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Joint Statement by Four Oromo Liberation Organizations: ODF/ADO, OLF-U/ABO-T, OLF/ABO and FIO/KWO

Posted: Caamsaa/May 9, 2016 · Finfinne Tribune | Gadaa.com | Comments (10)



by four Oromo liberation organizations

May 1, 2016

We, the representatives of four organizations which are committed to the liberation of the Oromo people and the independence of Oromia, announce that we have concluded a meeting where we discussed issues pertaining to the Oromia-wide popular protests that have rocked the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF)-led unjust regime in Ethiopia. We deliberated on and reached an agreement for cooperation on ways of strengthening the protests and leading them to a successful conclusion, on the future of the liberation struggle, on the right to self-determination, on our relationships with the people of the Horn of Africa and of the world. To implement our agreement, we have established a Coordinating Committee.

It is clear that the Oromo protests that have now lasted more than five months were started to end the dictatorship of the TPLF, the rapacious system of exploitation and the heavy burden of oppression. Though they were triggered by the land grab scheme around the city of Finfinne (Addis Ababa), the uprising in Oromia was spurred by structural factors, primarily the lack of self-rule, the dearth of respect for human rights, denial of rights to self-determination and absence of genuine democratization.

The popular protests were peaceful and demonstrations were conducted in accordance with the Ethiopian Constitution. Instead of responding to the popular demands in a peaceful manner, the government chose to unleash its security forces against the peaceful protestors, firing live ammunition at unarmed men and women, young and old. Even children were not spared. As a result, hundreds were killed, several hundred wounded, and thousands rounded up and subjected to torture in prisons. We note these atrocities with profound sadness and anger.

The EPRDF/TPLF leaders bear primary responsibility for the wanton destruction of human life and property. It is our duty to work with all concerned parties to bring to justice those who perpetrated crimes. Meanwhile, we believe it is still necessary to search for a peaceful political solution to the entire problem that triggered the protests. In this vein, we have messages for the Oromo people, the EPRDF/TPLF, the Ethiopian people and to all countries which have strategic interests in the Horn of Africa.

To our dear Oromo compatriots,

Your struggle is just. You are not going to be defeated by the unlawful killings, false propaganda, and other injustices perpetrated against you. We are filled with pride that you have removed the structures of bad governance and replaced them with local committees of self-government that now maintain law and order. We have no doubt that you will continue moving along this path you have blazed. We believe that your blood that was shed and the bodily harm you sustained because of EPRDF/TPLF action will become the building blocks for constructing a free and democratic Oromia. The cases of each life that they cut short, the injuries they caused, and the innocents they herded into prisons must be documented fully. We express our full support for your uprising and assure you in the name of those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice that those who committed these crimes will be brought to justice. The political organizations that stand for Oromo liberation and Oromia’s independence pledge to continue our struggle while standing alongside you. The EPDRF/TPLF has not ceased from pitting you against other peoples by murdering non-Oromo residents of Oromia, destroying their property and burning down houses of worship and then blaming everything on the Oromo protesters. This will not subvert your uprising against injustice. Recall that the EPRDF/TPLF was caught while trying to plant explosives to incriminate on what it described as “agents of unknown forces.”

To EPRDF/TPLF leaders,

Just as happened with your predecessors, the rising tide of popular uprising is about to wash away your system of oppression. This is because of your refusal to address popular demands frontally. If, however, you prefer to give peaceful means of conflict resolution and dialogue a chance, Oromo liberation forces are ready to resolve the existing political problems through peaceful means. Barring this, we would like to restate that we will intensify the ongoing struggle to bring to a successful conclusion the Oromo struggle for freedom.

To the Ethiopian people,

The lawlessness and authoritarian dictatorship of the EPRDF/TPLF has now caused the Oromo people to rise up demanding genuine democracy and respect for human rights in the face of a heavily armed military force. We are aware that you are also affected by the regime’s excesses. We call on all forces which seek democratic and human rights to continue their own struggle alongside the Oromo people. Even though you have not yet openly supported the Oromo protests, perhaps terrified by fear of EPDRF/TPLF reprisals, we take this opportunity to assure you that the huge sacrifice that the Oromo are paying is aimed at ensuring respect for human rights, democracy, and the right to self-determination of all oppressed peoples.

To all forces with strategic interests in the Horn of Africa,

The incumbent regime is blindly marching toward darkness. Only a peaceful resolution of the conflict will be able to obviate the looming catastrophe. We urge you to encourage the EPRDF/TPLF, urgently to seek a peaceful resolution of the conflict and begin dialogue with the genuine representatives of the Oromo people in the country and out of the country. If this is not done, we predict that that the chaos in Oromia will engulf the rest of Ethiopia and will spread to the neighboring countries.

The four Oromo liberation organizations:

– Oromo Liberation Front
– Oromo Liberation Front, “United”[1]
– Oromo Democratic Front
– Front for Independence of Oromia

[1] Media-imputed


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Comments ...

  1. Fayera Gadisa Reply

    May 10, 2016 at 3:01 pm

    yes we can Unity is strength

  2. Gubena Jobir Reply

    May 11, 2016 at 12:54 pm

    You look like some who didn’t
    understand the difintion of
    unity.If it is one like you
    say the word unity is not
    applicable.Unity is in demand
    when there is diversity.They
    have the same goal but different ways of reaching
    their goals.unity is power &
    unity is strength to kneel down the enemy.

  3. debela Reply

    May 11, 2016 at 2:09 pm

    we are pleased to hear that you have formed unity. you are now no more qiracis, you are all the children of Oromo. only combined effort can avert woyane’s status quo. absolutely it is good news for Oromo people and others who aspire to see free and democratic oromia.

  4. Obsaa Taasisaa Reply

    May 11, 2016 at 7:58 pm

    Tokkummaan kun baay’ee nu gammachiise. Karaa hundaa kan boodatti nu harkise tokkummaa dhabuu keenya waan taheef amma illee cimee itti fufuu qaba.

  5. Waralataa Reply

    May 12, 2016 at 9:31 pm

    Empty empty.Are 4of you the only organization? what about the remaining fragments of you?Phony unity only .

  6. yaadasaa Reply

    May 13, 2016 at 1:12 am

    A garbage move and sellouts’ resolution. The real history, and the already poured down bloods of the innocent Oromos presents no shame for you if you fill your baggage stomachs by betraying the genuine causes of the Oromo people. Yes, we had been at odds with you and all your kinds for centuries. The Ethiopian debtras starting from the occupation of Oromia had been purchasing you the sellouts for a century, decades and beyond. At every corner when ever our Nation refuses the Ethiopian colonization at Balle, Arsii, and all the Oromo vicinity, your kinds stood with the core enemies of Oromoo people. Here, I am not opposed to the symbolic Unity, but I disgusted by the reasons behind your fake resolutions. It is not to serve in the best interest of the Oromoo nation, but to the contrary. NB: I can reveal if I have to. But remember that nothing, and no body can compel me unless I can live with my self by doping so in public.

    Even today at this very age, the so called newly erected colonial Ethiopia dictators of TPLF, not only do perpetuate server criminal acts of genocide against the people of Oromia but the so called “New Vision Ethiopians” not only continued without any condemnations/denunciations of the past criminal deeds of their ancestors, but polished with deceptive democracy slogans so as to serve only as the trade mark, but in actuality epitomizing the genocides committed by Adolf Hitler, while camouflaging Mussolini’s mission. These are the facts why the authentic Oromo people says NO to the colonial Ethiopian unity. In case you want to know the more reason, please be my guest and ask any Oromo Nation’s Qubee generation. I do not think we have much to discuss, yes the Qubee generation is here, and we the elders only reminds them the past inhumane acts perpetuated on the Oromo people in the name od Ethiopian Unity, and urge them to take the torch to the final line of Oromo Nation’s victory. And believe me it will be done. Assalaam aleikum.

  7. Muxurree Gondol Reply

    May 15, 2016 at 10:49 pm

    Oromo people may use different paths but all travelling the same journey; holding on to the ideals that are important to all of them. Unity of purpose also means the ability to identify, negotiate and resolve differences. The so-called Oromo Liberration Organizatons are demonished by lack of these qualities, hence our lasting problems.

    It behooves on members of the Oromo community to take advantage of opportunities, to participate, promote collective responsibility, and foster a strong sense of belonging. What then are the essential components of unity of purpose? Honesty and hard work; shared understanding and support for each other; sense of identity (to be a proud Oromo national, not just a member of an ethnic tribe); teamwork and social solidarity; high level of involvement in community projects; courage and fair play; mutual cooperation and tolerance; emotional support for community members; and loyalty and patriotism/positive nationalism.

    All these values, if held blessed, and if Oromo people pull in one direction, we will certainly achieve unity of purpose, which is the sum total of a stable society.

    Unity of purpose is the ultimate goal and aspiration of any nation. It means we must work towards it through a step-by-step approach. No short cuts!

    Reconciliation is imperative among Oromo Liberation Organizations. Reconciliation we believe in should involve a roadmap that clearly addresses the critical issues raised by all stakeholders, aims at advancing the interest of the Oromo people and facilitating the achievement of the objectives of the Oromo National Liberation Movement (ONLM).

    Reconciliation is focused on building relationships between antagonists. The relational dimension involves the emotional and psychological aspects of the conflict and should recognise past grievances. As a locus, reconciliation creates space for encounter by the parties, a place where diverse, but connected energies and concerns driving the conflict can meet, including paradoxes of truth with mercy; justice with peace.

    As a concept and praxis, reconciliation endeavours to reframe the conflict so that the parties are no longer preoccupied with anger or seeking revenge. The prime objective, which is, achieving unity of purpose, is how to seek innovative ways to create time and space within various levels of Oromo Community for long lasting reconciliation to be implemented. This is imperative in order to address, integrate and embrace the painful past, and the shared future, as a means of dealing with the present.

  8. Yonas Reply

    May 11, 2017 at 5:03 pm

    when you say it please do it

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