A Call for protest rally at the White House and US State Department

To: All Oromos and Friends of the Oromo,

The Ethiopian Government is waging a genocidal war on the Oromo and other people in Ethiopia. The senseless brutal crime taken against peaceful Oromo participants at the Irreecha festival by the TPLF/EPRDF security agents on October 2, 2016 is incomprehensible, repugnant and inhuman. We, the Oromo in Diaspora, are shocked and are still in disbelief. For a long time, particularly during the last elven months, the Ethiopian regime has responded to peaceful and legitimate protests of the Oromo with unrestrained violence and brutality. However, what happened on October 2 at the Irreecha festival exceeded even earlier level of violence. This was not only repressive, but a total war on the culture and religious practices of the Oromo people. Participants of the tradition Irreecha festival were attacked and killed on their most sacred ground and holiest day of the calendar. The Ethiopian government’s action is a heinous genocidal crime intended to terrorize the Oromo people and wipe out their culture.

In response to this tragic incident in which hundreds of Oromos were massacred and the widespread systematic killings, arrests and torture of protesters, the Oromo Communities’ Association in North America (OCA-NA) and the Oromo Community Organization (OCO) of the Washington Metropolitan Area call on all Oromos and friends of the Oromo to come out in unity to protest the killings and senseless brutality in Ethiopia. This protest rally is scheduled to take place in front of the White House, World Bank, IMF and US State Department on Friday, October 21, 2016 from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM.

The purpose of this rally is to strongly protest against the ongoing human rights violations and genocidal war waged on Oromos and other peaceful protesters, and condemn the killings at Lake Harsadi during the Ireecha festival on October 2, 2016. The rally will alert U.S. citizens and government, and the global community about the heinous crimes of the Ethiopian government. At the rally, we will submit petitions to the U.S. Administration to save the Oromo people from the genocidal killings and hold the Ethiopian government accountable for its atrocities by exerting utmost pressure. We will request US Government to:

• Stop the genocidal war waged on Oromia.
• Stop the killings, arbitrary arrests, kidnappings, torturing of Oromo people.
• Respect the rule of law and bring those who committed extrajudicial killings to court.
• Respect the demands of the Oromo and others people peaceful protestors.
• Release all prisoners without any pre-conditions.

We call upon all Oromo nationals living in United States and Canada, and all friends of the Oromo living in Washington D.C metropolitan area to participate in this peaceful demonstration. We call upon all peace loving people to stand with protesters for justice and peace. We urge parents bring family members and encourage friends to participate in this rally and their show solidarity with the Oromos dying at their homes in Ethiopia.

Let’s sacrifice a day to show the world our outrage against the repressive regime, solidarity to our compatriots, and commitment to our struggle!

The Organizing Committee:

5 Responses to A Call for protest rally at the White House and US State Department

  1. Surprisingly October 11, 2016 at 4:01 am #

    We have seen that 1000x and it doesn’t work, better you form a committee that guide the struggle plus talk about how to get money to help buy guns, bullets, and at the same time support Qerros

  2. Jabessa October 11, 2016 at 8:07 am #

    Dear Oromo brothers and sisters,

    This rally is going to be different from all the rallies we have had in the past. The above press release did not address all the strategies outlined. This rally will continue with hunger strike in front of the white. While we are on the strike on the night of October 21, 2016, we will have our initial mass meeting to shape our road for unified struggle until emancipation and beyond. All individual Oromos in USA & Canada from all walks of life, all Oromo civic and political organizations are invited to be apart of this historic rally so that we can make it a turning corner. In fact we need to come together and make it known that this will be the last rally. Let our next rally be in Finfine in Free Oromia. Let us come together and decide on our fate. See on October 21, 2016.


  3. Ali October 11, 2016 at 11:20 am #

    we have been protesting for so long but no one in this universe care about the on going genocide against Oromo people & others in similar situation in Ethiopia by TPLF regime with the support of major powers like US, UK and EU. We therefore have to depend on ourselves and intensify our struggle from all parts of our country top end a century long oppression once for all. we have to move for war to defeat our enemy so that our next generation will live in freedom .

  4. Gambella October 11, 2016 at 5:24 pm #

    We are calling up on all Oromo people around the globe to put all your energy together to make sure that the dictator and corrupt TPLF is out from the country. We are with you every time during all the struggle period until TPLF is down. The people of Gambella will continue to support the Oromo people war of freedom against TPLF. Thanks

  5. Jabessa October 11, 2016 at 11:13 pm #

    Let us use this rally as a tool to bring all Oromos from all walks of life together to establish a leading body. Let us start with rally and continue with hunger strike to produce tangible results. The world has heard our name “The Oromos”. Let us get some results this time. With the hunger strike, we can attract major USA mass media also.

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