The US Embassy in Addis Ababa should be ashamed of this ridiculous and meaningless statement that serves no purpose at all other than appeasing the regime that is killing its people. It is amazing to see the length they went into crafting the wording of the statement and their attempt not to antagonize the regime that has deployed its army and kills unarmed people and mass incarcerating them. Look at the phrase ” We have noted reports that protestors and security officials have been injured or killed ….” . This is a shameful attempt to create equivalence between the death and injury of a government army and unarmed protestors who may have thrown stones at them. I did not even understand why the Embassy has to comment on whether the demonstrations were authorized or not. It looks like they want to make the tyrants happy.
The right thing to do would have been to condemn the killings and demand that the government stop killing unarmed and peacefully demonstrating citizens in Oromo and Amhara areas. I almost vomited when reading it. Disgusting!
Statement by the U.S. Embassy
Addis Ababa, August 8, 2016: The U.S. Embassy is deeply concerned with the extensive violence that occurred during protests across Ethiopia this weekend in the Oromia and Amhara regions. We have noted reports that protestors and security officials have been injured or killed, although confirmed numbers are not available.
The U.S. Embassy expresses its deep condolences to those who suffered as a result of the violence and regrets the damage to livelihoods, economic development, and the social fabric that such violence brings. We recognize that many of the demonstrations took place without authorization, and urge all parties to support those who are seeking constructive dialog and peaceful solutions. We reaffirm our call to respect the constitutionally enshrined rights of all citizens, including those with opposition views, to gather peacefully, and to express their opinions.