Ethiopian security forces have opened fire on Oromo students at Jimma, Haromaya, Ambo, Wollega, Bule Hora, Madawalabu, Metu, Adama and Dire Dawa universities during peaceful protests killing at least 47 protesters, sources said.
At least 10 students were killed in Ambo while three others were shot dead at Madawalabu University on Wednesday, according to eyewitnesses. Other universities like Bule Hora, Mada Walabu, Adama, walega and some elementary and high school students of Ambo town, Nakemte Town and Dembi Dollo town and other towns have largely joined the protest too.
— Jamaal (@jamiyye) May 1, 2014
Ethnic Oromo students in Ethiopia are ratcheting up opposition to the territorial expansion of the Horn of Africa nation’s capital, Addis Ababa. Thousands of students at all eight regional universities in Oromia, the largest of Ethiopia’s federal states, turned in recent days to demand an immediate halt to the city’s so-called “Integrated Development Master Plan,” unveiled earlier this month.
Tuesday 29 April, an estimated 25,000 people, including residents of Ambo town in central Oromia, participated in a city wide demonstration, in the largest show of opposition to the government’s plans to date.
Oromo students and the wider community 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.
Video: #OromoProtests – A Day After the Ambo Massacre, Finfinne University Oromo Students Defeated Fear and Fought Back TPLF over the Addis Ababa Master Plan and the Killings in Ambo on April 30, 2014
Advocate for Human Dignity reported their contact on the ground has documented that in Oromia cities including Ambo, Guder, Bale, Adama, Nekemt, Haromaya, Gimbi,Nejjo, Horro Guduru, and Addis Ababa dozens have been killed and several hundred jailed incommunicado by the Ethiopian government. The detaining of the online bloggers known as “zone9ers” in the capital Addis Ababa remains an example of worsening hostility by the government against press freedom in the country. The atrocious acts of beatings and killings being carried out against Oromo students by the government is evidence of discriminatory and persecutorial acts that are sufficient enough to warrant serious actions by international justice organizations.
As an international human rights organization that stands and advocates for dignity and equality of all human beings, we express our deep condolences to the relatives and families of those who lost their lives in the Oromia region of Ethiopia. We would like to take this opportunity to call on all other organizations to listen to the voice of the people in Ethiopia.
— Addis Standard (@addisstandard) May 1, 2014
Solidarity with #OromoProtest Rally’s