Oromo Liberation Army Celebrates Oromo Martyrs Day

Oromia, April 15, 2021 (EthioHeadlines) – In a move that surprised regional analysts, the Oromo Liberation Army (OLA), an armed group that has been active in restive Western and Southern parts of Oromia regional state of Ethiopia, celebrated Oromo martyrs day in the open and in the presence thousands of people it claims to represent. Thousands of Oromo from the local community and members of the OLA took part in the celebration held at an undisclosed location in Western Oromia, said the OLA.

A breakaway faction of an ex-armed group, the Oromo Liberation Front (OLF), OLA has been gaining strength despite government sources routinely downplaying clashes between it and Ethiopian security forces.

In his speech for the day, one of the leaders of the rebel army, Marroo Dirriba, known by his nom de guerre Jaal Marroo, reiterated that OLA is a freedom fighter force that is compelled to raise arms for the freedom, equality, and -democratic rights of the Oromo people.

After praising his army as a well-trained and disciplined freedom fighter force, he reminded the attendees that OLA relies on, and is accountable to, only the Oromo people. In what appears to be a direct response to the government’s accusation of OLA as a force behind outbreak of ethnic violence in Western Oromia, he stated that OLA raises its arms against combatants only and never targets civilians based on religion, place of origin, political view, or sex. He encouraged the local population to adhere to and uphold Oromo safuu (ethical code), and Oromo principles of common peace, and tolerance whether the local administration structure is working or is disrupted.

The celebrants treated him to a rousing round of applause as he told them that OLA is now widespread throughout Oromia defending Oromo interests against any war of aggression. He sent them into a frenzy when he assured them that next year’s Oromo Martyrs Day celebration will be held in Finfinnee, the center and capital of Oromia with the Oromo national flag hoisted high.

Oromo Martyrs Day (Guyya Gootota Oromoo, GGO, in Afaan Oromoo) is celebrated annually on 15, April (Ebla). It was started by the OLF following the death of its prominent leaders on a diplomatic mission en route to Somalia on April 15, 1980. Since then, this day is observed by Oromo nationals around the world to honor those who have sacrificed their lives to free Oromia starting with the war of aggression by Menelik II in the late 19th century.

With the Tigray Liberation Front battling the Abiy government troops in the Northern part of the country, and the OLA in the south and West, embattled Ethiopia faces insurgencies on many fronts. Worried about the future of Ethiopia as a state, the international community has been pressuring the federal government to convene an all-inclusive convention to resolve the current political impasse, which the Abiy administration is said to be resisting.

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