Ethiopia: One Killed, 70 Injured in Haramaya University Explosion

A peaceful protest demanding for an immediate halt to the disingenous Integrated Addis Ababa Development Master Plan quickly shaping itself into an ethnic Oromo student movement

By TesfaNews,

IN AN apparent escalation of the ongoing protest by ethnic Oromo students in about a dozen Oromia towns, an explosion went off at Haromaya University late Wednesday night killing one and injured more than 70 students.

According to eyewitness reports, the explosion occurred when a hand grenade was thrown at students watching a football match.

No one took responsibility for the explosion. The government, however, through the state-owned media blamed the ongoing crisis on “few extremists who seek to gain power through turmoil and upheaval.” 

The widespread Oromo protests broke out yesterday at the town of Ambo against the unpopular “Addis Ababa (Finfinnee) Integrated Development Master Plan” resulted in the death of more than 10 people while three others were also shot dead at Madawalabu University.

Oromo students and the wider Oromo elites claim the Master Plan is aimed at displacing farmers in the outskirts and suburban areas of the city to meet the growing demand for land besides designed to weaken the Oromo identity. However, officials in Oromia state and the Addis Ababa city administration insist that the plan is only to develop Addis Ababa and its surrounding.

In the statement released today by the opposition Oromo Federalist Council (OFC), “Eleven were killed from Ambo while six were gunned down in nearby Guder town.”

The statement also adds “Ambo Hospital was flooded with the dead and injured, signifying the death toll could be higher than original figures.”

Today’s reports indicate at least 47 were killed, and no one has disputed the figure so far.

The OFC accused the minority ethnic Tigray led EPRDF regime of attempting to spark conflict between ethnic Oromos and Amharas.

Critics have over the years accused the ruling party of using “ethnic tension” as a method to instill fear in the society and get a credit for itself as a “savior” in the run-up to the coming elections.

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በኦሮሚያ ግጭቶች ሕይወት ጠፋ

በአዲስ አበባ ዙሪያ ያሉ ከተሞችን በዋና ከተማይቱ ማስተር ፕላን ውስጥ አካትቶ ለማልማት በሚል የተያዘውን ዕቅድ ከተቃወሙ የኦሮሚያ ዩኒቨርሲቲ ተማሪዎች ጋር በተነሣ ግጭት በሰው ይወትና ንብረት ላይ ጉዳት መድረሱን የመንግሥት ኮመዩኒኬሽን ጉዳዮች ፅ/ቤት አስታወቀ፡፡

By VOA (Amharic),

በአዲስ አበባ ዙሪያ ያሉ ከተሞችን በዋና ከተማይቱ ማስተር ፕላን ውስጥ አካትቶ ለማልማት በሚል የተያዘውን ዕቅድ ከተቃወሙ የኦሮሚያ ዩኒቨርሲቲ ተማሪዎች ጋር በተነሣ ግጭት በሰው ይወትና ንብረት ላይ ጉዳት መድረሱን የመንግሥት ኮምዩኒኬሽን ጉዳዮች ፅ/ቤት አስታወቀ፡፡

ፅ/ቤቱ ሐሙስ፣ ሚያዝያ 23/2006 ዓ.ም ባወጣው መግለጫ በመዳ ወላቡ የሦስት ተማሪዎች፣ በአምቦና ቶኬኩታዮ ከተሞች የሰባት ሰዎች ሕይወት ማለፉንና በቢዝነስና ኮንስትራሽን ባንክ ላይ የዘረፋ ሙከራ መደረጉን ገልጿል፡፡

በሃረማያ ማንነታቸው ባልታወቀ ሰዎች በተወረወረ ፈንጂ የአንድ ተማሪ ሕይወት ማለፉንና ሌሎች ሰባ ተማሪዎች መቁሰላቸውን ፅ/ቤቱ በዚሁ መግለጫው አስታውቋል፡፡

በሌላ በኩል ደግሞ በአምቦና አካባቢዋ “ቁጥራቸው 17 የሚደርስ ሰዎች ተገድለዋል” ሲል የኦሮሞ ፌደራላዊ ኮንግረስ – ኦፌኮ ከስሷል፡፡
ኦፌኮ የአካባቢውን ምንጮች ጠቅሶ ባወጣው መግለጫ “የኢሕአዴግ መንግሥት ለዚህ የኃይል እርምጃ ተጠያቂ ነው” ብሏል፡፡

መግለጫው አክሎም “የኦሮሞና የአማራ ብሔረሰቦችን ለማጋጨትም ደባ እየተካሄደ ነው” ብሏል፡፡

ለዝርዝሩ የተያያዘውን የድምፅ ፋይል ያዳምጡ፡፡ (Play audio player below for the full reportage)

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