Shambu Protesters Proclaimed “The Enemy of the Oromo is the Enemy of the Amhara and the Enemy of the Amhara is the Enemy the Oromo”

Abbay Media
Shiberu Tamerat

During the protest in Shambu Wollega, the demonstrators proclaimed Oromos and Amaharas are inseparable.

The residents of Shambu, Wollega who came out in protest against the government of Ethiopia were seen waving protest banners in both Amharic and Oromifa, declaring Oromos and Amharas are one.

The protesters of Shambu could be heard chanting the slogan “Oromo blood is Amhara blood and Amhara blood is Oromo blood and we are inseparable” while marching through the city of Shambu, Wellega.

Recently the two regional leaders have been spurred by calls for cooperation at a higher level and greater understanding between the two communities. The recent trip of Oromo youth to Bahir Dar to participate in the campaign to root out an invasive weed covering Lake Tana and threatening natural resources of the lake, is a sign of the improved relationship between the two people who until now have been strained by government manufactured propaganda to create strife between the two major ethnic groups in Ethiopia.

During premier league soccer matches, fans traveling with their respective teams to either Oromia or Amhara region have been the most gracious opposing team hosts and have been treating each other very well.

Leaders of Amhara National Democratic Movement (ANDM) and Oromo Peoples’ Democratic Organization (OPDO) have been organizing meetings and forums to forge greater understanding between the two people and peacefully live in Ethiopia. The recent report that came out from the government of Ethiopia indicates how the government is threatened by the improved relationship of the two major ethnic groups in Ethiopia.

During the protest march in Gondar in the summer of 2015, the protestors chanting slogans “Oromo blood is our blood!” “The killing of our Oromo brothers should stop!”; “Release Mr. Bekele Gerba from prison!” showing their solidarity to their Oromo brothers who were brutalized by the regime forces is a recent memory.

The government of Ethiopia has been fueling inter-ethnic warfare for over twenty years to divide and conquer the people of Ethiopia. Recently, however, unity and cooperation among the different ethnic groups is giving rise to the creation of Ethiopia as a multiethnic state.



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