DECEMBER 6, 2022
Protests erupt across Oromia after latest violence in East Wollega
Addis Abeba – Protests erupted in many towns and cities, including schools and university compounds, in different places across Oromia following the weekend violence in East Wollega zone of Oromia regional state, in western Ethiopia.
The attacks on 25 and 29 of November in Kiremu and Gida Ayana districts of East Wollega Zone, which authorities of the local government and fleeing residents .
Dozens of civilians, including Damtew Kefyalew Gemeda, Kiremu District Court judge, were killed and more than 350, 000 people of the entire Kiremu district were displaced in the two days attacks on 25 and 29.
Over the weekend, several contested accounts of intensified clashes involving federal government and regional security forces on the one hand and armed groups of the Oromo Liberation Army (OLA) on the other were reported with unknown numbers of civilian causalities and mass displacement.
The extent of the causalities from the weekend violence, the exact nature of the violence and who it involved is hard to come by as regional state governments of both Oromia regions, as well as the federal government remained silent about the reported violence.
But the killings caused outrage as activists and netizens from the Oromo and Amhara national groups took to social media to express their frustrations. On Monday, students in several high schools and universities located in towns and cities across the Oromia region held protests chanting messages denouncing the repeated attacks on civilians in Wollega zone………………..