Ethiopia’s Oromo protests: PM Hailemariam Desalegn apologises

Ethiopia’s prime minster has apologised for the death and destruction caused by protests in the Oromia region.

But Hailemariam Desalegn, addressing parliament in the capital, Addis Ababa, said “anti-peace forces” were responsible for the violence.
He said that the government needs to listen to the grievances of the people.
Oromia has been hit by months of unrest, in which 200 people have reportedly died – a number disputed by the government.
The protests began over government plans to expand the capital’s administrative control into the Oromia region, which have since been dropped.

  • Oromia is Ethiopia’s largest region, surrounding the capital, Addis Ababa
  • Oromo are Ethiopia’s biggest ethnic group – making up about a third of Ethiopia’s 95 million people
  • The Oromo Federalist Congress (OFC) is Oromia’s largest legally registered political party, but holds no seats in parliament

The government later dropped the plan, but protesters dismissed the decision as “too little too late”.
Oromia is Ethiopia’s largest region and the Oromo people, who make up a third of Ethiopia’s population, have complained of historic economic and political marginalisation.
Mr Hailemariam told parliament that “anti-peace forces… in a bid to divert the people’s legitimate questions… have inflicted losses on human lives and government and private property”.
But according to messages on the ministry of foreign affairs Twitter feed, the prime minster admitted the problems in Oromia “are direct results of unresponsiveness and unemployment”.
He added that the government recognises the need to address grievances and said it “unreservedly apologises to our people for what happened”.
However, the government “will intensify their decisive actions against the anti-peace forces,” he said.

Read Aloud:   ESAT Radio Mon, June 23 2014

Source: BBC
 

5 Comments

  1. The prime minister’s stance is that of the hyena’s excuse for the donkey he ate! Embi lale sew tyit aguresew was to be blamed when others did it as his former boss commented it on public television time and again. It is easy to blame others till one is tested by the same challenge he accused others. His government has proved being weaker than all his predecessors in handling the Oromo’s uprising to provide just and democratic solution after all these 25 years of democratic cultural revolution led by the democratic revolutionary front . The two opposing components of the nature of the front are the main obstacle of its own action which is seemingly democratic in words, but still revolutionary in practice. The front has faked and disguised it’s true nature even for those vulnerable and gullible so called Christians like the current PM supporting it blindly. Time and again, it failed every one, even its allies western donor governments in the face of every minor challenge though they tried hard to paint it any kind of democratic color .If the west really wanted a sustainable peace and security in the horn area, they need to look for other options before it is too late to handle this volatile and very fragile case master minded by the most self centered, narrow minded, heartless, shrewd and malicious leader Ethiopia had ever in its historical development that threatened it’s very existence as a nation of millions of people. God save Ethiopia to be home of unity with equality for all its citizens .

  2. Sorry Zehabesha. Hailemariam did not apologize. He only admitted mistakes and that his government will take responsibility for what happened [not only in Oromiya but everywhere]. He went on to accuse “some groups” for the deaths and disturbances. Please watch his speech in Parliament and also information Ethiopian gov sent to VOA.

  3. Generation communism,
    You know, learn to accept what is always right to do and possible to do, build on that for more. I don’t think most of you forget the luxury you had and the misery you passed for the rest.
    Face it, it is always survival in Ethiopian politics.
    You all turned monsters when you had the opportunity.
    You all thought vicious, preached the viscous, lived viscous, dying viscous.
    Ethiopia has to wait till you clear off face of earth, unfortunately.

  4. Let me say this:
    ይህን ለማለት ፈልጌ ነው::
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    Does Ethiopia have a chance to settle differences through/on the table?
    ኢትዮፕያ እውነት በጠረፔዛ ዙርያ ልዩነቶችን ማርገብ ውይም ማስውገድ ወይም ማጥበብ ትችላለች?
    Are Amara and Oromo and others able to come to the table leaving our past hatred but acknowledging it?
    አማራም ሆነ ኦሮሞ እና ሌሎችም ብሄርችና ብሄረሰቦች አንድ ላይ ጠረፔዛ ዙርያ መምጣት ይችላሉ- ያልስፈውን ግፍ ይቅር ብለን ሆኖም ግን ግፉን ሳንረሳ(ትምህርት ወስደን)?
    Can we come to the table rejecting the one religion and one ethnic policy?
    ጠረፔዛ ዙርያስ እንዴት ነው የምንመጣው ያለፈውን አንድ ሃይማኖት አንድ ብሄር የሚለውን በመቃወም?
    Can we agree to change our flag or our national language?
    ባንደራችንስ ለመቀየር ወይም ብሄራዊ ቁዋንቁዋችንስ ለመቀየር መስማማት እንችላለን?
    Can we have two languages as in Canada?
    እንድ ካናዳ ወይም ስዊዘርላንድ አንድ በላይ ቁዋንቁዋ ማድረግስ እንችላለን?
    It is a good start as Prime Minister Hailemariam has acknowledge or has shown responsibility for all the chaos in what has transpired in Oromia region, but he never took responsibility for arresting Muslims during Muslim protests because they were too peaceful, ironically!. This kind of bias must stop. I am saying this for the sake of the people of Ethiopia who love each other but who lack good leaders.
    “እንደሚታወቀው ጠቅላይ ሚንስትር ሃይለማርያም ጥፋቱን መቀበሉ መልካም ጅምር ነው ባይ ነኝ:: ግን ይህ ቅውስ በሙስሉሞች ቢሆን ምን እንድሚል አላውቅም:: ምክኒያቱም ሙስሊሞቹ እስካሁን አንድም ነገር ጥፋት ሳያደርሱ ጥፋተኛ ነን ይቅርታ በሉ ወይም ደሞ እስር ትገባላችሁ ማለት ሁሉን አቀፍ የሆነ አገራዊ መሪን አያመለክትም ስልጣኔም አይሆንም::”
    It is good to hear this, instead of just rejecting the regime as “Waayane is bad”, we should instead demand change within Wayane for democracy and partner with those good Wayanes if there are any, I believe so. It should not be a zero sum game where there are no winners.
    “እንድሚታውቀው ተቃዋሚ ነን የምንለው, ወያኔ መጥፎ አገዛዝ ነው ከምንል በወያኔ ውስጥ ለውጥ እንዲመጣ ከአንዳንድ ጥሩ አስተሳሰብ ካላቸው ወያኔወች ጋ መስራት መጀመር አለብን:: ሃይለማርያም ምሳሌ ለመሆን እየሞከረ ይመስላኛል::”
    If we do not do this, we will have another cycle of dictatorship!!
    is this what Amara want?
    Is this what Tigre want?
    is this what Gurage want?
    is this what Somali want?
    is this what Afar want?
    “ይህን ማድረግ ካልቻልን ግን እንደገና ለሌላ አምባ ገነን መንግስት መዘጋጀት አለብን::
    አማራ ይህን ይፈልጋል?
    ትግሬ ይህን ይፈልጋል?
    ጉራጌስ ይህን ይፈልጋል?
    አሮምስ ይህን ይፈልጋል?
    ይህንስ ሶማሊ ይፈልጋል?
    ይህንስ አፋር ይፈልጋል”
    I mean let us have a referundum on whether we want to live or be separate from each other. I am not happy that our people have to endure such torture and humiliation in the 21st century.
    “ለማለት የፈለኩት ሪፈረንደም (የራስን እድል መወሰን) ልናደርግ ይገባል አብረን መኖር ካልሆነም መለያየት:: እውነት በ 21ኛው ም እት አመት የኛ ህዝብ እንዲህ ስቅይና መከራ እና ወርደት ማየት አያስደስተኝም::”
    But before we do referundum, we need a grace period of 5 years. During this time, all political parties are going to campaign on major fracturing issues:
    “ግን ይህን ከማረጋችን በፊት, የ አምስት አመት የማሰቢይና የውይይት ግዜ እናድርግ:: በዚህም ጉዳይ ላይ ሁሉም ፖለቲካ ድርጅቶች ያላቸውን አስተሳሰብ ለማላው ኢትዮያኖች በ ተሌቭዥን ማስረዳት በቂ ግዜ ይኖራቸዋል::”
    In this process, the political parties will basically be of three types:
    “በዚህ ሂደት, ሶስት አይነት የፖለቲካ አስተሳሰቦች ይስታናገዳሉ ያለምንም ገደብ::”:
    1. Old style one language, one religion one country. Mostly, this includes Amara and other who are pro-Amara dominance. I predict this is unlikely to win in a democracy. G7 may be another alternative with far less opposition. Here there are various options to ponder such as allowing more than one national language, or allowing Sharia law in some regions, etc..
    “የድሮው አይንት ይሁን ባዮች, አንድ ሃይማኖት አንድ አገር የሚሉት:: በአብዝሃኙ አማራና አንዳንድ ደጋፊውቻቸው የአማራ መራሽ ወይም አማራ ባህል አድናቂውችን ያጠቃልላል:: ግን ይህ አስተሳስብ ወድቅ ይሆናል ብየ እተነብያለሁ:: ሆኖም የተለየ አስተሳሰብ እንደ ግንቦት ሰባት አማራጭ ተቀባይነት ይኖረዋል:: ብዙ አስተሳሰቦችን ማስተናግድ ይቻላል:: ለምሳሌ እንድ ሸርያ ያሉ የሃይማኖት ጥያቄውች ወይ በዲሞክራሲ ወይም በክልል መልክ መልስ ሊሰጥበት ይችላል:: የዘርንም ጥያቄ እንደዛው::”
    2. Complete secession based on article 39.
    This means we need to allow or invite those who want to come to Ethiopia including: OLF, ONLF, MORESH, ALF, etc.
    “ለመገንጠል በአንቅጽ 39 መሰረት በማድረግ :: ይህ ማለት ሁሉም እንገንጠል የሚሉ እንደ ኦሮሞ, ሶማሊ, ሞረሽ, አፋር እና ትግሬ እድል አላቸው::”
    3. Federation or Confederation of five to six states based on language or religion. Tentatively this includes: Afar, Somali, Tigre, Amara, Oromo, Southern ethnics. EPDRF may be a big leader here. We can give a good working example here the case of Canada or Switzerland.
    “ሌላው በፌደሬሽን ወይም ኮንፌደሬሽን ወደ ስድስት የሚጠጉ ክልሎች በቁዋንቁዋ ወይም ሃይማኖት መሰረት በማድረግ:: ለምሳሌ: አፋር, ሶማሌ, ትግሬ, አማራ, ኦሮሞ, ደቡብ ብሄሮች, ሌላም:: ካናዳ እና ስዊዘርላንድ እዚህ ጥሩ አማራጭ ናቸው:: ኢሃዴግ ጥሩ መሪ ድርጅት ሊሆን ይችላል:: ግን እሱ ብቻ መሆኑ ላያስታርቅ ይችላል:: ሌሎች ሊሰሩት ይችላሉ::”
    Well, We should be ready to give viable alternatives before we even think about any thing that unites the people.
    “እንደኔ, ሁሉንም አማራጮች ክፍት ካላደረግን አንድነት ይመጣል ማለት ዘበት ነው::”
    My prediction is the option listed under category 3 would be acceptable.
    “የኔ ትንቢት የመጨረሻው ምርጫ ተቀባይነት ሊኖረው ይችላል:: ወይም እንደ ግንቦት ሰባት አይነቶች ተፎካካሪ ይሆናሉ:: እኔ ይህን ሃሳብ ይሆናል ብየ ነው ያቀረብኩት? ትልቅ መስዋትነት እንክፈል ለማለት ፈለጌ ነው::”
    N.B. The above English only form has already been published on nazret.com

  5. What a missunderstanding! Which Amara had ever said one religion, one language? The Amharas have different religion, Islam, orthodox, Protestant . Amharas never said no other language except Amharic. Even Minilik had never had such policy of folktales as his accusers blamed him in the unification process of his time. He used Amharic for government affairs as a working language like his predicessors which was an essential and entegral part of the functionality of his governance to facilitate communication among different language groups. No decree or proclamation had been issued to deny people’s birth right not to speak with their mother tongue to use it in their social, cultural or day to day living aspects at that particular socio political reality. Amharic had its own social and historical reality to become working language in serving and facilitating its main purpose as a means of communication for all the different nations and tribes. What harm this language did for the none native speakers of southern people to use it as a working language currently? My purpose is not to discuss about language in here. But, expose the lie and baseless rhetoric fabricated to blame the Amharas labeled by( Mendertegnoch)whose narrow and shallow mindset didn’t pass from their village hills and rivers. The efforts and contributions of the Amharas in the unification and integration of the nation with assimilation in every corner of the country was a symbol of peaceful coexistence as it is witnessed in this trial period of 25 years of uncertainty and insecurity felt by every one out of their encampment of Bantustanized village. Time is proving it and it will prove it more as time goes on Amhara accusers and haters will regret for all their lies and blames as their friends turned out their worst enemies as proved in the last three months of the Oromo’ uprising. Let the hyenas bite each other till the lion wakes up from his sleep to save the wounded donkey of the poor farmer.

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