By | March 22, 2018

Oromo Community Organization (OCO) of Washington DC

To All Oromo

Subject: Invitation to a Peaceful Protest Rally in Washington DC

In order to be the voice for our people who are suffering from the tyrannical rule of the TPLF led Ethiopian government, and to reaffirm our solidarity with them, the Oromo Community Organization of Washington DC will hold a peaceful protest rally in Washington DC on Thursday, March 22, 2018 from 9:00 AM to 2:30 PM. The peaceful protest rally begins in front of the U.S. Capitol (Area 1) at 9:00 AM, and then continues to the U.S. Department of State, ending at the Lafayette Park in front of the White House at about 2:30 PM.

As we all know, the Oromo people are suffering severe human rights violations by the TPLF led Ethiopian government just for demanding their human rights to be respected. The dictatorial regime has brutally killed thousands of innocent Oromo, jailed hundreds of thousands indefinitely without charges, and robbed innumerable properties of the people. Since the current regime took power in 1991, it has been continuously committing crimes against humanity against our people.


Currently, the TPLF led Ethiopian government has waged an unwarranted state of emergency escalating its brutality against our people. The regime’s security and military forces have been dispatched throughout Oromia, taking over administrational duties, and imposing a military rule. Since the latest state of emergency was put in place as declared by the cabinet ministers in February 2018, the Ethiopian military rule has killed dozens of innocent Oromo civilians; among which are father and son, a 12 year boy, an educator, students, and people of all walks of life. In the most recent massacre, thirteen civilians were killed and more than dozens were wounded when the Agazi forces of the TPLF led Ethiopian Government opened fire on civilians in Borena district, Moyale town located along Ethio-Kenya border in Southern Oromia, Ethiopia.

The Oromo Community Organization of Washington DC condemns with strongest terms such a barbaric and inhuman acts perpetrated against our people by the TPLF led Ethiopian Government; and invites all Oromo in North America to join the peaceful protest rally and condemn the atrocities of the TPLF led Ethiopian government.

Standing in Solidarity with Our People,

The Oromo Community Organization of Washington DC

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