Six People are killed during a wave of new protests in Oromia

Demonstrations in Waliso town – 12 October 2017

Addis Ababa – The vice chair of Oromo Peoples Democratic Organization (OPDO) says protests in the restive Oromia region left six people dead on Wednesday (October 11 2017) as anti-government demonstrations return to Oromia regional state.

Dr Abiy Ahmed says more than 30 people were injured in clashes in Shashamane town and an area called Boke. He did not say who was responsible for the killings.

Blogger and university lecturer Seyoum Teshome says more than 15,000 people rallied again on Thursday in Wolisso town against the country’s ruling elite. He says it was mostly peaceful.

Ethiopia in August lifted a 10-month state of emergency that was imposed after widespread protests. The most intense protests took place in the five days following the massacre of Oromos at the annual Irreecha celebration where more than 600 people were killed at Hora Harsadi in Bishoftu.

Oromia is the country’s largest and most populous federal state and it has seen large anti-government protests since November 2015. Despite its huge importance as the bread basket of the nation, Oromia region and Oromos have been marginalized by the successive central governments of Ethiopia. The current federal arrangement hoodwinked by the TPLF dominated EPRDF didn’t fare much better.
Some of the grievances cited by the demonstrators are:
  • The governments policy of evicting Oromos from their ancestral land specially from around the capital city
  • Lack or freedom
  • Lack of good governance
  • Lack of equal opportunity, specially for the youth and for the not well connected
  • Repression of Oromo people by the federal government
Demonstrations in Waliso were largely peaceful due to the efforts of Oromia Police. However it was not the case in Shashamane yesterday where six were killed.