Photo: Oromos attacked in Meisso, Western Hararghe by the Ethiopian government Security forces Source: Facebook
Six people have been killed and dozens wounded by the Ethiopian government forces in Meiso, a town in Western Hararghe of Oromia region in Ethiopia. The Oromos in Mieso took to the street once gain on Sunday, 17 January 2016 to demand the government to stop killing, torturing and jailing Oromos who were opposed to the government’s plan to expand Addis Abeba, the capital city of Ethiopia, into the Oromo region. The plan that, if implemented, would eventually evict more than two million Oromo farmers from their land with very little or no compensation.
Since November, the Oromos have been demonstrating against the Addis Abeba and Oromia Special Zone Integrated Development Plan. The protests have been peaceful until the government forces used live ammunition to control the protests. During the protests that have almost lasted three months, the Ethiopian government security forces killed more than 140 people, maimed hundreds and arrested more than five thousand people for taking part in the peaceful protests.
The government tried to stop the protests by force, but the Oromos kept protesting in every direction of Oromia facing up to the killings, torture and jailing. The defiance of the people finally forced the Oromo Peoples’ Democratic Organization (OPDO) that rules over the Oromia region to scrap the Master Plan after three days urgent meeting in Adama. However, Oromos still suspect OPDO’s decision as it is a party that has little or no power in the Ethiopian Peoples’ Democratic Revolutionary Party (EPRDF), a coalition that is ruling Ethiopia since 1991.
Though the government claimed that the Master Plan has been cancelled, the killings, the tortures and jailing has continued in many parts of Oromia. The protests are now active in Western & Eastern Hararghe Zones of Oromia where students and farmers are still expressing their frustrations against the authoritarian rule of EPRDF that have been suppressing the Oromos for the last 25 years.