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What should Oromos do to overcome the danger they are facing

What should Oromos do to overcome the danger they are facing?
The Tigrayan-led regime and its supporters have been trying to give a final solution for the Oromo question for a quarter of a century. It is paradoxical that the Oromo, the largest nation group, with rich economic resources and vibrant culture, are dominated, terrorized, repressed, and despised as a useless people until recently. Tigrayan elites and their domestic and global supporters have dispossessed Oromo land, minerals and other economic resources through dislocating and impoverishing millions of Oromos. At the same time, this despised and ignored people have emerged as a “social volcano” under the leadership of Qeerroo/Qarree, an unground networks of centralized and decentralized leadership, since 2015. The attacking of the Oromo in central Oromia for expropriation and destruction has triggered the mobilization of the entire Oromo nation for peaceful protests. The immediate demands of these protesters are for the Ethiopian government to stop the so-called Addis Ababa Master Plan, land grabbing, corruption, and the violation of human rights. Their extended demands are about achieving national self-determination and sovereignty by replacing the Tigrayan-led regime with a multinational democratic government. These demands gradually emerged to create solidarity with other ethno-national groups, such as the Amharas, who also have grievances with the regime. These demands clearly demonstrate the political maturity of the Oromo people.

Until recently, the regime used the political passivity of the Oromo, Amhara and others to divide and conquer them. Gradually the Oromo have realized that they have no permanent contradictions with other peoples in Ethiopia, and their primary enemy is the Tigrayan-led regime. The leadership of Qeerroo/Qarree has realized that the Oromo have historical and moral responsibility to create an alliance with all oppressed and exploited ethno-nations that are suffering under Tigrayan colonialism, ethnocracy and racism. It has also realized that Oromo democracy known as gadaa/siqqee can be used to create solidarity, fraternity and cooperation with all peoples who aspire to establish self-determination, sovereignty and multinational democracy. These ideologies, political strategies, and tactics have shattered the legitimacy of the regime and demonstrated its ideological bankruptcy and its military weakness.

Considering all these conditions, the regime has started to more invest on its tactics of terrorism and hidden genocide to destroy the emerging Oromo power and unity. Previously, the regime mobilized various ethno-national groups against the Oromo by arming them while disarming the Oromo. Consequently, millions Oromos were killed in east, south, and western Oromia. Since the current Oromo protesters have morally and ideologically defeated the regime, it has trained and armed the Somali paramilitary group known as “Liyu Police” to terrorize and kill Oromos in Hararghe, Bale, Borana and Guji areas. It is also arming the Afar militia to terrorize and kill Wallo Oromos.

Today the Oromo people are facing ethnic cleansing. In addition to using its army and spy networks in terrorizing, imprisoning, torturing and killing conscious Oromos, the regime has organized paramilitary groups of different ethnic groups to engage in warfare against the Oromo to kill or expel them from their ancestral lands. Currently, the so-called national army is supporting the Somali militia group to terrorize, murder, and expel Oromo from bordering regions. Hundreds of children, women, elderly and young Oromo are systematically massacred. About 100,000 Oromo have been expelled from their homes. The victimization of the Oromo on the borders Oromia is still going on.

The Oromo survival is in question. Therefore, they have only one option. This option is building a national organization capacity and solidifying solidarity with all forces that are struggling to dismantle the Tigrayan-led terrorist and genocidal regime. While clarifying and solidifying the principles of national self-determination, sovereignty and multinational democracy, all Oromo political, civic, and religious organizations and associations must be united behind the Qeerroo/Qaree movement through exposing and struggling against internal and external reactionary forces that attempt to subordinate the Oromo national interest to the interests of colonialists or Oromo tyrants. The Oromo have adequate human, cultural, intellectual and material resources to build their organizational capacity and to overcome the danger that they are confronting from their enemies. Every Oromo has a moral and national responsibility to contribute toward this national objective.

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