Wodi Woyni  in custody after shooting at embassy protesters


Wedy Weyni shot on Ethiopians in Washington DC

By Abebe Gellaw

(Addis Voice) Dozens of peaceful protesters who descended on the Ethiopian Embassy, located in North West Washington D.C., to protest recent massacres in Ogaden and Gambela regions were met with gunshots in the embassy compound. U.S. Secret Service announced earlier today that it had detained a man in connection with the shooting incident.

Embassy insiders named the shooter as Solomon “Wodi Weyni”, who is said to be a security chief at the Ethiopian embassy with diplomatic status. The man is said to be a member of the Tigray People’s Liberation Front, the core of the ruling ethnic junta.

While Shimelis Terefe, a D.C-based activist, was trying to hoist the widely popular Ethiopian flag that does not bear the emblem of the TPLF regime, Wodi Weyni started shooting without any warning. When the protesters confronted him and demanded him to put down his gun, he fired more shots threatening to kill them. According to the protesters, at least three shots were fired and a car parked nearby was hit by a bullet.

One of the protesters, Yohaness Gurmu, described the scene as chaotic when the unarmed protesters boldly confronted the security chief. “The man continued brandishing his gun and shooting towards us. But we did not disperse in fear even if he was threatening to kill us.”

Ambassador Girma Birru and a few embassy staff members reportedly came rushing and took the shooter inside the embassy building. But U.S. Secret Service agents and the police reportedly arrived on the scene within a few minutes. State Departent officials were also said to be on scene to investigate the incident.
Inside the lobby, the activists, who were holding pictures of jailed journalists and bloggers, repeatedly chanted “freedom!freedom!freedom.”

U.S. Secret Service spokesman Brian Leary said in a statement emailed to reporters that the agency investigated a report of shots fired around 12:15 p.m. Monday. “They detained a man believed to be the shooter,” he said.


The embassy, which was temporarily sealed off by the police, did not answer repeated phone calls.

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3 Responses to Wodi Woyni  in custody after shooting at embassy protesters

  1. Melak

    September 30, 2014 at 11:30 AM

    Bravo! DC Ethiopian activists. You are yet another heroes. We are proud of you. Abebe, you, the list will pile up in due short time to stand up in unison for the inevitable freedom of that great country.

  2. ashagre abebe

    October 1, 2014 at 11:26 AM

    ashagre abebe

    October 1, 2014 at 12:27 am

    Congratulations to our gallant heroes of this young generation who stormed the Woyane’s Embassy in Washington DC., to lower the satanic symbol of Woyane’s flag, and instead hoisting with pride the only legitimate flag of Ethiopia colored Green, Yellow, and Red that passed down to us from our forefathers, who fought gallantly to the last drop of their blood in protecting the sovereignty and territorial integrity of our nation.

    That was exactly what you guys did yesterday at the so called Embassy of Ethiopia. We take our hats off to all of you who made history on 09/29/2014. With your continuous demonstration like you performed yesterday it is only a matter of time before the vicious illegal regime crumbles, and bites the dust once and for all, and our true flag flying again.


    This National Anthem is dedicated to you guys who stormed the embassy to raise our unique flag that had been duplicated in different arrangements by many African countries as a symbol of independence.
    I also would like to express my gratitude to Armenian -Ethiopian by the name Kevork Nalbandian, who composed the lyrics of our anthem.

    Please open the above web site, and then to the right of the page look for speaker icon located under the word music and click on the arrow to enjoy the Ethiopian National Anthem that we grew up singing, under the visionary leadership of His Majesty Emperor Haile Selassie 1st. the founder of the Organization of African Unity ( OAU), the father of Ethiopian modern educational systems, and the advocate of African independence.

    We missed him very much and all such atrocities wouldn’t have happened had he been alive today, and may God rest his soul in peace.

    ኢትዮጵያ ሆይ ደስ ይበልሽ
    በአምላክሽ ኃይል በንጉሥሽ
    ተባብረዋል አርበኞችሽ
    አይነካም ከቶ ነጻነትሽ
    ብርቱ ናቸውና ተራሮችሽ
    አትፈሪም ከጠላቶችሽ
    ድል አድራጊው ንጉሳችን
    ይኑርልን ለክብራችን
    ብርቱ ናቸው ተራሮችሽ
    አትፈሪም ከጠላቶችሽ
    ድል አድራጊው ንጉሳችን
    ይኑርልን ለክብራችን

  3. Qonjit Bogale

    October 7, 2014 at 3:46 PM

    Wedi Woyni plan was not only to shot the brave Ethiopians in DC But also to blow Abebe Gelaws head off. hes a crule woyane.
    Bravo Abebe Gelaw because of Your brave fight our country Ethiopia is free from The Woyane Enemies thes Woyanes are Not Ethiopia.
    pls Tigre go to your country will you?