By Keffyalew Gebremedhin, The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)
PEACEFUL OROMO PROTESTS IN ADDIS ABEBA IN PICTURES
Slogans are heard in Orominga, Amharic and English. Some of the words emphasized unity of and solidarity between Oromos and Amharas. There were repeated demands for freedom and justice; freedom for Ethiopian political prisoners; “አማራ የኛ ነው!” የጎንደር ወንድሞቻችን አይገደሉ!””ወያኔ ይውደም!” “ድምጻችን ይሰማ!” etc.
During the preparatory phase for the rally, yesterday we also saw from the social media a slogan which read: “ቤታችንን ከሚያፈርስ ወያኔ ይፍረስ”. This is a very timely and appropriate political response of Addis Abebans to the crimes the TPLF bosses have committed to enrich themselves through home demolitions and land grab. Its literal translation is: Let Woyane be demolished, instead of our homes!”
In its deceptiveness, the TPLF regime released its usual lulling news that indicated it is to set up a body that would oversee the resettlement of those people whose homes have been destroyed and left in the streets. It has been doing this for nearly the greater part of the last decade. While the TPLF people got richer this time with the lands they seized from helpless Addis Abeba residents, it is not clear how it is going to compensate the victims of such disenfranchisement of citizens, a terrible crime under the nation’s laws and also international human rights laws, which Ethiopia has signed and verified!
OROMO PROTESTS IN SHASHEMENE
OROMO PROTESTS IN GIMBI, WOLLEGA
OROMO PROTESTS IN ARSI
OROMO PROTESTS IN HARAR
OROMO PROTESTS IN SW SHEWA
These are not the only places where protests have taken place. These protests have sent strong message to the TPLF murderers that the patience of Ethiopians has been exhausted. The people want a government they participate, in place of the current mafia ethnic minority administration that is corrupt, nepotist and lawless. Ethiopians want the TPLF to melt out of their midst like mist and disappear from the political scene for good!
That is the spirit of the protest!