berlin4 1024x576 Ogaden and Oromo Communities Demonstrate in Berlin

Dispatch from Berlin

by Garaad Suge

November 13, 2015

The Ogaden and Oromo communities, both supporters the Peoples Alliance for Freedom and Democracy have demonstrated today in front of the German Bundestag in Berlin. The two communities turned in great numbers and their shouting shook the street of Berlin this morning.

The Demonstrators chanted

End to torture, end to arbitrary detention. Stop supporting the tyrannical regime in Addis Ababa. There is no democracy and respect of Human rights in Ethiopia! Your money is supporting death and destruction.

The Ogaden and Oromo flags and banners blazoned with Stop Ogaden Blockade; Stop Addis Ababa Master Plan; Stop forceful displacement and forced disappearances were waved and held high by the protestors.

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The Ogaden and Oromo flags and banners blazoned with Stop Ogaden Blockade; Stop Addis Ababa Master Plan; Stop forceful displacement and forced disappearances were waved and held high by the protestors.

The Oromo and Ogaden Somali Communities say that they are demonstrating against the Ethiopian government. They point out that the government is building tanks and howitzers, spending billions in fancy projects while more than 30 million people in Ethiopia are always on the brink of starvation, dependent on foreign handouts. The further state that why the leaders of Ethiopia hold periodical elections, and claim that they are new democracy which is on a learning curve and progressing towards representative democracy, so far all the progress they can show is from winning 99.7% in 2010 and 100% in 2015.

I asked Sagal “Why are you so early in the cool and forlorn streets of Berlin at the beginning of European winter”. She smiled and said, ” I am willing to bear this cold blast because I know my sisters in Ogaden are at this very moment nursing their wounds from last night’s torture and gang rape – a routine part of their lives in Jail Ogaden in Jigjiga”. Her eyes glazed then and pearls of clear tears flowed down her cheeks and she walked away ashamed of losing control.

Then I asked a young man, who said his name was bilisuma, why he was there and he forcefully said why not? “I am one of the lucky ones. My classmates ended either in Zuway in Oromia or Afar prisons, but I was lucky that day because I out nursing  a severe flu and went to my Aunt’s house, when my colleagues started demonstrating against the Addis Ababa Master plan. Some died and the rest were shipped to all corners of regional administrations in Ethiopia. I had no alternative other than to hit the road and ended up in Germany”. “today it is 15 million starving and yesterday it was development with double digit figures. That is the drama people had to live with for the past 20 years”.

The cries of the multitude in Ethiopia, expressed by the Diaspora in Europe may be loud and sad, however, will the politicians in the Ivory Towers in the capitals of the “great powers” heed or sympathise with them? History will tell.

Garaard Suge

ONA

 
 
 

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