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In Pictures: Oromos in Australia commemorate #Irreecha2016 with candlelight vigil

Posted: Fulbaana/September 30, 2017 · Finfinne Tribune | Gadaa.com | Comments

Melbourne’s Federation Square in Australia has become synonymous among the Oromo in the Diaspora as the venue of the yearly celebration of Oromo culture and heritage during the region’s Summer season in December. On the night of September 30, 2017, however, members of the Oromo community in the Greater Melbourne region gathered there for a different reason: for a solemn remembrance of the more than 500 fellow Oromo men and women, young and old, who lost their lives back home in Oromia during the Oromo Thanksgiving (Irreecha) celebration in the town of Bishoftu on October 2, 2016. The celebration in Bishoftu attracts millions of Oromos and tourists to the epicenter of the holiday by the lakeside of Hora/Lake Arsadi. On October 2, 2016, hundreds of the celebrants lost their lives as the Ethiopian Federal Government, which is dominated by Tigrean People’s Liberation Front, moved in to crash a peaceful protest through teargases and live ammunition inside the crowded civilian zone, thereby causing panic and stampedes – while some died in ditches around the lakeside, others were gunned down. It was with this dark memory of October 2, 2016, that members of the Oromo community in Melbourne held the candlelight vigil at Federation Square on the evening of September 30, 2017; the event also included a commemorative message. Here are some pictures from the event. Source: social media.

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Qeerroo vs. Foollee - The Need for 'Tokkummaa' through 'Ilaa fi Ilaamee'

This is strictly our observation (at the individual level - our opinion/Editorial). #GadaaFT

In the post #Irreecha2017 season, two groups of Oromo youth are emerging: the red-green-red (revolutionary) Qeerroo, and the black-red-white (evolutionary) Foollee. All used to be loosely referred to as 'Qeerroo;' it looks like this loose term doesn't define everyone anymore.

Earlier this week, we shared the following graphic calling on Tokkummaa between these two Oromo youth groups (see below in the comment-section). And, we also shared a video of the Gadaa culture of "Ilaa fi Ilaamee" in order to indicate the way to Tokkummaa (i.e. discussion for consensus/Tokkummaa). The video can be watched below in the comment-section.

Insults, bullying and other negative tendencies shouldn't be hurled at each other; it produces nothing, but resentments. We have the UNESCO-recognized Gadaa system to be used here: "Ilaa fi Ilaamee" (consensus-building through matured discussion).

There is no right or wrong way to the desired Bilisummaa, but there are different ways. Neither Qeerroo's nor Foollee's approach is right or wrong, but they're clearly different; we're starting to notice through posts on social media.

The fast-change-seekers (the revolutionary) Qeerroo are restless (by nature or choice); the slow-change-seekers (the evolutionary) Foollee are deliberate (by nature or choice). Each person should choose his or her liking and align in the group that suits his or her decisions, then discuss carefully and respectfully to understand each other (not tear each other up to cause distrust and resentments).

Points of conjunction (collaboration) are both groups' stance against the Woyane-inflicted human rights abuses in Oromia, and their love for Oromummaa and Oromia.
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