Youth Association Press Release, May 22, 2001
years ago many in the international community hoped
that peace would finally come to the troubled Ethiopian
empire. However, this is not to be. By violently and
systematically pushing from the stage all credible and
genuine forces such as the OLF from the political stage
and assuming dictatorial powers, The TPLF dominated
minority regime of Prime Minister Zenawi established
a reign of terror while publicly preaching about democracy
and the rule of law. Now after the senseless war with
Eritrea that caused the death of thousands TPLF itself
is too weak to govern the empire. TPLF’s façade
of internal unity is irreparably shattered and no financial
aid from the IMF/World bank would rescue it from collapse.
is in a deep political, economic and social crisis.
The Aids epidemic is growing at an alarming rate. Poverty
is rampant. The empire’s infrastructure is crumbling.
Mass uprisings are becoming more common. On the other
hand Meles is pouring fuel on an already volatile situation
in Somalia. While Ethiopia itself is on the verge of
implosion, TPLF is also threatening the Oromo people
and other subject people of the empire with more violence
and once again proving to be a menace to its neighbors.
It could no more fool the people with its shallow theory
of "Revolutionary democracy."
thousands of Oromos are languishing in jails under extremely
difficult situations for the crime of being born Oromo
and refusing to kowtow to the dictates of the TPLF.
Following recent student uprisings the regime is intensifying
its criminal practices of mass arrests, extra judicial
killings and disappearances that parallel Mengistu’s
Red Terror. At a time when our people are under extreme
hardship, it is also orchestrating different deceptive
schemes to keep itself on power. In addition, groups
who sucked the blood of Oromia for over 100 years are
desperately vying to sneak in the confusion and regain
power on the backs of the sacrifices of our people.
Let it be known to all that the Oromo won’t allow itself
to be marginalized anymore under any circumstance. Even
the OPDO, the Trojan Hourse of the TPLF for ten years,
is finding it difficult to accept a subordinate role
for the Oromo people anymore.
is with all these in mind that OYA organized a peaceful
protest and rally to highlight the suffering of its
people and make the following calls to the Oromo, the
international community and the people in Ethiopia:
OYA calls on all Oromo patriots and all organizations
to redouble their efforts to mobilize the great Oromo
masses for the challenge of not only bringing about
fundamental change in Ethiopia but also enabling our
nation to play its central role in stabilizing the Horn.
We call on our youth in particular to expedite the just
struggle to secure and defend Oromia’s freedom from
all threats. We believe this is the time to rise in
unity and determine our destiny as a nation.
The International Community
The international community has in the past financed
minority regimes that ruled Ethiopia in the name of
divine rule, communism and currently revolutionary democracy.
When one out of every four person in the Horn and one
out of every other person in Ethiopia is Oromo, it is
sheer folly to continue to deny the primacy of the Oromo
question. The success of any credible effort to bring
peace, democracy and stability in the Horn depends heavily
on the goodwill of the Oromo. The root cause for the
many intractable problems facing the region involves
the denial of the legitimate rights of people by oppressive
regimes and the suppression of their productive capacity.
It is high time that the world community stops supporting
minority groups and reassess its perceptions about the
great stabilizing potential of the Oromo people. Until
the Oromo people are freed, stability would continue
to elude the Horn of Africa.
All Peoples in Ethiopia
Despite the sinister efforts of both past dictators
and the current power hungry TPLF clique, the Oromo
people’s quest for self-determination could not be silenced.
It is futile to refuse to make peace with this inevitable
fact. We want to reassure all people in Ethiopia that
despite the malicious TPLF propaganda you have nothing
to fear from the Oromo liberation struggle- for it is
a struggle for the deliverance of all peoples from permanent
states of war, oppression and suffering in the hands
of tyrants. Rest assured that the Oromo would remain
true to its age-old tradition of tolerance, justice
and peaceful co-existence with freedom. We call on all
people to reject TPLF’s machinations and join the Oromo
people in its struggle to overcome tyranny, and usher
in a new era of hope for all people in the Horn.
to the Oromo People!