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Published on May 13, 2014.

Is ESAT being fooled by TPLF agents or playing along willingly? During its broadcast on May 12,2014 ESAT aired a disturbing interview alleging that Oromos in Gimbi are threatening Amhra residents. What ESAT might not know is that an alternate version of the story was sent to Oromo activists and media outlets days before but rejected after it was found to be a plot.

The Oromo version of the plot goes like this: “An Amhara businessman tortured, mutilated  and killed two Oromo youngsters. Their body was thrown on the street. He was not brought to justice and still on the loose doing his business as usual.” We were provided with contact numbers of alleged ‘parents and friends of  the victims’, whom testified to the allegation with even gruesome details.

As you can imagine, this story could trigger traumatic emotional response. However, a close inspection can easily detect the excessive level of exaggeration in it, causing us to reasonably doubt and to launch an investigation into the story. That’s exactly what Oromo media outlets and activists did.  It was determined that this was a setup aimed at using Oromo activists and media as an instrument to advance TPLF’s own tactical objectives. Moreover, some of us have received an advanced information that the regime intended to instigate inter-ethnic conflict to divert attention of the people from pursuing the legitimate demand of halting the Master Plan. This information was communicated both to organizers and the public at large minimizing the damage such misinformation could cause.

Gimbi was not the first case where the regime attempted such tactic. During the aftermath of the Ambo massacre, the regime rumor mills and even state media pushed a story that protesters targeted business owned by non-Oromos. The names of those owners were repeated again and again to lead the public to believe that Amhara’s were being targeted. However, it soon emerged that the owners were  not only Oromo but also highly regarded in their community. For instance, Ababech Mataferia, the owner of the hotel that was damaged, is a beloved and kind Oromo woman widely considered mother of the town. However, as part of its evil strategy damaging the reputation of the protesters the TPLF regime played around with her name to make the public believe that she is an Amhara and hence targeted for being so. (Detailed account of what actually took place in Ambo will be made available soon)

Oromo students were very aware of the regime’s tactics and did all they could to ensure it does not succeed this time around. For instance, the decision not to protest in Universities outside of Oromia region was made precisely for this reason. Moreover, during the initial days of the protest, some agent provocateurs came with slogans that tend to provoke other communities. However organizers of were vigilant enough to quickly  identify, isolate and prevented from repeating their tactic in subsequent rallies at different campuses and locations. Some of these infiltrators who were agitating students to target other communities were later seen on TV providing false testimony accusing students. Some of the profiles and activities of provocateurs on social media show their affiliations to the regime and their open support.

It has been boldly said time and again that the Oromo struggle is not against any one group of people. Its a resistance movement against tyranny, repressive, excessively exploitative and discriminatory systems and ruling elites. The aim of the protest against the Addis Ababa Master Plan has been clearly articulated as targeting a specific policy of the regime that aims to uproot nearly two million farmers. This is a policy developed by the regime, hence Oromos have no reason to quarrel with any other community.

Even on highly controversial issues between Oromos and others, our activists have proven to be disciplined and considerate. For instance during the  contentious issue  of Tedy Afro/Minilik, although there was intense and heated debates, not a single physical confrontation occurred either back home or in diaspora. Oromo activists waged a well planned strategic campaign that secured victory in short period of time denying the regime agents a platform to insert itself and provoke conflict. Hence, if Oromo youth did not cause a single physical harm during such horizontal contestation with Amhara activists, why would they fight them now, when the target of the protests is  fundamentally different? Most importantly, provided that there is a considerable understanding that the regime is a common enemy to both the Amhara and Oromo community, it is far-fetched and  doesn’t add up!

Media entities have responsibilities of  using multiple verification methods to ensure accuracy of information they intend to disseminate. Even if certain information is found to be factual, a media entity must give extra care to  the way the story is  presented. ESAT failed in all these measurements. First, it spoke with one couple yet shamelessly presented it as ‘interview with residents [plural] of Gimbi.’ Second, it made no attempt to report a balanced account of the story by speaking  to members of the Oromo community in Gimbi.  Third, it aired the highly inflammatory conversation without any concern about its potential impact on the audience.  We already  know that abiding by journalistic ethics are at the bottom end of the station’s priority, and that  propagating Oromophobia is one of their primary agenda and reputation. However, what they did yesterday is a new low even by their own standard!

My message to the Oromo public and activists is: Do not be agitated  by inflammatory propaganda coming from media entities such ESAT, ETV, or the numerous tabloid papers. Do not let yourself be  provoked by agents of any side trying to divert your attention. Remain firm on your demands, stay unified and disciplined. Most importantly, any Oromo person or group that targets any community in Oromia for whatever reason is an enemy of the Oromo people and struggle. They must be stopped, condemned, and brought to justice. Any individual or community residing in Oromia is  an integral part of our society. Any attack on them is  an attack on us individually and as a nation.Respecting them and  sharing with them what we have is  the time tested and socially embedded value of the Oromo people. Extending such respect, protecting and safeguarding them is the responsibility of this generation too. To do this, we don’t need scaremongering  propaganda from ESAT and ETV. Its ingrained in us. Go out there defend your rights, respecting others’  and prove them wrong, as always!

http://www.gulelepost.com/2014/05/13/is-esat-in-joint-venture-with-etv/

Ethiopia: Ambo under Siege, Daily Activities Paralyzed

HRLHA Urgent Action HRLHA

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

13 May, 2014.

The brutal attempts of crackdown against Oromo protesters by the Agazi Special Squad continuing unabated in different parts of the regional state of Oromia, reports coming from Ambo in central Oromia indicate that the town and its surrounding has come under virtual seizure by the Agazi Federal Armed Force, daily movements and activities becoming almost impossible.

According to information obtained by HRLHA (this morning) form its correspondents, the Agazi Special Squad has been deployed in Ambo Town and its surrounding in much larger number than before and engaged in indiscriminately kidnapping the local people from along the streets and throwing them into detention centres in the area. There are also reports of widespread rapes being committed against female detainees.

Although the protests against the plan to annex some central small towns of Oromia into the Capital Addis Ababa/Finfinne have been involving Oromos from all walks of life, age and gender, the prime targets have been the youth, university, college, and high school students in particular. Since the protest started in different parts of the regional state of Oromia two weeks ago, more than 50,000 (fifty thousand) Oromos have been arrested and detained from Ambo, Gudar, Tikur Inchini, Ginda-Barat, Gedo, and Bakko-Tibe towns in West Showa Zone of Central Oromia alone, Apart from along the streets in cities and towns, especially students are being picked up even from dormitories and classrooms on universities and college campuses. Reports add that there have been around twenty(40) extra-judicial killings so far that have resulted from brutal actions against unarmed and peaceful protesters by armed forces.

Ever since the violence against Oromo protesters started two weeks ago, and following the release of its first urgent action over the incidents, the Human Rights League of the Horn of Africa (HRLHA) has been monitoring the situation through its correspondents in the region; and has been able to obtain some of the names of the Oromos (students and others) who have so far been killed, kidnapped or arrested, and detained or disappeared. There are also cases of beatings and wounds or injuries inflicted on some of the protesters by the heavy-handed federal armed force. The names are listed below:
Partial List of arrested Students from Addis Ababa University May 11, 2014
1 Abebe gadafa 12 Lataa Olani
2 Alamayo Taye 13 Melaku Girma
3 Gaddisaa dabalee 14 Mulata Eliyas
4 Gamada Dhidhita 15 Nigusie Gammada
5 Gudata Wakne 16 Nigusie Yoosef
6 Guddina 17 Sisay Safara
7 Indalu Yigezu 18 Taye Teshome
8 Jabessa ekele 19 Teshome Ararsa
9 Jamal Usman 20 Waqo Roba
10 Jilo Kamew 21 Yaatanii Utukan
11 Kebede Guddata

May 11, 2014 Arrestees from different universities in Oromia

No Name Department Institute Name
1 Abebe Taddese Political Science Addis Ababa University
2 Chala Dirriba Dirre Dawa University
3 Lencho Electrical & Computer Engineering Adama University
4 Fawaz Ahmed Usman Mechanical Engneering Adama University
5 Obsa Jawar Management Adama University
Partial list of Oromos  killed by Agazi Armed Force of the Federal Government
NAME SEX Birth Place Occupation Academic institution Place of execution
1 Ababa Kumsa M student Wallaga
2 Abdii Kamaal M student and Krate Trainer Gudar Gudar
3 Abdiisaa Guutuu M 9 years old teenager - Gudar
4 Abdiisaa Fiixee Bussinessman Gudar
5 Abdisa Nagasa M student Wallaga
6 Alamnee Bayisa Tashoomee M 9th grade Ambo Ambo
7 Alamayyoo Hirphasaa M 9th grade Ambo Ambo
8 Alemaayyoo Urgeessaa M Farmer Gudar Gudar
9 Baayisaa Soorii M
10 Biikkolee Dinqaa M
11 Biqilaa  Belay M Merchant - Ambo
12 Bultii Yaadasaa M Jibaat Techinical student Shanaan
13 Darejjee M Kebele Milisha - Ijaajjii
14 Falmata Bayecha M Medicine 5th year Jimma Jimma
15 Galana Adaba M Governance 3rd year Jimma Jimma
16 Getachew Darajie M Governence 3rd year Jimmaa Jimma
17 Geetahuun Jiraataa M Junior Secondary school Gudar Gudar
18 Geetuu Urgeessaa M student Ambo
19 Gexe Tafari F student Wollega
20 Gurmuu Damxoo M Junior Secondary school Gudar Gudar
21 Gosomsaa  Baayisaa M Farmer - Ambo
22 Haacaaluu Jaagamaa M Jibaat Shanaan
23 Husen Umar M Uni student Jimmaa Jimma
24 Indaalee Dessaalenyi M Ambo Diplom holder, Bajaji driver Ambo Ambo, 01 Kebele
25 Indaalee Lammeessaa M 9th grade student Ambo Ambo
26 Isra’el Habtamu M Uni student Jimma Jimma
27 Kebbedee Boranaa M Ambo
28 Kumalaa Guddisa M Tikur Incini 10th grade Gudar Gudar
29 Maammush Gaaddiisaa M Busssinessman - Gudar
30 Mammush Guutuu M 11 years old teenager - Gudar
31 Naasir Tamaam M Driver Gudar
32 Nagaasaa Lameessaa M Farmer oromo elder of 80 years old Ambo
33 Olmaan Biinagdee M Ganjii Gooree Farmer, 75 years  Oromo elder - Ambo
34 Taddasee Gashuu M Waddeessaa,

Ambo
Liibaan Machaa J.S.School Ambo Ambo
35 Tashome Dawit M Uni student Wallaga
36 Zabana Barasa M Governance 3rd year Jimma Jimma

Partial list of injured or wounded protestors

NAME sex Occupation Academic institution Region Date
1 Abrhaam Suufaa M 12th grade student Ambo Ambo
2 Balaayi Kuusaa M Midaa Qanyii Ambo 01.05.2014
3 Baayisaa Obsaa M Midaa Qanyii Ambo 01.05.2014
4 Baqalee Itichaa M
5 Bitamaa Baayisaa M 7th grade Ambo Ambo
6 Darrasaa Ayyaanaa M Midaa Qanyii Ambo 01.05.2014
7 Geetuu warquu Ambo
8 Gonfaa Mul’isaa M Bajajii driver Ambo
9 Kasaahun Aseffaa M Ambo
10 Miidhaksaa ijiguu M Bussinesman Ambo
11 Misgaanaa Mammuyyee Ambo
12 Roobee  Beenyaa M Ambo
13 Shallamaa Caalasaaa M High School student Midaa Qanyii Ambo
14 Shantamaa Qanaa’aa M Ambo
15 Sintaayoo Mirreessaa F 5th grade student Addis ketema, Ambo
16 Taaddalaa Tsagaayee M 9th grade student Ambo High School Ambo
17 Warquu ijjiguu M Bussinesman - Ambo
18 Zarihuun Urgeessaa M Ambo

Partial list of indiscriminately arrested or kidnapped and detained protestors

Below is the list of some of the estimated 50,000 Oromos picked up and detained from different towns in West Showa Z0ne:

Name Sex Occupation Place arrested
1 Ababaa Moosisaa M Tikur Incini
2 Alamayyoo Irreessoo M Was ONC Elected member of Oromia regional in 2005 Ambo
3 Ashannaafii Buusaa M 12th grade student Ambo
4 Agidoo Waqjiraa M Midaa Qanyii high school Ambo
5 Ayyaantuu Dagaagaa F Merchant of cultural dresses Ambo
6 Baqqaluu Gidaada F Ambo
7 Baayiluu Mallasaa M Gudar School Gudar
8 Bilisee Indaaluu F High school student Midaa Qanyii
9 Biraanuu Addunyaa M High school student Tikur Incini
10 Burgudee Araarsaa F Highschool student Ambo
11 Caalchisaa Aanaa M Preacher Midaa Qanyii
12 Caalaa Baayisaa M With his 5-family member Ambo
13 Camadaa Jaalataa M Farmer Midaa Qanyii
14 Dagguu Takkaa M Elementary J.S. School, 8th grade Addis Ketama-Ambo
15 Dammee Taddasaa F Ambo
16 Dararaa Galataa M High school Student Midaa Qanyii
17 Darrasaa Guutataa M Farmer Midaa Qanyii
18 Dawuti Raggaasaa M 9th grade student Liiban Maccaa Ambo
19 Dheeressaa Tarfaa M Bussinessman Gudar
20 Dhibbaa Tutishaa M Assistant driver Ambo
21 Gadaa M Ambo uni student Ambo
22 Gechoo Dandanaa M High school student Midaa Qanyii
23 Getaachoo dandanaa M Businessman Gudar
24 Goobanaa Abarraa M High school student Midaa Qanyii
25 Goobanaa Tolasaa M Tikur Incinni
26 Gonfaa Dhaabaa M Bussinessman Ambo
27 Gudinaa Abarraa M High school student Midaa Qanyii
28 Iddeessaa Magarsaa M Chairperson for Waqqeffata for Ambo area Amboo
29 Lachiisaa Fufaa M Tikur Incinni
30 Lateeraa shallamoo M Tikur Incinni
31 Mallasaa Kabbadaa M Bussinessman Ambo
32 Mootummaa Tasfaayee M Tikur Incinni
33 Nagarii Dhaabaa M Ambo
34 Qanaa’aa Chuuchee M Employee of KFO Ambo
35 Salamoon Dhaabaa M 11th grade student Ambo
36 Shallamaa caalaa M Gudar
37 Shallamaa Caalasaaa M High School Student Midaa Qanyii
38 Shallamaa Diroo High School Student Midaa Qanyii
39 Taaddasaa Misgaanaa M Tikur Incinni
40 Taamiruu Caalsisaa M Tikur Incinni
41 Tammiree Caalaa Employee of youth and Sport commission Caliyaa Geedoo
42 Tamasgeen Abarraa M Bussinessman Ambo
43 Tasfayee Daksiisaa M High School Student Midaa Qanyii
44 Tolaa Geeddafaa M High School Student Midaa qanyii
45 Wabii Xilaahuun M Ambo university 3rd year Ambo

HRLHA calls up on the Ethiopian Government to:

    Immediately stop the racial and discriminatory violence against Oromos, and bring the culprits  toJustice
     Unconditionally release the detained Oromo students and facilitate the resumption of normal classes;
    Reverse the decision of the plan and present it for discussion and consultations to the concerned Oromo People, and obtain their consents;
    Compensate all loses and damages that resulted from the brutal actions of its armed forces.

HRLHA also calls up on regional and international diplomatic, democratic, and human rights agencies to challenge the Ethiopian TPLF/EPRDF government on its persistent brutal, dictatorial, and suppressive actions against innocent and unarmed civilians who are attempting to exercise some of their “said-to-have-been-granted” democratic rights.

http://ayyaantuu.com/human-rights/ethiopia-ambo-under-siege-daily-activities-paralyzed/

Document – Ethiopia: Authorities must provide justice for scores of protesters killed, injured and arrested in Oromia

AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL

PUBLIC STATEMENT

13 May 2014

AI Index: AFR 25/002/2014

ETHIOPIA: authorities MUST provide justice for scores of protesters killed, injured and arrested IN OROMIA

Amnesty International condemns the use of excessive force by security forces against peaceful protesters in a number of locations across the Oromia region during the last two weeks, which has resulted in the deaths and injuries of dozens of people including students and children. Many hundreds of protesters are reported to have been arbitrarily arrested, and are being detained incommunicado and without charge. Detainees are at risk of torture.

The Ethiopian government must immediately instruct the security forces to cease using deadly force against peaceful protesters, and to release any person who has been arrested solely because of their involvement in peaceful protests. These incidents must be urgently and properly investigated, and suspected perpetrators should be prosecuted in effective trial proceedings.

Since late April, protests have taken place in many universities and towns across the Oromia region over the ‘Addis Ababa Integrated Development Master Plan’ – a plan from the central government to expand the capital, Addis Ababa, into parts of Oromia – the region which surrounds the city. The government says the master plan for expansion would bring city services to remote areas. However, the protesters, and many other Oromos, the ethnic group that makes up the significant majority of the population of Oromia regional state, fear that the move will be detrimental to the interests of Oromo farmers, and will lead to large scale evictions to make way for land leasing or sale. Many Oromos also consider the move to be in violation of the Constitutionally-guaranteed protection of the ‘special interests’ of the Oromia state.

Numerous reports from witnesses, local residents and other sources indicate that the security forces have responded with excessive force against peaceful protesters. Forces comprised of the federal police and military special forces known as ‘Agazi’, have fired live ammunition at unarmed protesters in a number of locations including in Wallega and Madawalabu universities and Ambo and Guder towns, resulting in deaths in each location.

One witness told Amnesty International that on the third day of protest in Guder town, near Ambo, the security forces were waiting for the protesters and opened fire when they arrived. She said five people were killed in front of her. A source in Robe town, the location of Madawalabu University, told Amnesty International that 11 bodies had been seen in a hospital in the town. Another witness said they had seen five bodies in Ambo hospital.

There are major restrictions on independent journalism and human rights monitoring organizations in Ethiopia as well as on exchange of information. Because of these restrictions, in conjunction with the number of incidents that occurred in the last two weeks, it is not possible to establish the exact number of those who have been killed. The government acknowledged that three students had died at Madawalabu University, and five persons had died in Ambo town, but did not state the cause of death. Numbers of deaths reported by witnesses and residents within Oromia are significantly higher. Investigations into these incidents must include the establishment of comprehensive numbers of people killed and injured in all incidents.

According to eye-witness reports received by Amnesty International, of those who were killed some people, including students and children, died instantly during protests, while some died subsequently in hospitals as a result of their injuries. Children as young as 11 years old were among the dead. Students and teachers constitute the majority of those killed and injured.

Protesters were also reportedly beaten up during and after protests, resulting in scores of injuries in locations including Ambo, Jimma, Nekempte, Wallega, Dembi Dollo, Robe town, Madawalabu, and Haromaya.

Hundreds of people have been arrested across many locations. The main Oromo opposition party, the Oromo Federalist Congress (OFC) which has been collecting information from its members throughout the region, believes those arrested may total several thousand. Witnesses told Amnesty International that in many cases the arrests took place after the protesters had dispersed. Security forces have conducted house to house searches in many locations in the region, for students and others who may have been involved. New arrests continue to be reported. A small number of people have been released, but most of those arrested remain in incommunicado detention, in many cases in unknown locations. The OFC also reports that two of its members were arrested in Ambo because they had spoken to a Voice of America reporter about events in the town.

Hundreds of those arrested have been taken to unofficial places of detention including Senkele police training camp. One local resident, whose nephew was shot dead during the Ambo protests, told Amnesty International that detainees in Senkele have been prevented from seeing their families or receiving food from them. Military camps in Oromia have regularly been used to detain thousands of actual or perceived government opponents. Detention in military camps is almost always arbitrary – detainees are not charged or taken to a court for the duration of their detention, which in some cases has lasted for many years. In the majority of cases, detainees in military camps have no access to lawyers or to their families for the duration of their detention. Amnesty International has received countless reports of torture being widespread in military camps. The organization fears that the recent detainees are at serious risk of torture and other ill-treatment.

There is a very high security force presence in towns across the region in recent days, including in university campuses. Witnesses in several locations say that classes have been suspended in the universities. Amnesty International has heard from other locations, where classes have continued or resumed, that attendance registers are being taken for every class, with serious repercussions threatened for those not present.

Amnesty International has also received several reports that in a number of locations throughout the region local residents are being beaten and in some cases, arrested by the police, ostensibly to intimidate them against taking part in further protests. Police are also threatening parents to control their children. One witness told Amnesty International that one man who went to collect his son’s body, who had been shot dead during a protest, was severely beaten by security forces telling him he should have taught his son some discipline.

The OFC says the response of the security forces has fuelled further protests as the colleagues, parents and community members of those killed and injured have joined in further protests against the brutality of the security forces. In some locations anger at the actions of the security forces has resulted in burning of cars and damage to property.

The Ethiopian authorities regularly suppress peaceful protests, which has often included the use of excessive force against protesters. The Oromos have long felt discriminated against by successive governments. The current government is hostile to all dissent. However, this hostility often manifests most fiercely in the Oromia region, where signs of dissent are looked for and suppressed even more brutally than in other parts of the country. Scores of Oromos are regularly arrested based on their actual or suspected opposition to the government.

The recent events are highly reminiscent of events in 2004 when months of protests broke out across the Oromia region and in Addis Ababa by college and school students demonstrating against a federal government decision to transfer the regional state capital from Addis Ababa to Adama (also known as Nazret), a town 100 kilometres south-east of Addis Ababa. The transfer was perceived to be against Oromo interests. Police used live ammunition in some incidents to disperse demonstrators, killing several students and wounding many others, which led to further protests. Hundreds of students were arrested and detained for periods ranging from several days to several months, without charge or trial. Many were severely beaten when police dispersed protests or in detention. Subsequently hundreds were expelled or suspended from university and many suffered long-term repercussions such as repeated arrest based on the residual suspicion of holding dissenting opinions.

The events of the last two weeks in Oromia demonstrate that there has been no improvement in Ethiopia’s policing practices in the last decade, and that very serious concerns remain about the willingness of the Ethiopian security forces to use excessive force against peaceful protesters. These events also show that major restrictions remain on the ability of peaceful protesters to express grievances or make political points in Ethiopia. The environment for peaceful protest, freedom of expression and political participation has worsened over the last decade.

The recent events in Oromia fall at a time when the local population and interested parties internationally, are starting to look towards the general elections in May 2015. The aftermath of the disputed 2005 elections also saw excessive use of force against peaceful protesters during widespread demonstrations against the alleged rigging of the election by the ruling EPRDF party. Security forces opened fire on protesters in Addis Ababa resulting in the deaths of more than 180 people. The recent events bode very ill for the run up to the 2015 elections, still a year away. Unless substantial reforms are urgently initiated, Amnesty International is concerned that the run up to the elections will be characterised by further serious violations of human rights.

Amnesty International urges the Ethiopian authorities to immediately and publicly instruct the security forces to cease using excessive force against peaceful protesters in Oromia. While some of the recent protests in Oromia are reported to have seen incidents of violence, including destruction of property, the use of force, including lethal force, by security forces must comply with human rights standards at all times in order to protect the right to life. Amnesty International urges that any police response to further protests must comply with international requirements of necessity and proportionality in the use of force, in line with the UN Basic Principles on the Use of Force and Firearms by Law Enforcement Officials. These principles state that law enforcement may use only such force as is necessary and proportionate to maintain public order, and may only intentionally use lethal force if strictly necessary to protect human life.

Thorough investigations which are credible and impartial must urgently take place into allegations of excessive use of force against peaceful protesters, and the torture of protesters and other members of local communities in Oromia, and where admissible evidence of crimes is found, suspected perpetrators should be prosecuted in effective trial proceedings that meet international standards.

All persons arrested solely because of their participation in peaceful protests must be immediately and unconditionally released. Amnesty International urges that no-one suffers any violation or denial of their human rights as a result of their involvement in peaceful protests including any suspension or termination of their education.

Finally, Amnesty International urges the Ethiopian government to respect all Ethiopians’ right to peacefully protest, as guaranteed under the Ethiopian Constitution and in accordance with Ethiopia’s international legal obligations, including under the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights. The government should immediately remove all restrictions on free and open political participation, including restrictions on the independent media, civil society and political opposition parties.

http://www.amnesty.org/en/library/asset/AFR25/002/2014/en/116b7cd2-e39f-49b6-a276-f324b07d95d4/afr250022014en.html

http://ayyaantuu.com/horn-of-africa-news/oromia/effect-of-hunger-strike-resolution-passed-by-state-of-mn-supporting-oromoprotests-and-the-oromo-community/

http://revolution-news.com/global-solidarity-protests-murdered-oromo-student-protesters/

12. 05. 14
YAA SHAGGAR OLKA’II DUBBADDHU
*Taammanaa Bitimaa irraa
               Yaa Shaggar olka’ii dubbaddhu
               Yaa shaggaa koo oljedhii dubbaddhu
               Ishiitoo biyya raasaa
               Ishii diina dhamaasaa
               Dhaloota Qubeetti iyyaddhu
Waaqaa-lafas waammaddhu!
               Yaa Shaggar dubbaddhu
Yaa Finfinnee dubbaddhu
Kichuuwwan Oromoo
Kan sabaa kan qomoo
Siif jettee waadamtee
               Siif jettee qalamtee
               Barumbaraan yaadaddhu!
               Uummata keerraa addaan si baasanii
               Boongoo si godhachuun
               Aadaa fi afaan ofiitiin si dhamaasanii
               Finna-kee, Finfinnee-tee xureessanii
               Kaan buqqisuun kaan ajjeesuun balleessani!
               Burqaalee gogsanii
               Horawwan onsanii
               Laggeen-kee Aqaaqii Baldhoo
Laga Daadhii isa qaldhoo
               Haddhaan summeessanii
               Dikee namaatiin xureessani!
               Qawween sitti galanii
               Uummata-kee qalanii
               Dachee-tee irratti si alagoomsanii
               Manuma keettoo si gabroomsani!
               Mukkeen cicciranii
               Namaa-sa’a diddiranii
               Gullallee fi Eekkaa buqqisanii
               Gadaa Sadeen Tuulamaa kuffisani!
               Si mee mitii yaa Shaggar
               Kan karaa hundaan babaldhatu
               Kan reeffa Oromoo alakfatu
Gondor-kaa kan sirra dhaabatu
Maqalee-dha kan sabbuu-kee saammatu
Kan qabeenya kee duguugee ol-haratu!
               Ijoollee harka qullaa
               Kan hin qabanne dullaa
Ulee fi shimalallee homaa hin qabanne
               Kanneen hookkoo-llee hin dhaddhaabbanne
Qawwee itti-dhukaasanii
               Kiyyoo itti-furgaasanii
Ilaa, lafee-saanii yeeyyiin jaraa quuftee
               Dhiiga-saanii allaattiin gaaraa xuuxxe!
               Yaa lafee jagnootaa
               Yaa dhiiga gamnootaa
               Oljedhii dubbaddhu
               Qaramii ijaajjitii
               Dhaloota Qubbeetti birmaddhu!
               Gaara samii biraa yaa Gaara Hococaa
               Silaa kuunnoo, huurrii sirraa fococaa
               Duumessaa-huurrii keetiin nutti birmaddhu
               Tulluu Furii fi Gaara Erer waammaddhu
               Gooroo Sulutaa fi gooroo Eekkaas dabaladdhu
               Odaa Nabee fi Tulluu Cuqqaalaatti iyyaddhu
               Duumessaa fi huurriin diinatti lafa duuchii
               Maaloo Oromoo-kee cinaa dhaabaddhu!
                Jarri hardhaa kaasee
                Nu keessa taa’ees
                Nu irras taa’ees
                Afaan keenya dubbachuu hin lagatu
                Dabreeyyuu nu Habashoomsuuf
                Kunoo, nu Amaaromsuuf
                Abadan maqaa Waaqatiin hin kakatu!
                Yaa akkaan roorrisaa
Yaa hunda doorsisaa
Biyya keenya qawween galtee
Ijoollee Oromoo qaltee
Biyya Oromoo irra bargaafattee teessaa
Galaana ofitti kaafte egaa essa seenta?
                Caffee fi margi Oromiyaa
                           Qoree itti-ta’aa faana-saa waraanaa
                Mukkeeni fi daggalli Oromiyaa
                           Eeboo itti-ta’aa haleelaa
                Bishaan laggeen Oromiyaa
                           Dhiigaa fi summii itti-ta’aa
                Looni fi korbeeyyiin  Oromiyaa
                           Gaafa qaraatii itti-ceyaa
                Fardeeni fi gaangoliin Oromiyaa
                            Oljedhaa kotteen dhiitaa
                Biyyeen Oromiyaa
                             Ibidda ta’iitii
                Miillan-saanii waxali
                Bubbeen Oromiyaa
                             Bubbisii gurra-saanii kabali
                Duumessii fi huurriin Oromiyaa
                              Marsiitii guyyum lafa itti-halkaneessi
                Halkan-walakkaa itti-fakkeessi!
Yaa saba-koo kana keessa
                Olka’ii gabrummaa barbadeessi!
                Uummata Oromoo oljedhiitii
                Dhalawwan-kee bira dhaabaddhu
                Dhaamsa abbootii-keetii iyyaafaddhu
                Sa’aa-bineeyyiin Oromiyaa
                Olka’aa uummata-keessan bira goraa
                Qeerransii fi leenconni Oromiyaa
                Xiyyiitii xiyya-saanii isarraa qolaa!
                Namaa-saani Oromiyaa
Mukaa-margi Oromiyaa
                Haraa-laggeen
                Gaaraa-gandeen
                Hunduu walta’aatii diinatti ka’aa
                Hunduu walta’aatii
Harqoota gabrummaa ofirraa ha’aa!
                Yaa Oromoo gayee
Yaa Oromiyaa gayee
                Yaa saba-koo gayee
                Ijoolleen teenya rasaasaan hin harcaatu
                Amma gayee, gayee
                Dhalawwan teenya irbaata qawwee hin taatu!
                Abboo amma gayee
                Haadhoo amma gayee
                Walatayii waan qabduun gadbayi
Gabrummaa gombisii ofirraa ha’i!
               Oromoon kitilli afurtamii ja’a
Hayyee, walta’uun gadba’a
Taankiin hunda caccabsee gangalatu
               Roopphilaan boombii samiirraa gaddarbatu
Ilaa, fayidaa wayiituu hin-qabuu
Dandayee burkaana kana hin dhaabu!
               Ilaa, amma nama callaa mitii
               Kunoo, lafaa fi sa’utu olka’ee
               Waaqni fi uumaan isaas walta’ee
Kuunnoo, roorroo caccabsee acha’e!
               Yaa jaarmolee Oromoo
Yaa hawaassan Oromoo
Yaa dhaaba dubartootaa
               Kan shammarran-dargaggootaa
               Kan Muslimootaa-Kiristaanotaa
               Kan Oromee Waaqeffataa
               Maal eegdu, maa teessu
Alaa-manaa malum eegu
Caffeetti walin geessanii?
               Odaa jalan teessanii?
               Ijoolleen teenya abadan lamuu hin qalamtu
Oromiyaa teenya gunkumaa lamuu hin salphattu
               Egaa, gumii sabaa ammuma dhaabbaddhaa
               Buruu mitii hardhuma
              Republika Oromiyaa jaarraddhaa!
             Barliin, 02. 05. 14
Hubachiisa: Walaloon kun gaafa 09. 05. 14 hiriira bira-dhaabannoo ijoollee Oromoo Oromiyaa guutuu irraa ka’uun, mirgaa fi haqa uummata ofii dhageessisaa jirtuuf, magaalmataa Biyya Jarmanii, Barliin-itti Oromoota Biyya Jarmaniii keessa jiraatan maraan kan tahe irratti kan dubbifame. Hiriirri inni Barliin-itti tahe kun qaama hiriira Oromootaa kan ardiiwwan: Ameerikaa Kaabaa, Oroppaa, Afrikaa, Asiyaa fi Awustiraaliyaa biyyoota 37 keessatti adeemsifameeti. Mee walaloon kiyya kun barattoota Oromoo diina uummata Oromootiin madeeffaman, reebaman, hidhamanii fi daggala keessatti dhokataniif: raajeffannoo, bira-dhaabannoo, jajjabeessii fi mararfannoo haa tahuufi! Ijoollee teenya rasaasa diinatiin nu jalaa harcaateef, walaloon kiyya kun lubbuun isaanii akka jannata seentuuf, Oromoon koo akka barabaraan isaan yaadatuuf, cinaa haa goru! Warraa fi firoota isaanii naaf haa jajjabeessu! Oromoonni alaa-manaa iyyanii iyya akka dabarsaniif haa hamileessu, haa kakaasu!
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