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The EPRDF/TPLF Security Agents Continue Their Arrest and Intimidation of Innocent Oromos

Posted: Sadaasa/November 1, 2008 · Finfinne Tribune | Gadaa.com | Comments

Wave of Arrests

Readers: use OromoIndex’s list of international organizations to get the word out about violations of human rights in Oromia.

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Lagasaa Waagii: Seenaa Gabaabaa

Legesse WegiOromoNet – Dec 22, 2008 – Jaal Lagaasaa Wagii abba isaani obbo Wagii Meetta fi haadha isaani addee Buzunaash Ayyaana irraa bara 1960,Godiina Lixa Shawaa, konyaa Mannaa, Aanaa Shinoo Meettaa Robii, ganda Kuyyuu Giccii jedhamtuu keessatti dhalate.

Jaal Lagaasaa Wagii umriin isaa barmootaaf yeroo gahu, mana baruumsa sadaarka tokkoffaa Bakkamee jedhamuuti kutaa 1-4 barate. Barnoota isaa kutaa 5-8 ammoo mana barumsaa Hinccinniitti barate. Sana booda gara Finfinneetti deemuun barumsa isaa itti fufuun kutaa 10-11 magaluuma Finfinneeti barate.

Jaal Lagaassaa Wagii erga barumsa isaa haga kutaa 11ti barate booda barnoota akadaamii dhiisee baruumsa Makaanikummaa fi Konkoolaata oofu bara 1975 keessa barateera. Oguummaa isaa kananiis hojiilee adda addaa irraatti bobbahuun hojjaachaa ture. Jaala Laggaasaa Wagii hojii daldala irraatti bobbahuun magaala Dirree Dhawaa keessaati waggaa torbaaf kan jiraachaa turan yeroo tahu, hojiidhuuma daldala kanaaf meesha daldaala adda addaa fe'achuun gara Dhiha Oromiyaa deemuun daldala itti fufe. Read More.

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Speak Up! Speak Out! Against Injustice NOW!

Sign this petition: Call for Immediate Release of Oromo Detainees in Ethiopia

The first two videos below reveal the inhumane prison conditions in Oromia. The work of the Prison Fellowship Ethiopia is commendable; however, working to improve the conditions of prisons, which are mainly there for prisoners of conscience and should have never existed in the first place, alone does not address the root causes of the problems. The system of injustice and oppression must be done away with in order to have no such prisons. The justified facelift for these prisons is demolition and the unconditional release of all prisoners of conscience they inhumanely house.

From Mr. Asafa Dibaba's poetry book titled “Decorous Decorum” (My People). Mr. Dibaba, a lecturer at the Addis Ababa University and an accomplished poet, was arbitrarily arrested early Nov 2008 by the Woyane security forces.

I have a House

     I have no Home

I have a Land

     I have no Country

I have a People

     I have no Nation Nor Nationality Or
     Citizenship

I am subject

     I am on Exile On my Fatherland

Read a Nov 2006 interview with Mr. Dibaba.

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Ethiopia: Oromo Face Increased Repression
World Politics Review – Dec 11, 2008 – Ethiopia’s ethnic Oromo people have been in conflict with the state since they were forcibly integrated into the Amhara-dominated Ethiopian empire at the end of the 19th century. However, the arrests of at least 100 Oromos since Oct. 29, including the secretary general of the Oromo Federalist Democratic Party (OFDM), without warrant or charge is an indication that the conflict is intensifying.

The 53 Oromos still being detained by the authorities also include three human rights workers, teachers, students and successful businessmen. They have all appeared in court three times since their arrest on allegations of supporting the outlawed militant group, the Oromo Liberation Front, but have yet to be formally charged. As is common practice in Ethiopia, the court keeps extending their illegal incarceration to give the Ethiopian police and intelligence services more time to gather evidence. Read More.

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Parties blast intelligence service, federal police

EthioPolitics – Dec 1, 2008 – The Oromo Federalist Democratic Movement (OFDM) and Oromo People’s Congress (OPC) said in a joint statement that the National Information Security Service (NISS) and the Federal Police have no right to engage in a defamatory campaign against them by implicating them in subversive activities.

The joint statement says that both parties are legally registered parties with many elected MP’s. They said that their means of achieving their political goals is only through a peaceful and legal way.

The parties questioned whether the two institutions have the right to engage in an act of defamation against parties which respect the constitutional order and strive towards building a democratic order. They said that these two national institutions should stay out of party politics.

OFDM & OPC also accused the Ethiopian Television of airing NISS & Federal Police’s joint statement without considering the legal ramifications since it violates provisions in the political parties proclamation as well as the constitution which protects people from defamation. Read More.

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Washington DC: Call to End Suppression of Oromo People in Ethiopia

American Chronicle – Nov 28, 2008 – The past weekend, the Oromo community in Washington DC deliberated on a number of issues: gross human rights violation of the Oromo people in Ethiopia and in East African countries, internal affairs of strengthening the coalition amongst Oromo opposition parties to challenge the regime and lobbying western governments to discontinue supporting the Ethiopian regime.

In connection with human rights, economic and political freedoms, Dr Asfaw Beyene, a dedicated Oromo scholar and activist, spoke of the importance of the role of individual in pressing for justice and freedom in repressive countries. "The individual is the most valuable resource that commands all other resources and individual must be respected," said Beyene. Beyene's keyword was for all humans to have "passion" for humanity that currently seems to be lost or misplaced. Read More.

Related: Waves of arrests continue in Ethiopia as the authorities accuse their critics of membership of the Oromo Liberation Front (Article by UOSE/TBOA. Source: UNPO)

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Charge or Free Ethnic Oromo Suspects

HRW Watch – Nov 27, 2008 – Police investigators have not charged any of the recent detainees with a criminal offense. Courts have ordered some detainees released after police failed to provide any legal basis to justify their detention. Five detainees were released in Addis Ababa along with others who were detained in Nekemte, Dembi Dollo and other parts of Oromia. But 53 remain in custody in Addis Ababa after police officials obtained a court order to allow them to keep the detainees in custody for two weeks while they gathered evidence against them. When the two-week deadline expired on November 24, the police returned to court empty-handed but obtained a one-week extension, until December 1, to find evidence that might substantiate criminal charges.

This pattern of prolonged detention without charge is routine practice … Read More.

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Mass Arrest And Killings In Oromia
Statement of OMRHO – Oromia Times – Nov 21, 2008
The Oromo Human Right and Relief Organization (OMRHO) received yesterday alarming and shocking news that at least 13 Oromos have been killed in cold blood by the TPLF regime in Northern Oromia, Wallo, at a district known as Sambatee. The reason given for the killing was their political affiliation with the Oromo Liberation Front (OLF). The precise date and their circumstance of death remain yet unknown. What is certain is that they were killed by government security forces. Read More.

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Amnesty International Appeals for Detained/Tortured Oromo Prisoners

PUBLIC AI Index: AFR 25/012/2008 (Click here to go to Amnesty International’s website)

14 November 2008

UA 315/08 Arbitrary detention/torture or other ill-treatment

ETHIOPIA

Bekele Jirata (m), General Secretary of the Oromo Federalist Democratic Movement (OFDM) party

Asefa Tefera Dibaba (m), university lecturer at Addis Ababa University

Bekele Negeri (m), businessman

Dejene Dhaba (m), businessman

Fiqadu Jalqaba (m), college student

Eshetu Kitil (m), owner of the Hawi Hotel and Desta Kitili (m), his brother

Kebede Borena (m), assistant manager of the Hilton Hotel in Addis Ababa

Leslie Wodajo (f), a journalist

An unknown number of other members of the Oromo ethnic group

Amnesty InternationalAt least 15 members of the Oromo ethnic group, including those named above have been arrested in the capital Addis Ababa and also reportedly in eastern and western parts of the Oromia region of Ethiopia, since around 30 October 2008. Most are reportedly held incommunicado in detention facilities in Addis Ababa, including Maikelawi, where torture and ill-treatment of political prisoners has been reported in the past.

Some of those detained were reportedly briefly brought before a primary court, accused of financially supporting the OLF. Some were also paraded on state television on 5 November. Amnesty International believes that those detained are at risk of torture and other ill-treatment. Read More.
Archived copy at Gadaa.com.

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EPRP: Stop the Harassment of Oromos

Abugida – Nov 17, 2008 – The repressive regime of Meles Zenawi has been jailing, killing and disappearing several thousands of Oromos and their local leaders for many years. In fact, reports coming out of the region have been indicating to us that imprisonments, extrajudicial killings and harassments have intensified in the last several weeks. Many reports have also been indicating that the ethnocentric regime has put many thousands of our Oromo compatriots in concentration camps for several years.

The dictatorial regime of Meles Zenawi has yet to desist from perceiving political opposition as a danger to its political survival. While it proclaims, largely to its foreign audience and backers, to be ushering in a democratic chapter in the country, in actual fact, it is has been harassing the people it rules and hounding its political opponents around the clock. Its current attack of the Oromos, mainly suspected members of the Oromo Liberation Front (OLF), the Oromo National Congress (ONC) and the Oromo Federalist Democratic Movement (OFDM), are continuations of its past practices. Read More.

Related: Ginbot 7 condemns the ongoing mass detention of Oromos by the Meles dictatorship (Ginbot7.org)

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Opposition confirms arrest of 94 people, urges swift action
Sudan Tribune – Nov 16, 2008 – Ethiopian authorities arbitrarily arrested 94 opposition members and Oromo nationals in different towns of Ormiya region but mainly in the capital Addis Ababa, confirmed two oppositions parties today.

Recently the Oromo Parliamentarians Council in a joint statement said that Meles-led government has put under unlawful detention to more than 100 Oromo’s of different background using the pretext of supporting the Oromo Liberation Front (OLF) as of October 30, 2008.

The council also said it has received the list of some of the arrested Oromos including university lecturers and opposition members who has been detained over twice in the past, and tortured to the level of disability.

Two Oromo opposition parties, The Oromo Federalist Democratic Movement (OFDM) and the Oromo Peoples Congress party confirmed the mass arrest of opposition members and Oromo nationals in different town of Ormiya region mainly in the capital, Addis Ababa. Read More.

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Oromo Support Group Press Release: Crackdown on Oromo Politicians and Members of Civil Society

OMRHO Press Release: Renowned Oromo Artist Zerihun Wadaajoo Kidnapped by TPLF Security Force!

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Once Again, A Political Stunt: TPLF Style
AFRO-O.org
AFRO-O.org – Nov 13, 2008 – Sensing that it would be held responsible for committing War Crimes in Somalia and Ethiopia itself, the TPLF gang now wants to hoodwink the new US administration into believing that it has to continue to be financed and equipped since it alone is democratic government that is a trusted partner to fight terrorism. To get the attention of the new US administration, the clique has already started to “cry wolf”. A case in point: all of a sudden, out of the blue, the regime first announced that there would be “an imminent terrorist attack” and then, before too long, concocted that it “lured an OLF commander and killed him and captured his accomplices”. In addition, in the past two weeks, the TPLF regime of Meles Zenawi has been rounding up innocent and peace loving Oromo people. These include members of its own so called parliament, business people, teachers, students, journalists, farmers. Read More.

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Mass Arrest of Oromo Extends to Students of Ambo Secondary School
(Ayyaantuu – Nov 12, 2008) According to reports we received from Finfinnee (Addis Ababa) several innocent Oromo nationalists, especially students of West Shoa Zone, Ambo town and its vicinity, have been apprehended. Among the arrested Oromo students of Ambo Secondary School are: Shumi Dandana, Baayisaa, Hinseenee, and Jaarraa Eebbisaa. Read More.

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Letter from Oromo Parliamentarians Council

To: The International Community
Human Rights Organizations
All Concerned Bodies

It is the high time for all concerned bodies to interfere in the gross human rights violations against Oromo from all walks of life and secure their constitutional freedom. As of 30/10/2008, the TPLF-led Ethiopian government has put under unlawful detentions more than 100 Oromos of different backgrounds in different cities of Oromiya, including in the capital city under the notorious pretext of supporting the Oromo Liberation Front (OLF). The list we have yet received includes: — Read More.

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ZerihunOromo Artist Zerihun Wadaajoo Arrested & Disappeared!
OLF News – Nov 12, 2008 Sources of OLF News from Finfinnee (Addis Ababa) reported that the famous and celebrated Oromo Artist Zerihun Wadajoo was detained on November 7, 2008 by the Wayyaanee TPLF “security” forces and his whereabout is unknown. Artist Zerihun Wadaajoo, a father of four children, is one of the pioneers, who revived, shaped, and modernized the Oromo music and culture, which were about to be abolished from the face of the earth during the successive oppressive Ethiopian regimes. He spent several years in prison during the military junta of Mengistu Hailemariam.

In the last 17 or so years nearly all famous Oromo artists, who are not willing to work or sing the political songs of the TPLF regime are subjected to harassment, arbitrary arrest, torture, open and cold-blooded and daylight murder, disappearance, and above all flee their country and take refugee in neighboring countries, Middle East, US, Europe, Canada, and Australia for fear of arbitrary persecutions. Read More.

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Martyrdom of Oromo Liberation Fighter is Honorable and Propels the Struggle
Statement of OLF
On November 5, 2008, Comrade Laggasaa Wagii, Member of the OLF Central Committee and Commander of the Oromo Liberation Army Western Command, lost his precious life in the liberation war. He participated in and/or led the Oromo liberation struggle in Western Oromia for the last seventeen years. During those years, Laggasaa registered proud heritage of shining victories in the battles against the TPLF occupation army. He is a hero, whose sacrifice inspires us to double and triple the sacred struggle for liberation of Oromia. Read More.

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Mass Arrest and Imprisonment of Oromos
HRLHA – Nov 12, 2008 – According to documents obtained by the HRLHA from its informants in Addis Ababa, a wave of mass arrest and imprisonment that has targeted prominent Oromo intellectuals and businessmen is going on in different parts of the regional state of Oromia, including the Capital Addis Ababa. The arbitrary arrest and detention, which is being carried out by an armed force brought together from regional and federal police that is particularly set up and deployed for this purpose, started following the usual allegation that the local residents harbour and/or support the opposition armed group – Oromo Liberation Front. This most recent mass arrest and imprisonment includes Mrs. Lelise Wodajo, a mother and guardian of three dependant children and wife of former ETV journalist Dhabasa Waqjira, who fled the country to escape further persecutions after three years in prison without trial. The fate of the three children of Mrs Wodajo and Mr. Waqjira, who are said to be very young, is not known. HRLHA is highly concerned about their current situation as well as their future. Read More.

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ETHIOPIAN GOVERNMENT IMPLICATES OFDM IN CRIMINAL ACTIVITIES
The Government has announced on TV this evening that it has arrested many OROMOS in connection with terrorist activities. OFDM can never cooperate with OLF because OFDM is openly and legally carrying on political activities within the framework of the Ethiopian Constitution. We have evidence that the government is preparing the ground to massively arrest and detain peaceful Oromos including law-abiding OFDM members. We do not understand the purpose of such a move because we know that the Government is fully aware of our activities, which are entirely legal and political in nature.

The government wants to intimidate and silence OFDM. OFDM has been speaking in Parliament on national issues such as famine, inflation, ethnic conflicts, etc.. and has even called on the government to invite the opposition to meet it at a round table discussion to find solutions for national problems. Read More.

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Mass Arrest of Oromo Women Intensified
A 3-year-old child detained with his mother & father

OLF News – Nov 9, 2008 – Widespread arrest of Oromos in Finfinnee (Addis Ababa) and other parts of Oromia continued, this time targeting women, including a 3-year-old child, OLF News correspondent reported from Finfinnee.

Among several women who were apprehended from their homes and work places in Finfinnee on November 4 and 5, 2008, by the government “security” forces that wear plain cloth are: 1. Mrs. Asaadaa Imaanaa, 2. Mrs. Caaltuu Taakkalaa, 3. Mrs. Urgee Abbabaa fi 4. Mrs. Dirribee (Boontuu) Ittaanaa.

Particularly, Mrs. Urgee Abbabaa is reported to have been arrested with all her family: her brother Darguu, her husband Girmaa and more shockingly, with her three-year-old child. It is clear that the above named women and many others are now being tortured and brutalized by the inhuman TPLF forces in detention centers. This is a continuation of the current wave of arrest of the Oromo people by the regime in power, as reported by OLF News and many other media outlets, including TPLF government controlled media. Read More.

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Letter from Obbo Bulcha Demeksa, OFDM Chairman
ETHIOPIAN GOVERNMENT ARRESTS WAFIDO (OFDM) GENERAL SECRETARY OBBO BAQQALLA JIRAATAA

It is with regret that we announce the arrest and detention of the Secretary General of WAFIDO (Oromo Federalist Democratic Movement) Obbo Baqqalaa Jiraataa. Obbo Baqqalaa was arrested on October 30, 2008 at aproximately 10:00am while en route to his office. He was taken back to his residence which was searched for nearly 2 hours while his family agonizingly watched. We do not know why Obbo Baqqalaa is currently being detained. Obbo Baqqalaa is a highly disciplined individual who conducts his life within the absolute boundaries of the law.

OFDM was scheduled to have its general assembly meeting on November 8, 2008 and Obbo Baqqalaa was in charge of arranging this meeting. The Office of the State Security had already been notified of the meeting and have given its approval. Therefore, we are completely taken by surprise and at this time we are unable to have any meaningful dialogue with the authorities who ordered the detention of Obbo Baqqalaa. Read More.

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Picture of detained Oromo civilians (ENA – Nov 7, 2008)
Detained CiviliansWoyane’s Form of Justice (A Mockery of Justice): These civilians are guilty with no chance of proven innocent! The Woyane government’s mouthpiece, Mr. Bereket Simon, told Reuters on Nov 6, 2008 about Mr. Jirata, one of the first to be arbitrarily rounded up recently: “It is proven he had links with groups like the OLF.” And, Mr. Simon did not need to have an independent court’s decision to prove these civilians guilty for he, as Woyane, is the prosecutor and the judge – both in one – the persecutor.

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Ethiopia says rebel leader killed in west

Reuters – Nov 7, 2008 – “Legesse Wegi, military commander and central committee member of the Oromo Liberation Front (OLF), and some of his followers were killed on Wednesday in Kelem district of the western Wellega region,” police said in a statement.

“Some of his followers were also killed, while some others surrendered to security forces, appealing for mercy,” the statement added, without giving more details.

There was no immediate confirmation from the OLF.

Earlier this week, Ethiopian authorities paraded on TV more than a dozen people they said were captured OLF leaders. Read More.

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OLF Statement on Mass Arrest: Malicious Propaganda Does Not Cover Up The Truth

The TPLF/EPRDF is staging a hilarious drama alleging to have apprehended members of Oromo Liberation Front (OLF) leadership and others who were planning anti government activities. OLF unequivocally and emphatically dismisses such allegation as fabricated and completely false propaganda intended to confound the OLF with terrorism as well as to divert the attention of the general public from the current wave of mass persecution being committed against the Oromo people.

Contrary to what the EPRDF regime is trying to convince the peoples of the country, there is un- announced mass campaign targeting Oromos across all sectors of the society and regions. As of last week, waves of mass abduction and arrest are going on targeting Oromos in all the regions. Oromo businessmen, teachers, university lecturers, journalist, members of Oromo legal political organizations who have seats in the parliament, students and peasants are being rounded up and put behind bars. Even though complete list of those detained have not fully been compiled yet, an estimate of more than two hundred innocent Oromos have so far been arrested. The wave is still continuing in all regions. Read More.

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Ethiopia arrests rebel suspects, tightens security
Reuters – Nov 6, 2008 – Ethiopia tightened security in the capital on Thursday after police said they had arrested more than a dozen leaders of the rebel Oromo Liberation Front (OLF) and accused them of plotting terrorist attacks.
The mostly middle-aged men were paraded on state television late on Wednesday alongside a stack of assault rifles that police said were seized during several raids in Addis Ababa.
Ethiopia, which is an ally of the United States and the biggest military power in the Horn of Africa, blames insurgents supported by neighbouring Eritrea for bomb blasts that killed eight people and wounded many in the city earlier this year.
Extra police were on patrol on Thursday, searching vehicles and members of the public, while car hire companies and hotels were told to scrutinise their clients thoroughly. Read More.

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Manager of Hilton-Addis & Famous Poet Among Those Arrested

Asafa DibabaOLF News – Nov 6, 2008 – The TPLF/Wayyaanee government continued massive arrest of prominent Oromos in an attempt to kill the Oromo nationalist spirit. In addition to the renowned Oromos the government security forces have arrested in the last couple of days, OLF News has confirmed that, the following prominent Oromos have been taken from their homes and sent to detention centers. Those Arrested From Finfinnee (Addis Ababa) – 1. Mr. Asafa Dibaba a teacher of the Afan Oromo language from Finfinnee (Addis Ababa) university, 2. Mr. Kabbada Borana, the manager of Hilton Hotel, 3. Mr. Nugusee Dibaba, a college student, 4. Mr. Fiqadu Jalqaba, a college student, 5. Mr. Bakala Nagari, a businessman, 6. Mr. Dajana Dhaba, a businessman. Read More.

One of Mr. Asafa Dibaba’s Poems:

I have a House
I have no home
I have a Land
I have no country
I have a People
I have no Nation
Nor Nationality Or Citizenship
I am subject
I am on Exile
On my Fatherland

From a November 2006 interview with Mr. Dibaba.

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Ethiopian government accused of mass arrest campaign under cover of terror plot

Sudan Tribune – Nov 6, 2008 – Following last weeks arrest of its leader, the Oromo Federalist Democratic Movement’s(OFDM) chairman on Wednesday has accused the Ethiopian government of waging a mass arrest against ethnic-Oromo opposition supporters in Addis Ababa using what it says “terror plot and terror links” as a cover.

“Today we have confirmed the arrest of at least 15 ethnic Oromo opposition supporters during the past 48 hours alone in the capital using the so called terror links and terror plot as a cover,” OFDM chairman and MP Bulcha Demeksa told Sudan Tribune by telephone. “I am sure this number will be at least in dozens over the night when our assessment continues by tomorrow,” he added. Read More.

FULL article here.

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Free Oromo Political Prisoners

Wollega StadiumFeatured Prisoner of Conscience: Mr. Eshetu Kitil – the owner of the famous Hawi Hotel and one of the Oromo nationalists imprisoned recently in Addis Ababa (Finfinne) – was a member of the “Big Firm Owners Coordinating Sub-Committee” for the fundraising organization planning to build the Wollega Youth Center and Stadium Complex in western Oromia. The Stadium is designed to have world-class amenities, will cost 190-million Birr ($1 ~ 10 Birr) and is expected to be completed in 2011. According to the information posted on the organization’s website, a Telethon event has been scheduled for November 9th, 2008 in Finfinne to raise funds for this project. No word yet if this event would go on as scheduled on the heel of the illegal detention of one of the organization’s prominent members. Get details about the project here.

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Ethiopia arrests OFDM leader, journalist hurt

Reuters – Nov 3, 2008 – Ethiopia said on Monday an opposition leader had been arrested for working with insurgent groups opposed to Prime Minister Meles Zenawi’s government.

Bekele JirataThe Oromo Federalist Democratic Movement (OFDM) confirmed its general secretary Bekele Jirata was picked up on Thursday as he was going to his Addis Ababa office in what it called an abuse of rights.

“It is proven he had links with groups like the OLF,” Bereket Simon, special advisor to Meles, told Reuters.

One of various rebel movements in the huge Horn of Africa nation, the Oromo Liberation Front (OLF) has been fighting for independence for the southern Oromo region since 1993 [editor’s note – factual error].

The Ethiopian government routinely accuses arch-foe Eritrea of backing the rebel group with training and financial support.

Opposition groups say they are constantly harassed by the government despite operating within the law. “At this time, we are unable to have any meaningful dialogue with the authorities who ordered the detention,” OFDM chairman Bulcha Demeksa told Reuters in an e-mail. “The constitution and other human rights laws would have been our guarantor, but…this is not the case in Ethiopia.” Read More. – (Photo Credit: OFDM website)

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Widespread Arrests of Renowned Oromos Continue in Finfinnee

OLF News – Nov 3, 2008 – Ethiopian TPLF/ Wayyaanee forces continued arresting prominent Oromo nationals and throwing them into jail, our sources reported.

Reporters of OLF News from Finfinnee confirmed that prominent and respected Oromo nationals:

1. Owner of the famous Hawi Hotel in Finfinnee – Mr. Eshetu Kitil, 2. Secretary of the Oromo Federalist Democratic Movement – Mr. Baqqalaa Jiraataa, 3. Wife of journalist Dhaabasaa Waaqjiraa, who has been in prison for a long time – Mrs. Lelisee Wadaajoo are among those thrown into jail by the TPLF/EPRDF regime forces.

While our reporters were unable to verify exactly how many Oromos had been taken into Maikelawi jail in this new wave of arrests, they verified that 15 new people were arrested on Friday, October 31, 2008 and had been brutally tortured in the prison. Read More.

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The EPRDF/TPLF Security Agents Continue Their Arrest and Intimidation of Innocent Oromos

Lelise and ChildrenA report we received from Finfinnee ( Addis Ababa ) confirmed that the Ethiopian Woyane/TPLF government has arrested the Afan Oromo TV program of ETV, secretariat typist Lelise Wodajo.

According to our sources, the TPLF security force has arrested Mrs, Lalise Wadajo Fida (Mr, Dhabasas Wajiras wife) from Ethiopian Television center the place where she works, and they took her to TPLF Maikelawi Investigation Center, on October 30,2008 at about mid day (yesterday) in capital, Addis Ababa.

According to our informants, after they arrest Mrs Wadajo from her work place, they took her to her home and after that her house is confiscated by Wayane TPLF security force. At the moment her children Jitu, Bonsen Dhabasa and Bethelim Dawit are suffering without guardian.

Mrs Lalise Wodajo is among the 60 Afan Oromo TV journalists, who were recently expelled from job as the consequence of the shut down of Afan Oromo program from ETV transmission since September 12, 2008. At this time, 60 Oromo journalists are denied entrance to the office of the Ethiopian Television Station.

It is to be recalled that OLF News has reported that as a consequence of the shut-down of the ETV Afan Oromo program the Oromo people are now denied access to information and international news and are forced to listen and watch only the propaganda of the OPDO, which is a puppet Oromo organization completely controlled by Meles Zenawi and the TPLF. The decision to shut down the Afan Oromo TV program from the federal level ETV programs is made to limit the growth and radius of influence of Afan Oromo making it inaccessible to non-Oromos and Oromos living outside of Oromia, once again an attempt to reduce or eliminate the Oromo people and their language Afan Oromo from the empire and the face of the earth.

The relatives of Mrs Lelise Wodajo appealed that all Oromos leaving at home and abroad, all governmental, non-governmental, and humanitarian organizations put pressure on the Ethiopian authorities for the injustice arrest, confiscation of property and for the life of their children who are left without parent, food and shelter.

– – OLF News

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