Gumii Paarlaamaa Oromoo (GPO)
Oromo Parliamentarians Council (OPC)
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The Indiscriminate Killings of
May 7, 2014
has been confirmed that the Ethiopian regime’s security forces have
indiscriminately massacred over 50 unarmed
The massacre began on 29th of April 2014 when
The regime which claims to have a Constitution that clarifies the
rights of Oromo nation when it comes to the use of land within
Finfine/Addis Ababa and its outskirts in black and white, does the
opposite when it suits its own interests. When the people of the
Oromo nation demand these rights to be respected the response of the
regime is live bullet, torture, and unlawful imprisonment.
The killing of the Oromo civilians who have demanded their
constitutionally guaranteed rights in a peaceful and nonviolent
manner is totally unacceptable and is deplorable.
The Government in its 2 May 2014 statement tried to repeat its usual
deceitful manipulation of blaming “anti-peace and anti-development
agents” for causing the death of Oromo civilians.
It is equally deplorable to always label civilians who echo
legitimate demands as anti-peace and anti-development agents to
systematically shift blames away from the regimes trigger happy
security forces. We
have witnessed the same pattern of blame game during the past 23
years against massacres of other Cushitic peoples such as Sidama,
the Ogadeni Somalis and Afar among others.
In particular, it is unsettling to learn that the regime is attempting to divert the legitimate demand of the Oromo civilians by stating that the Oromo people are planning to drive other ethnic groups out of the Oromia region. We view this as blatant diversion of the genuine demand of the people and an attempt to saw seeds of conflict among peace-loving Ethiopian peoples. We urge all nations and nationalities of Ethiopian to stand in unison to condemn the repression and the extrajudicial killings of the Oromo civilians.
While we condemn its brutal crackdown on Oromo people, we urge the
Ethiopian government to abide by the rule of law and its own
constitution when addressing the grievances of the country’s
citizens. We also urge the regime to unconditionally release all
Oromo prisoners and bring those who have massacred the civilians to
justice. We urge the international community and donors to review
their relations with the Ethiopian regime which continues to grossly
violet basic human rights. We urge Human Rights organisations and
global civic societies to condemn the inhumane acts of the regime
against the Oromo people and other oppressed peoples of the country.
Finally, we extend our deepest condolences to the families of Oromo civilians who lost their lives and the grieving Oromo nation for their losses at large. Once again USPFJ on behalf of the Sidama nation, assures the Oromo nation that the Sidama people will stand shoulder to shoulder with the Oromo people for freedom and justice.
United Sidama Parties for Freedom and Justice (USPFJ) May 7, 2014
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