Call for Peaceful Protest Rally in London, the UK, Against Ethiopian Regime – January 25, 2013
In response to a call by the Oromo Studies Association (OSA) to campaign against a systematic repression going on for years on the Oromo people by the current regime in Ethiopia, the Oromo Community in the UK, the Oromo Relief Association, the Oromia Support Group, the Oromo Students Union-UK, and the Oromo Youth Association have organized public demonstration.
The purpose of the demonstration is to protest against wide ranging human rights violations, including, but not limited to, arbitrary arrests, torture, extrajudicial killings and disappearances of innocent civilians (the youth and students inclusive) in the hands of dark and sinister security apparatus of the TPLF-led regime.
In particular, we will ask the UK government to:
Riyana Abdurahman, a young refugee andteacher in Somaliland, was abducted on 22 November 2012 and imprisoned in Ethiopia.
1. To giving material and political support to a repressive regime in Ethiopia, and investigate the repeated claims by human rights organizations and the mass media about the use of aid money to repress the people and sideline the opposition,
2. To put pressure on the Ethiopian government that it shall release thousands of political prisoners, including Bekele Garba and Olbana Lelisa, and Addis Ababa University Oromo students, who were arrested during the January 2013 raid,
3. To put pressure on the regime to stop evicting Oromo peasants from their own land, stop selling millions of acres of land at the cost of the indigenous people and cause serious environmental degradation,
4. To put pressure on the regime that it shall stop interfering in the internal affairs of the Muslim society to create religious conflicts.
Please join the protest and make the plight of the Oromo be heard. Your voice is of great value to them.
Place: In front of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, King Charles Street, London SW1A 2AY
Date: January 25, 2013
Time: 10am – 5pm