Ethiopian Security Forces Open Fire on Students

There has been widespread protest by Oromo students in universities in Ethiopia against unpopular ‘Addis Ababa-Finfinnee surrounding integrated master plan’. Oromo students in Haromaya, Jimma, Ambo and Wollega universities held protests.

Although officials in Oromia state and Addis Ababa city administration insist the plan only intends to develop Addis Ababa and its surrounding, Oromo students and the wider Oromo elites believe the plan is to displace farmers in the outskirts and suburban areas of the city, meet the growing demand for land, and weaken the Oromo identity. The Ethiopian constitution grants a special interest to the Oromia state regarding administrative, resource and other socio-economic matters in Addis Ababa, in its article 49 which never have been implemented. This has largely resulted in significant resistance within the ruling party, OPDO, in Oromia and a continues pressure to materialize the implementation.
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The protest against the doomed to fail master plan is held in four universities sofar. Yesterday (26/04/2014) at Wollega University, the infamous and notorious Federal police opened fire at innocent Oromo students. Reports and eye witness indicate unknown number of students were hurt and some have fled to the bushes. The people of Nekemete town were prevented from joining the resistance. Even then some of the residents broke through line of federal police force and joined the protest.

At similar protest in Jimma university, the security forces picked more than 10 students and jailed them. Further 15 students in Ambo university were jailed.

The uproar against the plan is resonating across different segments of Oromo society. A singer by name Jafar Yusuf was jailed last week that is believed to be because he released a single condemning the plan. The diaspora is is voicing its concerns through the newly launched diaspora based Oromia Media Network

The security forces in Ethiopia are dominated by the Tigrayan minority who have been in power since the downfall of Derg communist regime in 1991. The Oromos are the most prosecuted in Ethiopia. More than 40000 Oromos are in jail, although the correct figure is hard to know.

Source: CNN

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8 Responses to Ethiopian Security Forces Open Fire on Students

  1. Sam

    April 27, 2014 at 12:53 PM

    The master plan is timely legit and it is to up lift and transform ETHIOPIA from agrerian economics to industrial economy.

    CNN used to attack CHAINA 20 years ago by attacking the Chinese governments master plan, now CNN attacking fast growing AFRICAN countries through misrepresenting facts.

  2. Garo

    April 27, 2014 at 10:57 PM

    Based on their experience the writing on the wall says UPROOTING. Up lifting for the minority who is in power and certainly not for Oromos. Why can’t those developments take place without making those changes? Certainly if one wants to uplift a community of people displacement is not the way.

    There is no question the government wants the lands and the resources not to benefit the Oromos because that will strengthen the political clout of Oromia and the last thing the TPLF and some sections of Ethiopian society want is strong Oromia.And that’s the issue at the heart of the matter.

    Weak and destitute Oromos are the way for the TPLF to stay in power and loot the country.

  3. Yasmine

    April 28, 2014 at 6:43 AM

    Ok What is this? Where is Oromia I don’t get it. Ethiopians better review your history. If you really need to divide ethnically then review history. Otherwise be all Ethiopian and regain your pride.

  4. ጭሕኣእኝኣ

    April 28, 2014 at 8:31 PM

    ውሕኣጥ እጽ ጭሕኣእኝኣ? ውርእጤ እኝ ኣምሕኣርእጭ

  5. Jack

    April 28, 2014 at 8:32 PM

    What is Chaina?

  6. Southerner

    April 29, 2014 at 1:34 PM

    — I do not blame Oromos for being suspicious —

    I do not blame Oromos for being mistrusting, after all, for the past 100+years The Amhara dominated governments mistreated, systematically genocided and degraded Oromos to second class citizens by stealing Oromos land and banning oromos language from every Oromos public offices and courts etc…

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