Merciless action (የማያደግም እርምጃ ) to apology ( ይቅርታ ) : But it would leave a long lasting irrefutable evidence of brutality, visible and invisible mark, A SCAR. Still, the questions remain unanswered.
Sunday March 13, 2016 or 04 07 2008
By Ameyu Etana
As usual, from the onset, the state branded protesters with derogatory terms, but only to see the worst to come and to inflict pains on millions. They say they’re anti-peace forces, terrorists follows, then to the flip side the state claims the question is legitimate, then again accused hundreds of thousands who flooded in more than hundreds of towns, cities, schools, colleges and universities for protesting, even employers and employees were accused of for showing solidarity to #Oromoprotests. During all these incidents, the state is operating extra judicial killings. It launched officially. State warring citizens.
What have those pregnant moms, seven years old boy, girls, fellow students, farmers even while suffering from the drought done to deserve this? How a boy who is studying is called and gunned down? Wasn’t the state that sends security forces to kill mom and brothers at home? Didn’t we see dead bodies here and there? How come nascent fellows gunned down as if they’re enemy? As if they are animals. They treated protesters as if they are outsiders. Even in this age killers of animal are brought to justice, but not who did to human beings. B/c the victims are unworthy victims.
How could millions forget these, the way the state approached their question of survival. Beyond the right to development, we witnessed millions who have fought barehanded for life. They all died demanding constitutional rights that are rightfully theirs. They all gunned down by the state that praises itself for providing those rights to citizens. The scars always remind us who did to us, how we approached them and in a manner things unfold. Millions will embody the scars as evidence as to what our oppressors did to us for the years to come.
Hundreds cost the ultimate price a human could pay in its lifetime. They are our heroes and heroines. As if the state is vampire, it sucks the blood of our citizens. While they should have been treated like fellow citizens, they were told they are demons who should face the brutality and killings. They were branded they are secessionists, terrorists, extremists … thus, the state led by prime minister (activists call it crime minister) Hailemariam Dessalegn of Ethiopia says its government would take merciless action against protesters.
We have been told the protest is by few anti few forces while millions are behind. They denounce the protest as if it is happened only in a few areas. All these have been archived not only digitally whatsoever, but biologically in all our bloods and veins.
We will honor fellows who were killed by the very security forces they should have been protected by. We will remember them as they were killed in state war. Their death is an act of bravery, to protect their democratic rights. We will raise our hands and ask our master out there to show mercy to their life and rest their soul in a heaven. We will… we will … we will.
Didn’t the state deal much with property damaged over human loss in its mass media? Wasn’t the state officials praise the security forces? What shockingly inhumane it is. Didn’t they decry the crackdown as if it didn’t happen for overseas media outlets? Didn’t they say the crackdown is an absolute lie? Didn’t they close the door for reporting? Didn’t they prevent the movement of correspondents from reporting #Oromoprotests? Wasn’t the state undermines the number of killings by its security forces? Didn’t the public’s right to know in Oromia ignored by the state we call Ethiopian state?
Didn’t we witness the state tried to downplay the very struggle of the Oromo? Didn’t the state show disregard for the people of the Oromo? Haven’t we seen the state launching campaigns on the protesters calling them they are anti-peace forces, terrorists, secessionists…? What the hell were media outlets were doing during the protest? Haven’t we told that the public denounces the protest while that is not the case? Haven’t the media outlets under the guise of the state propagated hate against the Oromo as if they are against the unity of the nation?
Didn’t the state tell its allies that the crackdown didn’t happen? Hasn’t the state tell the BBC that the allegation of HRW of the state using lethal forces is an absolute lie. Haven’t the party officials praise the military for the killings? Didn’t they downplay the life of the Oromos? Didn’t they kill prisoners in torture? Didn’t the security forces prohibit the public from accessing to health facility? Haven’t the families denied of seeing their deceased son? Didn’t they change the obituary of the deceased without the willing of the family? Why all these?
After saying merciless action against protesters (a full state war for that matter), hundreds killed, thousands wounded & imprisoned. Even the brutal regime resulted in dismissal of hundreds of university students. At last, the guy who told the people they deserve merciless action, the ostensibly PM of Ethiopia Hailemariam, apologizes the public. What a political drama the vanguard state is at.
However, the claims by the state are contending. The ministry of government communications affair office, Getachew Reda says Eritrea, Diasporas’, Egypt, Qatar are involved in #Oromoprotests. Some other time it is lack of good governance that resulted in all this brutality, and occasionally, now, the state is responsible. Ladies and gentlemen! Even as we speak, thousand are suffering and languishing of torture in prison. Still, there are many that are missed & unfounded. Again, thousands are taken to military camps for the prisons are full. Hospitals are flooded with wounded protesters, the issue the world ignored. Above all, it is moms who suffer the killing. Taking the dead bodies of their sons and daughters from schools and universities came to be a culture to be lived. As a result, the apology by the state is no more phony.
Yet again, the heart of the people is broken with all these irresponsible deeds of the state and the questions are still blinking and blinking to provoke fresher thoughts in the minds of the mass in such a way to search for answers. Apology is the least the state could do to won the heart of millions. It seems the protest would continue so long as the state is at lip service.
The legitimate questions remain unanswered. The peaceful protesters and leaders of political parties should be released, an independent body to investigate the crackdown should be formed, withdrawing the military from Oromia, stopping land grab, above all holding officials accountable who did all these, including the prime minister who declared war against the people among others. Beyond however, the rule of law, democracy, social justice and the right to self rule are the questions protesters are asking.
Ameyu Etana is a journalist in Ethiopia and by now he is a graduate student at Addis Ababa University. Can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org You can follow and comment on his articles on mohiboni.blogspot.com and mohiboni.wordpress.com. All are encouraged to challenge. Any idea is welcomed as far as it has adduced.