Abiy Ahmed orders machine guns fired on Oromo protesting at Irrecha holiday

Abiy Ahmed orders machine guns fired on Oromo protesting at Irrecha holiday

AuthorProfessor Tony MaganaPosted onOctober 3, 2021TagsAbiy Ahmed, addis ababa, Amhara expansionists, Bishoftu, Irrecha, jawar mohammed, oromia, Oromo Liberation Army, oromo protest Abiy Ahmed, Oromo shot at religious holiday, Qeero

Ethiopia welcomes celebrants of Irrecha holiday with machine guns in Addis Ababa today

(blog.ethiopianeurosurgery)—Instead of coming to the major Oromo cultural event of the year,  Abiy Ahmed, Prime Minister of Ethiopia and of Oromo ancestry,  decided instead to send armed soldiers and pickup trucks mounted with high caliber machine guns. Witnesses from the scene report that unarmed Oromos began to protest the jailing of Jawar Mohammed and others while shouting “down with Abiy!”. In response the large crowd was sprayed with bullets killing many. Doctor contacts at Paulos Hospital in Addis Ababa report many causalities, at least more then 10,  some in serious condition have so far been received.

Seven died from gunshot wounds and at least 10 sent to hospital at the Addis Ababa Irrecha celebration

This week the Oromo people of Ethiopia who make up the largest ethnic group of over 30% celebrate a special holiday called Irrecha. It signifies the end of the rainy cold season. The event usually occurs near a large body of water to honor the nature deity, Waaqa, and give thanks for the blessings of the past year.  It is more than a religious holiday as Oromia of all faiths Christian and Muslim also celebrate the holiday as a day of unity and cultural recognition.

Abiy Ahmed’s father was Oromo and in his Parliamentary position, Abiy Ahmed was a representative of the Oromo area just north of Addis. His rise to power was fueled by Oromo leader, Jawar Mohammed, and his Qeero (bachelor) movement. However since taking power, the PM switched allegiance to Amhara expansionists who have a long history of enslaving and denying rights to the Oromo. He has jailed on charges of terrorism many of his previous Oromo supporters and mentors including Mohammed. An armed resistance, the Oromo Liberation Army, is growing by the day in hopes to depose the Prime Minister who they see as a traitor to the Oromo cause.

Tomorrow a major celebration is planned at a sacred lake in Bishoftu a short distance from Addis Ababa. However, now security forces are blocking the highway connecting from Addis Ababa trying to stop the gathering. Apparently Abiy Ahmed fears that more protests against the government will occur embarrassing the PM that his own people are against him while this week he is in the midst of the upcoming presentation of his new Prosperity Party government this week.  Many Oromia and others feel these elections in their regional state were unfair to opposition parties.

Author: Professor Tony Magana

Professor Tony Magana is Head of the Department of Neurosurgery, School of Medicine, College of Health Sciences at Mekelle University in Mekelle, Ethiopia. He directs a neurosurgery residency and training program as well as neuroscience research. 

1 Comment

  1. A good article but with one correction…Abiy’s ADOPTIVE father was an Oromo not his genetic father. He is a progeny of the cross breeding of an Amhara Bar Server ( her own people, the Amharas, call women who do this type of job a terrible name which I am not going to repeat ) and an Eritrean cross-country
    Bus Driver…

    He was RAISED by an Oromo father, nonetheless. However, he turned around and ‘BIT the hand that fed him,’ and that is as far as you can really go with this terrible tale! See the following article by Mr Ibrahim Hassan Gagale:

    https://kichuu.com/ethiopia-is-prime-minister-abiy-ahmed-ethiopian-or-eritrean/

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