December 21st 2015
It is with great sadness that we have to witness the killings and massacres of unarmed civilians by the EPRDF forces once again in Ethiopia. The GPLM strongly condemns this heinous atrocity committed by the Ethiopian/EPRDF government forces against peaceful Oromo students who are protesting, within their constitutional rights, against the land grabbing policy.
Not long ago, the people of Gambella faced daylight genocide, where more than 450 unarmed Anuaks were killed by the Ethiopian armed forces – exactly this month of December in 2003. Every since, we have seen many atrocities being committed all over the country without impunity by the EPRDF government. The GPLM urges the government to stop these bloody crackdowns on peaceful protesters and the systematic genocide of non-Tigrean nations, nationalities and peoples of Ethiopia to occupy their land – which is driven by lust for money and luxuries, while millions of Ethiopians are dying due to lack of food in the country.
The current demonstration of Oromo students is ostensibly a protest because of the expansion of the Addis Ababa boundary to Oromia, which has nothing to do with economic development nor municipality expansion, but a plan to displace and evict the Oromo farmers from their land.
Like other oppressed nations and nationalities, the Oromo people have been politically marginalized, while being the majority in the country. The current demonstration and protest, which have engulfed all over Oromia region, are parts of a deep-rooted historical struggle over injustice, identity, resistance to exploitation of the Oromo’s resources, and the rights to protect their ancestral land.
Thus, the GPLM calls for all Ethiopians, who are in the “Woyane”/EPRDF armed and security forces, not to fire their bullets against peaceful Oromo students. We also call on the Ethiopian people, from north to south – and from east to west, to join the Oromo students protest and their quest for justice and democracy in our country. Finally, we call on the EPRDF/”Woyane” government to immediately:
1. Stop the killing of unarmed Oromo students;
2. To unconditionally release all Oromo students who are held captive and illegally put to prison for exercising their constitutional rights; and
3. Lastly, we call for independent inquires to investigate the deaths of Oromo students.