Oromo Protests: 2015 Highlights


December 30, 2015

The White House – Statement by National Security Council on arrest of journalists

Yahoo News [AFP] – US urges Ethiopia to free jailed journalists

VOA News – US wants journalists detained in Ethiopia set free

Mail and The Guardian – The Ethiopian and Djibouti Protests


December 29, 2015

Egyptian Street – GERD water will not be filled until study is complete

KIROTV – Protest for Ethiopian Civil rights blocks downtown Seattle Streets

DW – “We are also Oromo” – Britain’s Ethiopian Community

Global Voices – Ethiopia Censors Satellite TV Channels as Student Protests Draw Global Attention


December 28, 2015

OMN – Interview with Dr Tsegaye Regassa and Henok Gabisa [In English] – Part II

Bloomberg – Ethiopia Arrests Second Journalist in a Week, Rights Body Says


December 27, 2015

DW – Discussion with Dr Tsegaye Ararssa & two others

London School of Economics – Ethiopia’s fake economic growth borrows from ENRON’s accounting

OMN – Interview with Dr Tsegaye Regassa and Henok Gabisa [In English] – Part I


December 26, 2015

EBC – Ethiopian government response to MEDREK’s press conference

Sahara Reporters – Oromo protests shed light on Ethiopia’s long-standing ethnic tensions

The Reporter – Opposition anchor figure Bekele Gerba, OFC leaders arrested

The Reporter – HRC calls for an independent inquiry into incidents in Oromia

The Reporter – Time for Ethiopia’s ruling party to take full responsibility for its failure


December 25, 2015

Reuters – Ethiopian opposition figures arrested over land protests

Al Jazeera – Ethiopian Opposition urges scrutiny of industrial plan


December 24, 2015

LSE – Ethiopia’s economic growth borrows from ENRON’s accounting

Mail & Guardian Africa – The more things change … Ethiopia’s path remains same three years after death of former strongman Meles

VOA Amharic – መድረክ በኦሮሚያ ግጭቶች የተገደሉት ቁጥር ሰማንያ ስድስት ደርሷል ይላል

Keith Ellison [Representative for MN] – Ellison, McCollum, Emmer Send Letter to Secretary of State Kerry Regarding Protests in Ethiopia

MPR News – MN Oromos rally to protest student deaths in Ethiopia

EthioTube – Meet EBC by Tefera Gedamu – Interview with Ato Getachew Reda, Government Communication Affairs Minister


December 23, 2015

European Union – Statement by the spokesperson on recent clashes in Ethiopia

VOA – Ethiopia’s Oromos Tread Warily Amid Anti-Government Protests

Foreign Policy – Revolt in African Stasi State

DW – Oromo Protests set to continue in Ethiopia

Civil Rights Defenders – Escalation of human rights violations in Ethiopia must stop and an independent investigation is required

Daily Mail – Ethiopia Opposition: 80 killed in protests against land plan

The Guardian – UK gives Ethiopia £30m to fight drought similar in scale to 1984 crisis


December 22, 2015

AFP/Yahoo – Blood and terror in Ethiopia as protests sweep the streets

CPJ – Ethiopia arrests journalist after channel reports on protests

First #OromoProtest [Ginchi, West Shawa – November 12, 2015]

VOA Amharic – Interview with Dr Tsegaye Ararssa

ECADF – ጎዳናው የት ያደርሳል? (ከተስፋዬ ገብረአብ)

VOA Amharic – በኦሮሚያ የተለያዩ አካባቢዎች ዛሬም ችግር ነበር


December 21, 2015

Huffington Post – What’s behind the Oromo rebellion in Ethiopia?

Times of Malta – Oromo community in noisy Valletta protest

Melbourne Youth – I stand with #OromoProtests


December 19, 2015

Euro News [Video] – Ethiopia: dozens of protesters killed by security forces, claims Human Rights Watch

DW [Video] – Scores dead in Ethiopian protest crackdown, says rights group

Yahoo News – Ethiopia industrialization drive met by violent protests over land

Aljazeera America – Opinion: Protesters in Ethiopia reject authoritarian development model – By Awol Allo [Dr]

“The Oromo students’ defiant protests are a response to decades of systemic and structural marginalization”

NPR – Crackdown Turns deadly in Ethiopia as Government Turns Against Protesters

NPR – Audio

OPride – Ethiopia’s fake economic growth borrows from ENRON’s accounting

VOA Amharic – ከሕግ ባለሞያ አቶ ጸጋዬ ረጋሳ አራርሳ ጋር የተደረገ ቃል ምልልስ (ክፍል አንድ)

The Reporter – ‘Putting the genie back in the bottle’


December 18, 2015

HRW – Ethiopia: Lethal Force Against Protesters

“Military Deployment, Terrorism Rhetoric Risk Escalating Violence”

BBC [Video] – Ethiopia: Funerals for protesters following clashes

BBC – US ambassador calls on Ethiopia to ‘use restraint’

Hank Cohen’s Africa Blog – On Ethiopia

US Department of State – The United States Concerned By Clashes in Oromia, Ethiopia

The Guardian – ‘Stop the killing!’: farmland development scheme sparks fatal clashes in Ethiopia

“As government plans to build on Oromo farmland around Addis Ababa spark widespread protests, an increasingly brutal crackdown by the government has sparked fears that excessive force may become the norm”


December 17, 2015

BBC – Ethiopia: Amnesty warns against ‘brutal crackdown” on protesters

The Independent – Ethiopia security forces kill up to 50 people in crackdown on peaceful protests

“Attempted land grab by Ethiopian government has led to violence against ethnic group”

VOA News – ‘Unprecedented’ Protests in Ethiopia Against Capital Expansion Plan


December 16, 2015

Amnesty International USA- Ethiopia: Anti-terror rhetoric will escalate brutal crackdown against Oromo protesters

Addis Standard – Oromo protests: defiance amidst pain and suffering

The New York Times – Ethiopians on Edge as Infrastructure Plan Stirs Protests

Bloomberg – Ethiopia Growth Clashes With Politics as Oromo Protests Rise

“More than 50 people killed while demonstrating, activists say”

“Unrest shows conflict of authoritarian plans, ethnic rights”

Ethiopia Communication Affairs Office [Getachew Reda]- Press conference [The infamous speech]

Abugida – Oromo Uprising: Danger and Opportunity By Messay Kebede

VOA – Opposition: More Than 40 Killed in Ethiopia Protests

Mail & Guardian – The ‘Ethiopian model’ runs into a wall; economic ambitions clash with politics as Oromo protests surge

UNPO – Oromo: Economic Growth Leading to Inevitable Ethnic Tension?


December 15, 2015

Reuters Africa – Protests in Ethiopia leave at least five dead, possibly many more

EBC – Press Release from Oromiya Regional State

OPride – The great unraveling: a political endgame is underway in Ethiopia

Bloomberg – Ethiopian police kill four during Oromo protest, witnesses say

“About 50 people have been killed since Nov. 19 across Oromia, including as many as 13 on Tuesday, said Bekele Nega, the general-secretary of the opposition Oromo Federalist Congress.”

OkayAfrica – How The Oromo Protests Are Exposing Ethiopia’s Longstanding Political Vulnerabilities

The Kojo Show [Audio] – Oromo Protests In Ethiopia And D.C.


December 14, 2015

Reuters – Protests in Ethiopia leave at least five dead, possibly many more

VOA – 5 killed in land protests in Ethiopia

Addis Fortune – People need to be heard

Al Jazeera [via EthioTube] – Ethiopia’s Oromo groups protest for rights

Jerusalem Post – Protests in Ethiopia leave at least five dead, possible many more


December 12, 2015

Gadaa – 600 Oromo farming families evicted in Sululta for the master plan just last month


December 11, 2015

The Guardian – Violent clashes in Ethiopia over “master plan” to expand Addis

Vice News – Deadly Protests in Ethiopia as Students Defend Farmers from Urban ‘Master Plan’

DW – Outcry as Oromo protests in Ethiopia turn violent

CBC News – Calgary Ethiopian community calls for action in Oromia student deaths

The Seattle Globalist – Seattle Oromos denounce “killer” Ethiopian government, demand investigation

OPride – #OromoProtests and Ethiopia’s drought may heighten the end of TPLF’s rule

Bloomberg – Explosion Hits Mosque in Ethiopia’s Capital, Causes Injuries


December 10, 2015

Bloomberg Business – Ethiopian opposition say 10 Oromo students killed at protests

Yahoo News – Ethiopia: Oromo community protests in London over “forced eviction and ethnic cleansing”

Star Phoenix – Saskatoon’s Ethiopian community protests government in home country

VOA – Several Killed in Ethiopia Oromia Protests


December 9, 2015

Global Voices – Why are students in Ethiopia protesting against a capital city expansion plan?


December 8, 2015

Al Jazeera America – Students protesting development plan met with violence in Ethiopia


December 7, 2015

Bloomberg – Ethiopian opposition say 10 Oromo students killed at protests – By William Davison


December 6, 2015

Gadaa – Two weeks in pictures


December 5, 2015

Human Rights Watch – Yet Again, a Bloody crackdown on protesters in Ethiopia

Sudan Tribune – Three students killed in protests across Ethiopia’s Oromia state

Addis Admas [Amharic] – Let’s go back to true federalism [Bekele Gerba]


December 3, 2015

FBC [Government mouthpiece] – Three died due to violence in Oromia educational institutions: Police


December 2, 2015

Addis Standard – Court passes guilty verdict on 5 of the 6 Oromo students as fresh protests rock cities

OPride – The return of Oromo student protests calls for serious reflection


August 26, 2015

NPR – Just Out Of Jail, Ethiopian Leader Brings A Sharp Message To Obama


August 20, 2015

Addis Standard – Why resist the Addis Ababa master plan? – A Constitutional Legal Exploration /


July 28, 2015

US News – President Obama is criticized for saying Ethiopian government is ‘democratically elected’

AlJazeera America – Obama’s ‘democratic’ Ethiopia comment slammed by African rights activists


July 26, 2015

The New York Times – Obama’s Visit to Ethiopia Promises Little for Human Rights Activists


July 22, 2015

HRW – Letter to President Obama ahead of visit to Kenya and Ethiopia


July 21, 2016

The Washington Times – Obama’s Ethiopia visit legitimizes authoritarian government, critical expatriates say


July 9, 2015

The Guardian – Ethiopia releases journalists and bloggers ahead of Obama visit


June 22, 2015

BBC – Ethiopia election: EPRDF wins every seat in parliament


May 20, 2015

Aljazeera America – Opinion: Washington enables authoritarianism in Ethiopia – By Awol Allo [Dr]

“Blanket US support for the Ethiopian regime risks dismantling the country’s already beleaguered opposition.”


May 16, 2015

Addis Standard – Bekele Gerba speaks!


May 14, 2015

The Global African – Land Grabs in Ethiopia & The Legacy of Belgian Colonization in Congo


April 18, 2015

“Ethiopia, Washington’s security partner and Africa’s second most populous country, is scheduled to hold national elections on May 24. The ruling Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) and its allied parties won 99.6 percent of the seats in the last round of elections in 2010. There is no doubt that the ruling party will win again.”

Author: Admin

This website is launched in order to memorialize the victims of State violence in Ethiopia. We seek to show the tip of the iceberg of the victims of violence inflicted by the Ethiopian government on its own citizens in general and the Oromo people in particular.

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