OLA High Command Statement (05/04/2021)

OLA High Command Statement (05/04/2021)

The Illegitimate Ruling Clique of Ethiopia Has Once Again Quashed the Prospect of Peaceful Resolution of the Catastrophic Political Conflict in the Country
(OLA High Command)
 
In its April 27th, 2021 statement, the Oromo Liberation Army raised its concerns about the dire economic and political crisis that Ethiopia has descended into. The OLA proposed an eight-point plan that outlined a pathway towards peaceful resolution and democratic elections. Furthermore, the OLA also declared its readiness to cooperate with all stakeholders who have a similar interest in putting a permanent end to the suffering the peoples of Ethiopia are enduring.
 
The Oromo Liberation Front and the Oromo Federalist Congress, the two main Oromo political parties who were systematically pushed out of participating in the national elections, issued similar press releases calling for an all-inclusive national dialogue to salvage the country from the deepening political, economic, and security quagmire. Likewise, the international community, including the United States of America, also called for peaceful resolution of the ongoing catastrophic war in Tigray and raised important questions about the legitimacy of the planned national election. They advised that the sham election would only serve to further escalate tensions and plunge the country even deeper down a spiral.
 
The Abiy regime’s response to these calls for peace was the May 1st, 2021 declaration passed by the Council of Ministers. By passing this declaration, the illegitimate clique has once again revealed its despotic nature and insensitivity to the plight the peoples of Ethiopia have been facing due to extrajudicial killings, illegal imprisonments, life insecurity, and unbearable economic hardships. Despite the OLA’s good intentions, it is now clear that the illegitimate Ethiopian government has stubbornly chosen the path of war and destruction to achieve its sole objective of remaining in power at any cost. “Shene” is a vague label used by the Abiy regime as both a scapegoat and a term for any Oromo that the illegitimate clique wishes to target and destroy. The illegitimate clique has worked very hard into building the “Shene” bogeyman and using it as justification to kill, imprison, and torture the Oromo people with impunity. In practical terms, giving the “Shene” label a terrorist designation is a declaration of war on the
 
Oromo people and an indication that the brutal crackdown waged on Oromo opposition to the Abiy regime will only grow more intense. We have already seen the first sign of this in the recent treatment of Oromo Liberation Front chairman, Mr Dawud Ibsa, who has been a steadfast proponent of free and fair elections. Abiy Ahmed has made it more than clear that he only believes in rule by the barrel of the gun. We truly regret the missed golden opportunity to peacefully resolve the ongoing catastrophic conflicts and mitigate the suffering of our people.
 
We would like to inform the international community and the peace-loving Ethiopian masses that is has become the OLA’s imperative to take all measures permitted within the confines of the Geneva Conventions to emancipate its people from the yoke of the illegitimate oligarchs holed up in Finfinnee. The OLA will engage in total war to remove this illegitimate clique from power and to finally enforce the constitutionally enshrined right to self-determination for the Oromo people and other oppressed nations of Ethiopia. While the path may be difficult, there is no doubt that victory and freedom are in sight.
 
The OLA would like to reiterate once again that taking the route of armed struggle to resolve the more than a century old plight of the Oromo nation was never our first choice. We have been forced to take this path by the actions of successive Ethiopian regimes. Since the rise of this new tyrannical clique in 2018, we have extended the olive branch in good faith countless times only to be rebuffed and have our good faith exploited. The current illegitimate clique that calls itself the “Prosperity Party” will be held solely responsible for all damage and pain that will result from the continuation of armed conflict in Oromia and Ethiopia.
OLA High Command
May 5th, 2021

(OLA High Command May 5th, 2021)
 
“We would like to inform the international community and the peace-loving Ethiopian masses that is has become the OLA’s imperative to take all measures permitted within the confines of the Geneva Conventions to emancipate its people from the yoke of the illegitimate oligarchs holed up in Finfinnee. The OLA will engage in total war to remove this illegitimate clique from power and to finally enforce the constitutionally enshrined right to self-determination for the Oromo people and other oppressed nations of Ethiopia. While the path may be difficult, there is no doubt that victory and freedom are in sight.
 
The OLA would like to reiterate once again that taking the route of armed struggle to resolve the more than a century old plight of the Oromo nation was never our first choice. We have been forced to take this path by the actions of successive Ethiopian regimes. Since the rise of this new tyrannical clique in 2018, we have extended the olive branch in good faith countless times only to be rebuffed and have our good faith exploited. The current illegitimate clique that calls itself the “Prosperity Party” will be held solely responsible for all damage and pain that will result from the continuation of armed conflict in Oromia and Ethiopia.”

2 thoughts on “OLA High Command Statement (05/04/2021)

  1. Donot devalue the unfathomable sacrifices made so far by releasing war prisoners untimely and ostensibly for political gain on said:

    Tigray defense force(TDF)officials are contributing hugely to the massacre of our People, destruction and total demolition of public and private properties of Tigray.

    Why and how ? TDF officials are releasing prisoners of war (POWs) reluctantly . Based on the videos posted by some Tigrean activists and youtubers , these officials are quite politically motivated and paying less attention not only to the life of unarmed Civilians , but also that of the armed Tigrean fighters who are member of TDF.

    NO one could accept you , if you shamelessly dare to tell us that Tigray defense force members are equipped with sniper-proof bullet proof glass and could avert a surprise guided-missile attack and no single TDF member has died in this conflict .The idea is We are sacrificing our heroes and loved ones in this war famed to have no rules .In the process of defeating and capturing enemies, We could easily assume that we lost and we are losing many youngesters – our fallen heroes who gave up their souls for their people and land.

    The saddest story is that our leaders are reducing all these pricesless sacrifice to nothing-sending war criminals to their homes and allowing them to make fun of the bloody sacrifce made by every unarmed Tigraway and TDF member!
    Those POWs from ENDF, Amhara militia and Fanos along with Eritrean defense forces are unfortunately getting the second , sometimes third chance, to reorganize themselves and re-enter Tigray and massacre our people and destroy our land.
    All those civilians got killed by these POWs were fed and received a medical service by the socalled International law abiding TDF members.

    According to international humanitraian law(IHL), POWs cannot be prosecuted for taking a direct part in hostilities.  Their detention is not a form of punishment, but only aims to prevent further participation in the conflict. They must be released and repatriated without delay after the end of hostilities.  The detaining power may prosecute them for possible war crimes, but not for acts of violence that are lawful under IHL.
     IHL also defines minimum conditions of detention covering such issues as accommodation, food, clothing, hygiene and medical care.   This kind of IHL donot take all circumstances into account like that of POWs in Tigray and the capacity of governing bodies that are considered as captors.

    Releasing POWS is recommended at the end of hostilities, hindering POWS not take part in th conflict again. There are stories from Tigray,some POWS are captured twice and thrice.This endangers the lives of our people and absolutely devalue the sacrifce made by TDF memebrs.
    The higher academic institution in Mekele was looted and destroyed by the captives (POWs) who were numbered over 10,000.
    The Second World War in Yugoslavia saw a brutal struggle between the armed forces of the Third Reich and the communist-led Partisans. Despite that, the two sides negotiated prisoner exchanges virtually from the beginning of the war. Most people know the fact that captors made POWs and after the hostilities come to an end, the captors do the exchange of POWs with their enemies. However, TDF officials are setting freely war prisoners , while enmies are killing unarmed civilians in home-to home search campaign, in the streets, places of worships, monasteries and nunnery, etc . Furthermore, Amhara dominated ruling, Prosperity party, is arresting civilians residing outside Tigray, apprehending former Ethiopian military figures, experts, troops etc and putting them behind bars , torturing and some were reportedly massacred for their ethnicity.It is exceedingly illogical and inadmissble to thin that Prosperity party will treat war prisoners from Tigray while killing our unarmed civilians and children.

    However, the genocide or the socalled war (with no rules) is too far beyond the end. BTW, I dont call it war , but a premeditated and long awaited genocide that involves foreign actors and taking place not in a warfront but in towns , villages and home-to-home search killings of civilians-mothers, children, elders and churchmen etc..

    There is a local saying « a drum looks pretty in the hands of another person , but it does cause extreme unease when you are invited to play with it. You all may dare to forward such old saying to this article, but the officials involved in this act are causing a huge damage to our land and priceless lives of our people which cannot be refuted and denied regadless of their authority and educational excellence.

    Stop releasing war criminals untimely & reluctantly and dont underestimate the lost lives of Tegarus and sacrifices made by TDF -every patriotic Tigraway!

    All those POWs captured and victories racked up does indeed took pricessless lives of loved ones and we lost public and private infrastructure set up by pouring our blood, sweat , and tears !!

    Sources for additional information
    https://www.icrc.org/en/doc/war-and-law/protected-persons/prisoners-war/overview-detainees-protected-persons.htm
    https://www.britannica.com/topic/prisoner-of-war
    https://www.ndtv.com/world-news/ready-to-swap-all-prisoners-with-us-says-iran
    https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2014/06/president-obamas-fraught-prisoner-swap
    https://www.encyclopedia.com/history/applied-and-social-sciences-magazines/prisons-and-prisoners-war

    PS: Dear TDF leaders, Donot devalue the unfathomable sacrifices made so far by releasing war prisoners untimely and ostensibly for political gain. Tigray and the whole Ethiopia is a crime scene as we speak need perpetrators to be brought to justice and their massive warcrime must be subjected to judicial review by judicial powers and we urgently need an appropriate and stern legal action against genociders-Prosperity party, ENDF , Amhara militia, Fanos, ESAT,and Eritrean army leaders with the inclusion of UAE !

  2. In Abiy Ahmed’s dictionary:
    Asking for Peace = Terrorism
    Asking for Justice = Terrorism

    Asking for explanation why some eligible citizens are being denied to vote at the upcoming national election by getting Voters Card = Terrorism

    Asking for free and fair governmental election process = Terrorism

    Asking for a Legitimate governmental Representation = Terrorism

    Asking for Privacy within our own private residenial properties = Terrorism

    Asking to see a court ordered warrant while illegally getting searched in our within our private residential properties = Terrorism

    Asking for freedom of speech = Terrorism
    Asking for freedom to gather = Terrorism
    Asking for creation of job opportunities = Terrorism
    Asking for quality governmental services = Terrorism

    Outsmarting the governmental leaders in a debate = Terrorism

    Asking the government to provide protection from foreign country’s military invaders = Terrorism

    Asking the government to distribute public properties and public services fairly to all = Terrorism

    Presenting alternative style of reforming the government’s organizational structure = Terrorism

    Acknowledging the existence of the association known as the “Ethiopian government in exile” = Terrorism

    Exposing the criminals within the Ethiopian government = Terrorism

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