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Ethiopia says Oromia protests crackdown claims are 'lies'- BBC

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oromo-protests.jpg -satenawPeople mourn the death a man who was shot dead by the Ethiopian forces the day earlier, in the Yubdo Village, about 100km from Addis Ababa in the Oromia region, on 17 December 2015Image copyrightAFP
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People in the region have long complained of marginalisation
Ethiopia has dismissed allegations it is violently suppressing protests in its restive Oromia region as an “absolute lie”.
About 200 people have been killed in the protests since November, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said.
The unrest began over government plans to expand the capital’s administrative control into the region.
The government later dropped the plan, but protesters dismissed the decision as “too little too late”.
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Oromia is Ethiopia’s largest region, surrounding the capital, Addis Ababa.
Many people in the region complain of being politically and economically marginalised in a country where the Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) coalition has ruled since 1991.
‘Thousands detained’
New York-based HRW said, in a report, that anti-government protests had decreased in the last few weeks, but the “crackdown continues”.
“Almost daily accounts of killings and arbitrary arrests have been reported to Human Rights Watch since 2016 began,” it added.
HRW said thousands of people had been detained without charge since November.
But Ethiopia’s Communications Minister, Getachew Reda, told the BBC that it was a “stroke of magic” for HRW to release a report “from half way across the world”.
He acknowledged that there had been trouble, but said attacks on public buildings were carried out by armed gangs “who are trying to stir up emotions in the public”.
Mr Getachew said that HRW has been “churning out report after report” on Ethiopia without a presence in the country, and its allegations against the security forces were an “absolute lie”.
At the last census in 2007, the Oromo made up Ethiopia’s biggest ethnic group, at about 25 million people out of a population at the time of nearly 74 million.
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  1. Getachew – You are simply a lying PIG – full of S**t!
    The Oromo quest for freedom from suppression, repression and exploitation is not a question of blood relations! You need not be a pure Oromo to oppose blatant violation of human rights. You need not be Oromo to oppose the governmnet when it targets a certain group (be it ethnic, religious or political affiliation) it sees as an enemy and a potential danger to its total control on the political, economic and miltary spheres, and unleashes wanton killings, mass imprisonment and torture.
    For the Oromo, the brutalization of the TPLF is not the first crimes perpetrated against them in the name of one Ethiopia. The current Oromo yout are the 4th generation of Oromos being harrassed and killed just for being oromo. They were not free from physical or psychological harrassment unless they deny their identity or hide it behind the veil of ethiopiawinett as you do now. The question is, Why is it impossible to keep one’s identity as Oromo (or somali, sidama, …) and be an Ethiopian by citizenship? To be a citizen of say Britain or Germany, you are not required to be british or german by blood. You have to pay allegiance to the democratic constitution of the respective country. You have to abide by the laws and regulations and respect the culture and norms of the country.
    Well, in Ethiopia, not only that democracy is absent (except in the names of the country and almost all political parties), but also a plural thinking and tolerance to the right to have a different opinion than the prevailing one. Intolerance to differing opinion comes not only from the ruling elite. It is pervasive even on the ethiopian social media.
    As an Oromo, I do not believe in DNA. The Oromo do not believe on purity of blood. Had it not been so, they would have not developed and perfected the culture of “Guddifachaa”, “Moggaasaa”, and “Luba-baasa”. “Guddifachaa” is adopting a child with full right and duty of being a child to his parents;
    “Moggaasaa” is the integration of a non-Oromo family, clan or group and grafting onto the Oromo clan system following a thorough and solemn ritual and oath of allegiance to equality, fraternity and brotherhood; the integration is freely initiated by the non-oromo group. “Luba-baasa” is the integration of the adopted group into the Gada class system. That is how the Oromo became such a great homogeneous nation. The Oromo culture is based on freedom, equality and brotherhood long before the proponents of the french revolution marched under this motto.
    The quest of the Oromo for freedom is not a blind desire for secesion but a quest for respect for their unabridged right to be free from any political and cultural oppression, and the right to determine their own fate. If that right – a true cultural, economic and political autonomy in the form of true federation – can not be respected within the bounds of Ethiopian, they uphold the right to build an independent Oromia. As far as I know, that is the principle the OLF is promoting – enable the Oromo and Oromians (including non-oromos living the true spirit of ijoollee Oromia) to freely voice what type of government and association with other nations and peoples in Ethiopia they want to have, in a referendum free of any form of pressure from any group. That is the true spirit of democracy.
    In such Oromia, you won’t be harrassed for expressing your opinion, whether you are 100% or 0% Oromo. The principles of freedom, equality and fraternity will be the spirit of governance, a politics of grass-root democracy based on Gadaa culture. It may seem too ideal, but that is my dream for all those who would live in future Oromia, and if possible in the whole of Ethiopia.
    Until then I would say:
    “Give us the fortitude to endure the things that can not be changed, and the courage to change the things which should be changed, and the wisdom to know one from the other.” Oliver J. Hart

  2. He (Getachew) is known for his lay.
    His place is for layers.
    Getachew do you think you live for ever? Do you think wayane is for ever?
    The time coming when you pay for your lay..
    Death to Wayane
    Victory for Ethiopian people
    We are all standing with Oromo people we support them.

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