The OLF-OLA Condemns the Killing of Civilians by Abiy’s Security Personnel


(OLF-OLA Press Release)

Another agonizing killing of civilians has been staged by the murderous Prosperity Party regime in Hawa Galana district of Kellem Wollega zone yesterday. The Oromo Liberation Front—Oromo Liberation Army (OLF-OLA) condemns the killing of civilians in Hawa Galan, Kellem Wollega Zone of the Oromia region. We at the OLF-OLA send our deepest sympathies to the victims and their families! 

  1. Abiy Ahmed and his ‘media’ outlets should not be trusted. Media reports that base their reporting on the regime’s accounts should not be trusted either.

After an unending barrage of lies bordering on the pathological—personally from PM Abiy Ahmed Ali—and his media outlets, the overwhelming majority of our people and most in the international community are hard pressed to take the regime and its leadership seriously. However, we still come across some in the international media that run stories simply on the account of the regime’s media reports and statements of its leadership. This should be corrected forthwith. 

Just four days ago on July 1, 2022 the regime’s Communication Minster told the world that a coalition of the ENDF, Federal Police, Oromia Special Forces and local militia have total control over all districts in Kellem Wollega, West Wollega and Horro-Guduru Wollega zones. And, in the last four days the regime has been telling the nation that it has strengthened its positions in West Oromia. Yet, yesterday, with the commission of atrocities against civilians in Kellem Wollega—an area the regime claimed to have total control over just four days ago—the authorities in Finfinnee insinuate that the region is, somehow, under OLA’s purview. Both claims are evidently false. The regime never had total control over anything. It, however, controls the areas where atrocities have been committed as can be seen from the blockade—both geographic and informational— that it imposes on access to the areas. There is ultimately no reason to trust anything that comes from Abiy Ahmed and his media machine.

  1. Atrocities follow the footsteps of Abiy’s troops.

When the regime’s troops roamed areas of western Oromia, before the Tigray war begun on the 4th of November 2020, there were reports of atrocities in western Oromia chiefly one committed in Gulliso in early November 2020 which the regime used as one of its concocted preludes to invade the Tigray region. 

During the height of the war in the north, there was virtually no regime army in Wollega, nor were there any reports of atrocities. The OLA was recruiting and training in the thousands while also conducting operations against the limited number of regime security in the area. 

Since the lull in the north from late December last year, the number of Abiy’s troops started to rise dramatically in Wollega, so did the reports of atrocities. From the Gidami Massacre in January, reports of atrocities begun to surface with the rise of Abiy’s troops in Wollega in the tens of thousands. 

The regime has now deployed more than twenty-one ENDF divisions—nearly half of the Ethiopian Army—in mainly two small zones in West Oromia: in Kellem and West Wollega. These include five commando divisions and two republican guard commandos. Most of these forces are not directly engaging with our forces. They are harassing, killing and burning villages in their path.

There are Amhara and other minorities in many places in Oromia outside of Wollega. There are a considerable number of ethnic Amharas in West, North and East Shewa zones where members of OLA conduct multiple operations. The same is true in Southern and parts of Eastern Oromia. Why are atrocities coming only from Wollega?

While the international community is putting pressure on the regime to organize an inclusive peace process to resolve the Ethiopian civil war, the Prosperity Party is ballooning the number of its divisions in Wollega—where the regime believes is OLA’s strong hold—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. In that process, Amhara civilians in Oromia have simply become disposable chess pieces for the lunatics in 4-kilo palace. The Oromo tradition is one that sanctions the killing of animals and improper chopping down of trees. Such a cycle of civilian tragedy is simply unheard of in our history. The Amhara community in Oromia live with their ethnic Oromo neighbors in peace. There are also past and current members of the OLA that come from the Amhara community of Oromia— including those that have risen through the ranks to commanding positions of the OLA.

  1. Who is Shene anyway?

As we have repeatedly indicated, there is no known politico-military establishment called Shene in the Horn of Africa. Shene is a name given by the Abiy regime to Abiy’s own fakewigged Oromo speaking marauders in the Ethiopian army and local militia that Abiy Ahmed and co. personally order to commit heinous acts throughout Oromia, Benishangul and Amhara regions.

  1. National Investigation is a non-starter.

Ethiopian Human Rights Commission (EHRC) is a state-funded camouflage that masquerades as an independent human rights body. The institution and its commissioners are especially biased against Oromia, the Oromo people and Oromo Liberation Army. Recent cases in point:

  • When a video showing the massacre of Wollo Oromos in December of last year surfaced a few weeks ago, the EHRC vowed to make a deeper investigation into the matter without naming perpetrators right away even though there was red-handed video evidence. Conversely, when the Tole Massacre in Gimbi was reported two weeks ago, it blamed the OLA on the very day of the reporting without any investigations.
  • Following the reporting of the current massacre in Hawa Gelan district of Kellem Wollega yesterday, the EHRC, again, squarely put the blame on the OLA on the day of the reporting without any investigation. It also advised the deployment of government security forces to the area—impliedly exonerating the regime from any responsibility. 

We, therefore, reiterate our call for the international community to put pressure on the regime
to allow independent international investigations into all massacres committed in the country.
In this regard, we ask the UN HRC to extend the mandate of the committee established to
investigate atrocities committed in Northern Ethiopia to the entire country.

  1. What should our people do?

We call upon our people to join hands in protecting ethnic Amhara civilians that the regime is
despicably considering as disposable to score political points. We also call upon our brothers
and sisters in the regime’s army to continue to defect in droves and join your comrades in the
OLA to put an end to this terrorist government that massacres civilians every time it is
politically cornered.

  1. What must the IC do?

Instead of pursuing an inclusive political process, Abiy’s govt is taking advantage of the
‘peace talks’ and the resulting lull in the north to destroy all dissenting voices in Oromia. The
international community must, therefore, make improvements in Oromia a part of their
preconditions to normalize relations with the government of Ethiopia. Relying only on
improvements in the north to normalize relations with the regime is evidently not enough to
ensure stability in the country and the broader region.

Trading accusations over the cycle massacre of civilians is disgraceful. The international
community should heighten its pressure on the regime to sit down and negotiate with the clear
intention of resolving the outstanding political issues that drive the securitization of politics in
the country.

Stabilizing the Horn begins in Oromia!
OLF-OLA High Command
July 5, 2022

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  1. The Colonial Character of Minority Power in Ethiopia and the Making of Holocaust in Oromia: The Emerging of Colonial-Made Extremists and the Consequences
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    Ethiopian colonial empire and its tyrant leaders are in Africa, but removed from that continent in their creation and history. The occupation of East Africa by the European colonizers in the 1880s brought about historical, political and power shift in the region. It was during that colonial era in the region that the previously non-existing Abyssinian power came into existence. Immediately after the invasion and conquest, the European colonizers focused on disempowering the Oromo nation and empowering the Nafxanya settler groups. In so doing, with the direct military and material support, they brought the Abyssinian feudal overlord, Menelik Haile-Melekot, to power. From this historical period onwards, the largest and independent Cushitic people, the Oromo, lost power and their country (Oromia) colonized after bloody wars of several years.

    The living history shows that Ethiopia is a ‘Colonial Empire’ that had been made (created) by the direct help of ‘WESTERN powers in the 1880s. Likewise, from 1880s to the present, Abyssinian tyrant leaders have been ‘hand-picked’ and brought to power by the WEST. The long-running genocidal wars and the decimation of millions of ‘Oromo citizens are the outcome of advancing the ‘anachronistic colonial policy’ of “Divide and Conquer.” The ongoing ‘Ethnic Cleansing’ in the Oromia region is part of this imperialistic political programme of neo-Menelikians. Xenophobia, hate crimes and the fascistic characteristics we witness in the Ethiopian empire are emanated from the ‘colonial background’ and identity deficit of those expansionists who pursue the “Supremacist” ideology of HITLER type. The deafening Old Song of “Ethiopian Sovereignty,” the crime of lying, fabricating imaginary fears, instigating violence, provoking racial conflicts, playing dirty games with delusions and genocidal wars, are all mechanisms to create confusion and conceal their colonial background.

    From the very creation of Ethiopian empire in the 1880s to the present, every regime change in the country is followed by ’racial dogma,’ ‘genocidal violence,’ ‘state terrorism’ ‘institutional racism’ and mass murder simply because the intervention of outsiders often complicates and worsens political situations in the region than settling disputes. The worst political scenarios of 1880, 1974, 1991 and 2018 can be cited as the case in point. The major objective of Nafxanya ‘criminal regimes’ has always been to wipe-out the Oromo nation, particularly the Patriotic Forces (Heroic Figures) who are threats to their colonial system (Rule of Kibre Nagast). To that end, they organize and train all ‘Criminal Forces’ and camouflaging Oromiffa speaking infiltrators that can help them to intimidate, terrorize, destabilize, displace, impoverish and execute the Oromo citizens. The main target of the terrorist dictator, Abiy Ahmad, is to accomplish the “Colonial Mission” of Abyssinian ‘Criminal Syndicates’ (racist groups). The unfair tricks the foreign powers continued to play with the terrorist dictator, Abiy Ahmad, is the continuation of the political dramas of decades and in fact, this is extremely dangerous.
    After Nafxanya hegemonic control of the 1880s, the WESTERN powers empowered the minority settlers (Nafxanyas) led by the ‘Feudal Warlord’ called Menelik. Ensuing this, the “HANDS and BREASTS” of more than 12,500 Oromo nationals were amputated. In general, about 5 million Oromo citizens massacred. After Ethiopian Revolution of 1974 and the removal of the dictator King, Haile-Sellasie, from power, Russia stepped in as allied power in favour of the extremist Colonel, Mengistu Haile-Mariam. The intervention of Russia not only diverted and darkened the ‘positive development’ and ‘great hopes’ of the period, but also led to more internal divisions, tensions, confusions, illusions, conflicts, political treasons, confrontations and the death of millions of Oromo citizens. In much similar to feudal colonialism, the Communist Russia brought the oppressive minority (Nafxanya) to power. As the result, the transition to democracy was hijacked by the ‘Military Junta’ (Derg) and tens of millions of progressive forces, particularly Oromo intellectuals and military elites who led the Revolution to successful end were hunted down and brutally executed by the fascist minority regime of Colonel Mengistu Haile-Mariam.

    The complexity of post-Derg politics of 1991 was not different from the pernicious delusion of post-1974. The United States Government which brought Meles Zenawi to power, reversed the generous pledges it made to help democratize the fractured Ethiopian empire. This happened because of favouring the Semitic minority (Tigre) by undermining the fundamental questions raised by the Oromo people. The irony is that the loud voice of democratization was turned out to be genocidal wars in which the “image of Holocaust” pervaded the colonial empire.
    The post-TPLF/EPRDF political trickery has continued in the same fashion. The Qeerroo led ‘Non-Violent Revolution’ of 2014-2016, forced Haile-Mariam Desalegn to step down in dignity. Following this political change, the Neo-Menelikian, Abiy Ahmad, emerged out of nowhere and seized power in 2018 with the help of the United States Government. After six months of HONEYMOON, the TPLF trained treacherous figure (Abiy) returned to THE OLD BOX of RACISM and FASCISM of his predecessors. Today, the BILXIGINA CRIMINAL SYNDICATE (PP) led by Abiy Ahmad, has declared all-out GENOCIDAL WAR (ZAMACHA MINILIK) on the Oromo nation. As the result, hundreds of thousands of innocent civilians displaced, impoverished and brutally massacred; their houses burned, their domestic animals and crops destroyed. This is how Nafxanya COLONIALISM and FASCISM operate in Oromia in general, and in the WOLLO REGION in particular. The genocidal war declared against the WOLLO Oromo by Abiy Ahmad demands serious attention. We cannot close our eyes and ears when our citizens in WOLLO are ‘wiped-out’ because of their ethnic origin (because of being Oromo).

    The strategy of playing games with the agenda of negotiations and the politics of imposing sanctions have not yet produced the desired effects. This means it is most likely that negotiation tactics can create a bleak political atmosphere in which people are defeated by a sense of false hope. This is how the politics of supporting the “Losing Cause” functions in Ethiopian colonial empire. The drama of empowering self-seeker criminals in the country may unfold itself in an unseen ramifications and disastrous consequences. In this dark era of neo-colonialism, the Oromo nation has no other choice than ‘HEADING for INDEPENDENCE’ and this can happen only under the leadership of its Liberation Force – THE OROMO LIBERATION ARMY (OLA).

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