OROMO LIBERATION FRONT
OLF Press Release
successive Ethiopian governments. Unimaginable atrocities have been committed against the
process, the Oromo were reduced to third class citizenship status on their own land. Our people
have been expressing their grievances at different times but the response from the ruling
Ethiopian authorities have always been to violently suppress their demand.
transitional government hoping that it will end the cycles of oppressions and subjugations for
all peoples in Ethiopia. Within a short period of time, however, it became apparent that the
objective of the TPLF was not to create a democratic and all-inclusive system of government
but to camouflage itself with a façade of democracy and create a government that serves a
continued raising their concerns peacefully at different times over the last 25 years. In the
process, tens of thousands of Oromo students, farmers, professionals, and business owners have
been killed, jailed, tortured, and disappeared. In the name of economic development, hundreds
of thousands of Oromo families have been forcefully displaced from their ancestral lands with
no, or very little, compensation. These unconstitutional displacements did not only make the
families poor and destitute but negatively impacted their culture, language, identity, and general
Despite continued protests by Oromo students, farmers, and the general public against
Ababa Master Plan without any consultation with the stakeholders. The plan expands Addis
Ababa’s border to 50-times of its current size, potentially displacing millions of Oromo people
from their farmland. Historical marginalization coupled with TPLF’s illegal policy of
people and addressing their demands, the TPLF resorted to its violent rhetoric by killing over
800 people most documented by several human rights organizations.
These killings, however, did not deter the heroic Oromo people from continuing their struggle
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when their army, accompanied by helicopters gunship, massacred over 678 people who came
out to celebrate the Irrechaa, an Oromo thanksgiving festival. Angered by such atrocities, the
government has done everything in its power, including the creation of conflicts between
2016. It is to be remembered that Oromia is already under martial law since December 2016
and the state of emergency is not going to change the dynamics on the ground. This
declaration is nothing but a license for the military to continue killing more people and
reestablish the superiority of the minority Tigrean elites.
It is a mockery that the declaration states “the state of emergency will not breach basic human
respect human rights and have demanded a fundamental change. The system is rotten and
of the problem. Instead of invoking articles that suites its cause from the constitution, TPLF
needs to respect the constitution and abide by its rules.
Contrary to TPLF’s assertion that these protests are supported by external governments or
is TPLF’s character to use a neighboring state or group as a scapegoat every time people ask
peoples have known their lies for the last quarter of a century and will never give them the
legitimacy that they are seeking by pointing fingers to foreign elements.
relinquish the power and be accountable for crimes they have committed against the Oromo
be distracted by the declared state of emergency and redouble their struggle to remove this
the Oromo people to free yourselves from the yoke of oppression. We remind again the
and we have to stand together to solve it once and for all by removing this fascist regime.
Ethiopia accountable for crimes it has committed and is about to commit. The declared state
government that is responsible.
Victory to the Oromo people!
Oromo Liberation Front
October 10, 2016