The Oromo people are unique. They are the only people in the Horn of Africa with an anti-feudal and democratic culture.
In terms of population size and the territories they occupy, the Oromo people are the largest non-Semitic group in the land known to most people as Ethiopia. The Oromo were forcefully incorporated to the Ethiopian empire in the 1880s by the then King of Shoa, Menelik, later Emperor of Ethiopia, with the tacit approval of the then Tigrian Emperor, Johannes IV.
Ever since their colonization by the Abyssinian rulers of Ethiopia, the Oromo have been the most oppressed, humiliated and exploited people, politicially and economically, by the successive feudal Amhara and Tigrian rulers of Ethiopia.
Due to the fact that the Oromo people were crudely denied the right to rule over themselves by the successive Amhara and Tigrian regimes since their forceful incorporation into the Ethiopian empire, there were from time to time, rebellions and uprisings by the rural population but these were brutally suppressed militarily.
At the moment, there is a large and historic uprising by the rural population of Oromia against the corrupt Tigrian rulers. In response, the TPLF rulers of Ethiopia have dispatched Special Forces with the direct order to shoot to kill. Consequently, the Oromo parts of Ethiopia remain under the military occupation of the Ethiopian army. So far, it is said that more than 200 innocent young Oromo protesters have been brutally murdered and hundreds of others wounded by the TPLF army of occupation.
It is therefore high time that the political gangs ruling Ethiopia recognized that they cannot have peace and stability by systematically marginalizing the Oromo people, the majority in the country, and barring them from political participation.
Consequently, Mdre Bahri calls upon the TPLF rulers of Ethiopia to stop shooting the unarmed Oromo protesters, to withdraw its army of occupation from all Oromia lands and to allow the Oromo people to exercise their fundamental and inalienable national and human rights to decide their own future destiny in a referendum monitored by international observers.