OLA issues a statement on the alleged massacre of civilians in Gidami

Published Feb. 11, 2022, 7:35 p.m. by FNN

Regarding the Alleged Massacre of Civilians in Gidami Woreda of West Oromia
(OLF-OLA Press Release)
The Oromo Liberation Front-Oromo Liberation Army (OLF-OLA) condemns, in the strongest possible terms, the alleged killing of civilians in Gidami Woreda of Kellem Wollega Zone in the Oromia region. Despite the repeated, bordering on perpetual, misinformation and malign propaganda campaigns by the genocidal Abiy regime, the Oromo Liberation Army (OLA) has always been committed to its perennial objectives of liberating the Oromo people from the yoke of national oppression in the Ethiopian Empire. Our army fights with systems of oppression, not with individuals, much less defenseless innocent civilians.
As a political party and liberation army with a singular objective of sustainably relieving the Oromo people from their suffering under successive repressive regimes, there is no political or military objective, none whatsoever, that our army would generate by targeting innocent civilians. In reality, short of putting ourselves in the affairs of others and imposing our will, as some group of elites in the country would wish to do, we empathize with vulnerable communities everywhere, including innocent non-Oromo civilians who call Oromia home, and go all the way to aiding their quest for liberty and dignified existence.
For any close observer of the recent Ethiopian political life, it is easy to see that the Abiy regime has been using the Oromo Liberation Army as a scapegoat for any atrocity crimes that it commits against our people. Abiy kills the Oromo and blames the Oromo for their death. If recent memory serves us well, the original accusations of the regime for the Karrayyu Massacre of our Gada leaders, the truth of which escaped between the regimes’ fingers in a matter of weeks, is the epitome of scapegoating the victim. It’s a twisted version of Machiavellianism that has been normalized in Ethiopia.

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