The Abiy Regime’s Militia are Responsible for the Tole Massacre of West Wollega


(OLF-OLA Press Release)

The Oromo Liberation Front—Oromo Liberation Army (OLF-OLA) condemns, in the strongest possible terms, the killing of civilians in Tole Village of Gimbi district in the West Wollega Zone of the Oromia region. Despite the genocidal regime’s malign misinformation and propaganda campaigns, the Oromo Liberation Army (OLA), as a political party and liberation army, was committed to its singular objective of emancipating the Oromo people from multilayered suffering under successive repressive regimes thereby ensuring sustainable stability in the Horn of Africa region.

The Oromo Liberation Front—Oromo Liberation Army (OLF-OLA) condemns, in the strongest possible terms, the killing of civilians in Tole Village of Gimbi district in the West Wollega Zone of the Oromia region. Despite the genocidal regime’s malign misinformation and propaganda campaigns, the Oromo Liberation Army (OLA), as a political party and liberation army, was committed to its singular objective of emancipating the Oromo people from multilayered suffering under successive repressive regimes thereby ensuring sustainable stability in the Horn of Africa region.

It has now become obvious to any close observer that the Abiy regime uses the OLA as a scapegoat for any atrocity crimes it commits against civilians many of which have become undeniable against mounting evidence, and have consequently been conceded by the regime through the Ethiopian Human Rights Commission (EHRC) reports. Often, the regime perpetrates premeditated and unprovoked attacks on civilians for the sole purpose of disparaging the OLA. If recent memory serves us well, the massacre of the our Karrayyu Gada elders, the truth of which escaped between the regimes’ fingers in a matter of weeks, was masterminded primarily to defame the OLA. The current massacre in Tole of West Oromia is no different. The regime organized a militia group called “Gachana Sirna” meaning “the guardians of the regime” that wear artificial wigs to impersonate members of the OLA and commit atrocity crimes in Oromia. While disparaging the OLA is the major goal across all crimes the regime commits in Oromia, the current attack in Tole has other specific objectives:

  1.  After the recent joint operations of the OLA and GLF in Gambella had been completed, the regime begun a killing spree targeting Oromo civilians across the city of Gambella in the usual retaliatory attack. Gambella Special Forces, Federal Police and associated régime security apparatus have been hunting down Oromo civilians and extra judicially executing them in broad day light. Social and conventional media abound by evidence of execution of Oromo civilians for in Gambella. Evidence that undeniably implicate the regime in the killings of civilians in Gimbi and many localities of central Oromia was also coming out in recent days. The regimes engineered the current massacre in Tole to cover the headlines regarding the Gambella and other Oromo Massacres. 
  2.  A horrific video in which members of the regime’s army and associated militia group massacred civilians in Wollo during the so called “Menelik Campaign” —very likely committed in late December of last year, has also circulated on social media since 17th of June. The crime was perpetrated by both the regular Ethiopian security forces and the Fanno militia and, at the time of the crime, the Fanno militia was under the regime’s army command. The Abiy government has to engineer the Tole massacre to change the headlines from the Wollo Oromo Massacre.
  3. There is international pressure on the regime to organize an inclusive peace process to resolve the Ethiopian civil war. Unlike Tigray, the Prosperity Party wants to be the only voice representing the Oromo people in any possible peace talks. To that end, the regime is attempting to denigrate the OLA to deny the Oromo Cause spearheaded by OLA any voice on the international stage, and any seat on the possible peaceful resolution of the Ethiopian civil war.

Independently verifying what happens in West Oromia by credible third persons is virtually impossible. The regime has blocked the region from the rest of the world, in an attempt to prevent the international community from finding out the atrocity crimes that it commits. It keeps the region in the dark precisely to conceal its crimes and, despite the deafening silence, many in the international community know it. As always, OLF-OLA calls for independent investigations into the alleged atrocity crimes committed in Tole areas in West Oromia.

As we have repeatedly indicated in our prior press releases, we reiterate our call for ANY credible independent investigation not only into the current allegations but also all previous ones so that perpetrators are held accountable, serve justice to the victims, and adequately compensate their families.

Stabilizing the Horn begins in Oromia!
Victory to the Oromo and all oppressed people!
OLF-OLA High Command
June 20, 2022

2 thoughts on “The Abiy Regime’s Militia are Responsible for the Tole Massacre of West Wollega

  1. Prosperity party of Abiy Ahmed has organized the leaders of the campaign to dry up the Ocean(the Oromo people) to catch the Fish(OLA). These are the cabinet members of each Zone or town especially the security branch, Head of police(Federal and regional),Head of Militia,the military,Federal security and secret police and people recruited to report secretly. Although they are named as civilians, cabinet members are war leaders, they officially declared war on the Oromo people. We have to give attention into this matter. Almost all homes that are burned down by security forces have the go ahead from pp local leaders. Discuss ways of taking action against these pp leaders.
    What happened in Gambella clearly shows we have to be united and fight until we achieve our main goal of Liberating our people and Oromia. The question of Negotiation must be only for political purposes, we have to get complete upper hand militarily. Current operation by OLA is positive and must be praised.

  2. Impaayera Itoophiyaa Surphanii Oromoo Ficcisiisuun, Gabayaa Daldala Siyaasaa Ta’eera: Yammuu WBOn Weerartoota Irratti Lola Finiinsaa Jiru Kanatti, Ajandaa Bilisummaa Oromootiin Faalla Ta’e Qabatanii Duuluun, Dhiiga Ilmaan Oromoo Irratti Qoosuudha
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    Seenaan ummattoota bilisummaa isaaniitiif lolatanii milkaa’anii akka muldhisutti, ”Qabsoon Karaa Naggayaatii” fi ”Qabsoon Hidhannoo” ’wal-utuban’ malee (supportive) wal-faallessanii (antagonistic) hin beekaan. Wanti guddaan, karaa lamaniinuu ”wareegama barbaachisu kafalanii” ummata diinni jireenya dhoowwe waanjoo cunqursaa (garbummaa) jalaa baasuudha. Kana godhuu dhiisanii, sirni faashistommuua bifa jijjiiratee akka ittifufu godhuudhaaf ”siyaasaa maraanmartoo” gaggeessuun, tumsa diina ta’uudha.

    Bara 1991, WBOn hidhatee ’Woyyaanee’ fi ’Shaabiyaan’ loluudhaaf qophii irra ture. Garuu, Leencoo Lataa faati, maqaa araara jedhu jalatti dhokatanii, Woyyaanee waliin waliif galanii, waraana Oromoo 40,000 mooraratti galchanii ficcisiisaniiru. Bara 2018, yeroo Qeerroon Woyyanee jilbiiffachiisee, jijjiiramni dhiiga ilmaan Oromootiin dhufe Abiy Ahmadiin butame sanis, shira hojjatameen QEERROON kuma heddutti shallagamu akka marsaa lammaffaaf wareegamu godhameera. ”SIREE” OPDO jalatti qabna jedhamee, diinni waggoota 27 guutuu ummata keenya fixaa ture akka marsaa lammaffaadhaaf mootummaa dhuunfatu godhameera. Sababa kana irraa kan ka’e, duguuggaan sanyii kan addunyaa keessatti ta’ee hin beekne, ummata Oromoo irratti raawwatameera.

    Hardhas, duulli Impaayera Itoophiyaa kan qarree du’aa irra jiru (the Dying Empire) ”surphuudhaaf” godhamaa jiru, ”diraamaa shiraa” kan waggoota darbaniitiin (1991 fi 2018) walfakkaata. Yeroo ammaa kana, ”lolli duguuggaa sanyii” (Zamacha Minilik) Oromoo irratti labsamee, ummanni Oromoo guyyaa guyyaadhaan akka baalaatti harca’aa jira. Yeroo seenaa qabsoo Oromoo kessatti murteessaa ta’e kanatti (defining moment in Oromo liberation struggle), ajandaa Impaayera Itoophiyaa jiraachisuu (surphuu) qabatanii duula afanfaajjii gaggeessuun, qabsoo WBOn sirna faashistummaa irratti gaggeesaa jiru gufachiisuudha.

    Yaanni ‘Impaayera Itoophiyaa ”surphuu” malee Oromoo bilisoomsuun hin danda’amu jedhu, “SEERA OFIIN OFBULCHUU (SELF-RULE) kan cabsu ta’uu bira darbee, duguuggaa sanyii deggeruu muldhisa. Duulli ’Itoophiyummaa’ kan Jawaar Mohammed yeroo ammaa karaa PAARTII KFOtiin gaggeessaa jiru, mormii cimaa kaaseera. Jawaar Mohammed, “bakka bara 2018 sanitti deebi’uu qabna,” jedhee dubbatuun isaa sun, ergaa hamaa ofkeessaa qaba. Akkuma sila jedhe, QABSOON KARAA NAGAYAA, QABSOO HIDHANNOO KAN DHIIBU osoo hin ta’n, kan UTUBU ta’uu qaba. Wanti karaa Jawar Mohammediitiin hojjachaa jiru garuu, kana kan faallessuu dha. Seenaa Impaayera Itoophiyaa keessatti, OROMUMMAANII fi ITOOPHIYUMMAAN walballeessan malee waljirachisanii hin beekan. Jawaar kana quba qabaa laata? Erga kana jedheen booda, qabxiilee heddu kan Jawaar Mohammed yoo gara Awurophaa (Europe) imale kaase keessaa qabxiilee 7 armaa gaditti tarreessee kaayeera:
    1. Itoophiyaa jiraachisuun alatti, Oromiyaa qofaaf furmaanni biroo hin jiru jedha Jawaar Mohammed.
    2. “Hayyoon biyyoota alaa jiraatan, taa’anii rakkoo hafarsuu dhiisuu qaban,” jedhee jumlaadhaan nubalaalleffateera. Rakkoon ‘muldhata Itoophiyummaa’ (Ethio-centric ideology) tokko isa kana. Jawaar Mohammed, HAYYOONNI OROMOO KAN KUMA HEDDUTTI SHALLAGAMAN, SABABA WEERARTOOTAATIIF BIYYA ISAANII KEESSA JIRAACHUU DADHABANII, BIIYYOOTA AMMAA KEESSA FACA’ANI AKKA JIRAATAN, QUBA QABAA LAATA? Heddu nama gaddisiisa.
    3. “LOLAN EENYUS injifannoo hin argatu” jedha Jawaar Mohammed. Osoo dirqama ofii hin bayin waan hin barbaachifnetti uttaaluun, salphina keessa seenuu dha. NUTI KAN JENNU, WARRI KARAA NAGAYAATIIN qabsoofna jedhanis karaa isaanitti fakkaateen qabsaa’anii diina raasuu qaban. Gareen QABSOO HIDHANNOO deggeranis qabsoo WBOn finiinsaa jiru cimsanii diina Oromiyaa keessaa qulqulleessuu qaban. Kanaan alatti wanti lallabamu hundinuu, madaallii kamiinuu fudhatama hin qabu. Yoo dhuguma Oromoo bilisoomsuu dhaaf kan qabsoofnu ta’e, HUNDA DURA, garaagarummaa keenya “WALIIF KABAJUUN” barbaachisaadha. Yoo kun ta’uu baate, gatiin warri lallaba’aa deemu kafalan ulfaataa dha.
    4. Jawaar Mohammed, Impaayera Itoophiyaa “surphuu” malee (akka inni jedhutti Itoophiyaa haarawoomsuu malee), kophaatti (addatti) biyya bilisoomte qabaachuun hin danda’amu jedhee, jala sararee Oromoo akeekkachiisera. Jawaar akka mootumma Abiy Ahmad waliin hojjachaa jiru ifatti muldhiseera. “ANI JIJJIIRAMEERA” jedhee kan Oromootti himaa jirus kanuma. Asirratti wanti beekkamuu qabu, akka waggoota darbanii san (1991, 2018), fedhii namoota ‘Itoophiyummaa’ leellisanii qofaan wanti Oromoiyaa keessatti murtaa’u tokkos hin jiraatu. Ammaan booda, dhimma Oromoo fi Oromiyaa ilaalu irratti, “LeencooLataatii” fi warri ERGAMA isaa qaban, dhiibbaa tokkos fiduu hin danda’an.
    5. “Obboleeyyan keenyatu mootumma irra jira, Ilmaan abbaa tokkoo wal-loluu hin qaban. Lolaan Oromiyaan biyya hin taatu,” jedha Jawaar Mohammed. Akkuma arma olitti kaaye san, warri muldhata “Itoophiyummaa” Abashaatiin haguuggaman, rakkoo guddaa qaban. Jawaar Mohammed, akka ummattoonni addunyaa ittibilisooman (walabooman) waan quba qabu hin fakkaatu. Qaaniidha. Karaa kamiinuu haata’uu, ummanni osoo diina isaatiin hin lolin “propogaandaa qofaan” bilisoome lafa tana irra hin jiru. KAN DUULA DUGUUGGAA SANYIITIIN OROMOO LAFA IRRAA FIXAA JIRAN, yakkamtoota waggoota 31 “maqaa Oromummaa uffatanii” DALDALA SIYAASAATIIN QABEENYA HORANII DHA. Warri Jawaar Mohammed “OBBOLEEWWAN KEENYA” JEDHU ISAAN KANNEENI. Nafxanyoonni Woyyaaneen bixilte kan Afaan Oromoo dubbatanii, ilmaan Oromoo qalanii bineensa nyaachisan, akka OBBOLEEWWANIITTI yoo kan laallaman ta’e, qabsoon amma Jawaar Mohammed gaggeessaa jiru kan weerartootaatiin addatti kan lallamuu miti.

    6. Jawaar Mohammed, “Itoophiyaa NUUF TAATU SURPHINEETI Oromoo DIMOKIRAASIIN BULCHINA,” JEDHEETI DUBBATA. “ITOOPHIYAAN OROMOO DHAAF TAATU YOOMIILLEE JIRAATTEE HIN BEEKTU. OFDURANAS HIN JIRAATTU.” Impaayerri Minilikootaa kan human qawweetiin ijaarame, qabsoo hidhannootiin diiggamuu qaba.
    7. Jawaar Mohammed, wa’ee Sooriyaa (Syria), Libyaa fi kan biros kaasuudhaan, Oromoon akka hin lolanne sodaachisuu barbaada. Wanti nama qaanessu yoo jiraate, Jawaar sadarkaa hardha ummannni Oromoo, keessattuu QEERROON irra gaye beekuu dhabuu isaati. Muldhanni (ideology) Jawaar Mohammed irratti cichee gaggeessaa jiru, kan akka qoosaatti laallamuu miti. “Fuula lama” muldhisanii, “bakka lama dhaabbatanii,” Oromoo dhugaa ta’uun gonkumaa hin danda’amu.

    Leencoo Lataa (yohannes Lataa), “yeroo lammaffaaf” Impaayera Itoophiyaa SURPHEE, qabsoo Oromoo diigee, Oromoo ficcisiisuudhaaf “PP” waliin tooftaa dullome eegaleera. Jawwar Mohammedis “yeroo lammaffaaf” siyaasaa walxaxaa keessa galuudhaan, ummata isaaf jedhee wareegama olaanaa kafaleen walitti bu’uu eegaleera. PAARTILEE Oromoo keessatti maandheffatanii Oromoo fi Oromiyaa diiguun waan aadaa ta’eef, yomiyyuu caalaa ofeeggannoo godhuun barbaachisaa dha. BARRI NAMA TOKKO WAAQEFFATAN AWWAALAMEERA. Walmormuun guddina.

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