conclusion the Oromo struggle for freedom.
To the Ethiopian people,
The lawlessness and authoritarian dictatorship of the EPRDF/TPLF has now caused the Oromo people to rise up demanding genuine democracy and respect for human rights in the face of a heavily armed military force. We are aware that you are also affected by the regime’s excesses. We call on all forces who seek democratic and human rights to continue their own struggle alongside the Oromo people. Even though you have not yet openly supported the Oromo protests, perhaps terrified by fear of EPDRF/TPLF reprisals, we take this opportunity to assure you that the huge sacrifice that the Oromo are paying is aimed at ensuring respect for human rights, democracy, and the right to self-determination of all oppressed peoples.
To all forces with strategic interests in the Horn of Africa,
The incumbent regime is blindly marching toward darkness. Only a peaceful resolution of the conflict will be able to obviate the looming catastrophe. We urge you to encourage the EPRDF/TPLF, urgently to seek a peaceful resolution of the conflict and begin dialogue with the genuine representatives of the Oromo people in the country and out of the country. If this is not done, we predict that that the chaos in Oromia will engulf the rest of Ethiopia and will spread to the neighboring countries.
The four Oromo liberation organizations:
– Oromo Liberation Front
– Oromo Liberation Front, “United”[1]
– Oromo Democratic Front
– Front for Independence of Oromia
[1] Media-imputed

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27 Comments

  1. Wow!my mom will be liberated from Ethiopia! So I need a visa to visit her. Dum head Islamic oromo ‘elite’ what kind of kchat you eat? It must be planted Minnesota. I am not EPRDF supporter, the party applied ethincs based federation to rule the country with the safe mood, unfortunately it back fired the ruling party. The good thing is still the ruling party have time to fix the problems in the country by implementing inclusive government, and avoiding ethinc federation in the country. God Bless Ethiopia! Jesus is Lord and coming soon!

  2. Wow!my mom will be liberated from Ethiopia! So I need a visa to visit her. Dum head Islamic oromo ‘elite’ what kind of kchat you eat? It must be planted Minnesota. I am not EPRDF supporter, the party applied ethincs based federation to rule the country with the safe mood, unfortunately it back fired the ruling party. The good thing is still the ruling party have time to fix the problems in the country by implementing inclusive government, and avoiding ethinc federation in the country. God Bless Ethiopia! Jesus is Lord and coming soon!

  3. Very good move. Now listen to Lencho Lata, Dr. Beyan because they have been in the struggle for many years in good and in bad so they know how to move forward.
    Hope Dr. Getachew and his friends will understand and cooperate if not wave tsunami is on the way.
    Ginbot 7 failed to take advantage and move advance with the Oromo demonstration, Welkait and others. Taking into consideration Saudi Arabia and UAE taking over Assab Port for military purpose; Ginbot 7 is useless.
    Our hope is now with The four Oromo liberation organizations: – Oromo Liberation Front – Oromo Liberation Front, “United”[1] – Oromo Democratic Front – Front for Independence of Oromia.

  4. Very good move. Now listen to Lencho Lata, Dr. Beyan because they have been in the struggle for many years in good and in bad so they know how to move forward.
    Hope Dr. Getachew and his friends will understand and cooperate if not wave tsunami is on the way.
    Ginbot 7 failed to take advantage and move advance with the Oromo demonstration, Welkait and others. Taking into consideration Saudi Arabia and UAE taking over Assab Port for military purpose; Ginbot 7 is useless.
    Our hope is now with The four Oromo liberation organizations: – Oromo Liberation Front – Oromo Liberation Front, “United”[1] – Oromo Democratic Front – Front for Independence of Oromia.

  5. The Unity of Oromo political parties is valuable for all. United Oromo adds strength to the struggle. If Oromo political groups become successful in creating unity they can use this experience to create any form of collaboration with others. Also other political groups can learn how to create unity and collaboration. It is a step forward! Bravo Oromo political groups!

  6. The Unity of Oromo political parties is valuable for all. United Oromo adds strength to the struggle. If Oromo political groups become successful in creating unity they can use this experience to create any form of collaboration with others. Also other political groups can learn how to create unity and collaboration. It is a step forward! Bravo Oromo political groups!

  7. What a surprise? Didn’t some of thses leaders – just a couple of weeks ago in ESAT/Vision Ethiopia/Eritrea conference – say that they have changed their self-determination crap and fight for democracy in Ethiopia? Now they are flexing muscles from independent Oromia from North America without having any control on what is going on in Oromia. Exiled organizations such as the ones we see here have no role in what’s going on in the country let alone lead; they simply caome after a popular event and pretend as if they are part of it. The worst thing about them is, as had been seen several times in history in Africa, they brace themselves to hijack peoples’ grievances from a distance and get ready to reap the fruit from peoples’ struggle if it ends up in something. These guys are not leading anything at all; they are not even good followers.

  8. What a surprise? Didn’t some of thses leaders – just a couple of weeks ago in ESAT/Vision Ethiopia/Eritrea conference – say that they have changed their self-determination crap and fight for democracy in Ethiopia? Now they are flexing muscles from independent Oromia from North America without having any control on what is going on in Oromia. Exiled organizations such as the ones we see here have no role in what’s going on in the country let alone lead; they simply caome after a popular event and pretend as if they are part of it. The worst thing about them is, as had been seen several times in history in Africa, they brace themselves to hijack peoples’ grievances from a distance and get ready to reap the fruit from peoples’ struggle if it ends up in something. These guys are not leading anything at all; they are not even good followers.

  9. You are still Liberation front seeking a power. We have been ruled by liberation frons for 25 years, a sitting TPLF and EPRDF. This is an old strategy a means for individuals to come to power. The suffering of Oromos are not different from the rest of Ethiopians. Every Ethiopian suffered equally under all the past and present regimes. You the so called Oromo Liberation frons stop using our names, and stop dividing us. We will Oromos should unite with the whole Ethiopian people, to bring peace and democracy. Only true democratic system can bring equality and justify. We Oromos must fight back the so called liberation fronts such as OLF.OLF using our names to benefit its elites while many of our children are killed, their children gets better education. While we are starved they party at the best hotels. Before we stop TPLF, we must stop OLF that is bringing misery to our people and made us to dislike our Ethiopian Brothers and sisters.

  10. You are still Liberation front seeking a power. We have been ruled by liberation frons for 25 years, a sitting TPLF and EPRDF. This is an old strategy a means for individuals to come to power. The suffering of Oromos are not different from the rest of Ethiopians. Every Ethiopian suffered equally under all the past and present regimes. You the so called Oromo Liberation frons stop using our names, and stop dividing us. We will Oromos should unite with the whole Ethiopian people, to bring peace and democracy. Only true democratic system can bring equality and justify. We Oromos must fight back the so called liberation fronts such as OLF.OLF using our names to benefit its elites while many of our children are killed, their children gets better education. While we are starved they party at the best hotels. Before we stop TPLF, we must stop OLF that is bringing misery to our people and made us to dislike our Ethiopian Brothers and sisters.

  11. First you have to tear down the barrier with other nations. No one will be with you if you are planning to break away from mother Ethiopia. We can built great Ethiopia where all nations and nationalities live in harmony and peace. I can bet you won’t get support from Oromia people if you are planning to cede.

  12. First you have to tear down the barrier with other nations. No one will be with you if you are planning to break away from mother Ethiopia. We can built great Ethiopia where all nations and nationalities live in harmony and peace. I can bet you won’t get support from Oromia people if you are planning to cede.

  13. I think OLF should evolve politically! There has never been an Oromo country/state. For sure there was/is a well established Oromo cultural identity. The story of colonization by Ethiopia/Abyssinia is myth rather ruthless. There are so many Ethiopian ethnic based cultural identities. Does that mean that Ethiopia/Abyssinia had/has colonized so many countries? That is neither factually nor politically correct.
    OLF had followed TPLF’s fiction stories and genocide scheme against the Amharas. Have you gained anything good as human being? You rather need to remorse that.
    First of all, OLF should fully recognize that also the Oromos are Ethiopians. Secondly OLF should reformulate its political problems and agenda.
    Otherwise:
    1. it will be the next agent to be used by the enemies of Ethiopia/Ethiopians. In this case Egypt, the other Arabs and the Western neocolonialists.
    2. whereby causing another round of misery and death to the Oromo and other Ethiopians.
    Dear brothers/sisters, please come to your human senses and work along other Ethiopians for a real democratic Ethiopia and better life of all Ethiopians?!

  14. I think OLF should evolve politically! There has never been an Oromo country/state. For sure there was/is a well established Oromo cultural identity. The story of colonization by Ethiopia/Abyssinia is myth rather ruthless. There are so many Ethiopian ethnic based cultural identities. Does that mean that Ethiopia/Abyssinia had/has colonized so many countries? That is neither factually nor politically correct.
    OLF had followed TPLF’s fiction stories and genocide scheme against the Amharas. Have you gained anything good as human being? You rather need to remorse that.
    First of all, OLF should fully recognize that also the Oromos are Ethiopians. Secondly OLF should reformulate its political problems and agenda.
    Otherwise:
    1. it will be the next agent to be used by the enemies of Ethiopia/Ethiopians. In this case Egypt, the other Arabs and the Western neocolonialists.
    2. whereby causing another round of misery and death to the Oromo and other Ethiopians.
    Dear brothers/sisters, please come to your human senses and work along other Ethiopians for a real democratic Ethiopia and better life of all Ethiopians?!

  15. You know what these guys seem to have an amnesia. They are still talking about self-determination and independence. Independence from whom? From Oromo people? Ethiopia is Oromo, Amhara, Tigre and the like. Don’t they know Oromos were rulers and kingmakers during the Gonderian state in 17th century? These so-called Oromo elites in Minnesota need to cleanse themselves of the tribal disease and reevaluate their stand on myths and re-making of history in Ethiopia. You will never get any where if independence or separation is what you preach because the Oromo Ethiopians would not allow it. Get real, you morons.

  16. ALL of you who vent your anger with Oromo leaders, come to your sense before you talk about unity. It is crystal clear that the new generation does not accept Habasha rule and your myth. The only way you save your Ethiopia is by accepting the an unalienable right of Oromos to decide their fate.If you continue the old way the end result would be the decolonization of Oromia.

    • I am Oromo like you but you are very shallow and not know who Oromo is. Or probably- you are a shabia or an Egypt agent

  17. A garbage move and sellouts resolution. The real history, and the already poured down bloods of innocent Oromos presents no shame for you if you fill your baggage stomachs by betraying the genuine causes of the Oromo people. we had been at odds with you and all your kinds for centuries. The Ethiopian debtras starting from the occupation of Oromia had been purchasing you the sellouts for a century, decades and beyond. At every corner when ever our Nation refuses the Ethiopian colonization at Balle, Arsii, and all the Oromo vicinity, your kinds stood with the core enemies of Oromoo people.
    Even today at this very age, the so called newly erected colonial Ethiopia dictators of TPLF, not only do perpetuate server criminal acts of genocide against the people of Oromia but the so called “New Vision Ethiopians” not only continued without any condemnations/denunciations of the past criminal deeds of their ancestresses, but polished with deceptive democracy slogans so as to serve only as the trade mark, but in actuality epitomizing the genocides committed by Adolf Hitler, while camouflaging Mussolini’s mission. These are the facts why the authentic Oromo people says NO to the colonial Ethiopian unity. In case you want to know the more reason, please be my guest and ask any Oromo Nation’s Qubee generation. I do not think we have much to discuss, yes the Qubee generation is here, and we the elders only reminds them the past inhumane acts perpetuated on the Oromo people in the name od Ethiopian Unity, and urge them to take the torch to the final line of Oromo victory. And believe me it will be done. Assalaam aleikum.

  18. A garbage move and sellouts’ resolution. The real history, and the already poured down bloods of the innocent Oromos presents no shame for you if you fill your baggage stomachs by betraying the genuine causes of the Oromo people. we had been at odds with you and all your kinds for centuries. The Ethiopian debtras starting from the occupation of Oromia had been purchasing you the sellouts for a century, decades and beyond. At every corner when ever our Nation refuses the Ethiopian colonization at Balle, Arsii, and all the Oromo vicinity, your kinds stood with the core enemies of Oromoo people.
    Even today at this very age, the so called newly erected colonial Ethiopia dictators of TPLF, not only do perpetuate server criminal acts of genocide against the people of Oromia but the so called “New Vision Ethiopians” not only continued without any condemnations/denunciations of the past criminal deeds of their ancestresses, but polished with deceptive democracy slogans so as to serve only as the trade mark, but in actuality epitomizing the genocides committed by Adolf Hitler, while camouflaging Mussolini’s mission. These are the facts why the authentic Oromo people says NO to the colonial Ethiopian unity. In case you want to know the more reason, please be my guest and ask any Oromo Nation’s Qubee generation. I do not think we have much to discuss, yes the Qubee generation is here, and we the elders only reminds them the past inhumane acts perpetuated on the Oromo people in the name od Ethiopian Unity, and urge them to take the torch to the final line of Oromo Nation’s victory. And believe me it will be done. Assalaam aleikum

  19. Oromos live with the rest of Ethiopians. Those mafias we attempt and talk about self determination- is just out of their personal anger and hatred. We Oromos will fight you to the last blood. We know for sure you are waging wars on Oromo people from all corner. Where is your boarder with Ogaden- the first group who will give unendless war on Oromos to the exten that Somalis from Somali will wage war on Oromos. Afar on the other side-will give unendless battle to Oromos for there is not clear Boundary with oromia (see Eretria en Ethiopia in the north-still at battle front-will never have solution. Amharas- on the other hand will give you unendless headache because oromia has no clear boundaries. Southern part of Ethiopia- too. Indeed the greatest war is within Oromia, by The Islams who will undoutely go for Islamic Oromia state, assisted by Arabs. This is what Egypt is looking forward to see. Indeed, you are not Oromo leaders- no one knows you. OPDO is far better than you. YOu just work out of your hanger for power and out of hatred and anger. You have no vision to oromo people and Ethiopians in general. All we need as Oromos is rule of law, anti-corrupt leaders, who work for the commons of all Ethiopians; who bring lasting solution to the people of all living in Ethiopia by working har to deactivate our chronic enemy-which is poverty, environmental degradation, corruption and inequality. Justice must prevail. Indeed, Most of you who proclaim to be Oromo war fronts have criminal and genocide record by ICC. You killed Oromos and the rest of Ethiopia. Sooner- You will be charged (you will see).
    We are working hard to increase awareness among Oromos which we are very successful. May God Bless all people in the land of Ethiopia.

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