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Former TPLF’s Cadres Cannot Spearhead the Sidama National Struggle for Self-Determination
Press Release by Sidama National Liberation Front (SNLF)
October 30, 2016

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Ever since the Sidama nation was forcefully annexed into the Ethiopian empire by the invading army of King Minelik II 125 years ago, our society relentlessly resisted political subjugation and wanton economic exploitation by the successive regimes. The Sidama society rejected serfdom that reduced our farmers into landless tenants in various forms some of which involved guerrilla warfare against the brutal feudal system. In this regard, the guerrilla warfare led by the Sidama patriot, Takilu Yota in northern Sidama in 1960s unsettled not only the barbaric system of serfdom, but also the very tenet of imperial expansion and annexation. The heroic national resistance led by Takilu Yota was preceded by an equally ferocious armed struggle by Sidama patriots including Lanqamo Naare, Yetera Boolle, Hushula Xaadisso and many others who resisted the return of the imperial land lords after Italy was driven out of the country by the Allied Forces of WWII in 1941.
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The Irreecha Massacre of Oromo Civilians Unprecedented Crimes against Humanity!
Press Release by Sidama National Liberation Front (SNLF)
October 4, 2016

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The Sidama National Liberation Front condemns the barbaric massacre of over 700 Oromo civilians by the fascist Ethiopian regime led by the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) during the Irreecha festival in Bishoftu on Sunday, 2 October 2016. Over 4 million Oromo civilians from the vast Oromia region gathered around Hora Harsadi (Lake Harsadi) in Bishoftu 40 kms south of the Ethiopian capital, Finfine (Addis Ababa) on 2 October 2016 to celebrate Irreecha. Irreecha is a cultural thanksgiving holiday observed by the Oromo nation. The Oromo people from all walks of life gather on this day to thank Waaqa (God) for ushering them from one season to another. The calendar is determined based on the Gadaa lunar calendar practiced by this ancient Cushitic nation.
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ከሲዳማ አርነት ነቅናቄ(ሲአን) በኢረቻ በዓል ላይ የተሰው ዎገኖቻችንን በተመለከተ የተሰጠ መግለጫ!
October 3, 2016

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Kenyan Government is Held Accountable for Supporting Ethiopia TPLF Dictatorship and Hunting Freedom Fighters
Press Release by Oromo Liberation Front (OLF)
September 21, 2016

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Foreign assistance from foreign countries near and far has helped the Tigirean People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) government of Ethiopia to stay in power unjustly for the last 25 years. Unintentional or intentional, foreign assistance provided to Ethiopia, has made it difficult for the peoples of Ethiopia to free themselves from the imposed orders of the anti-democracy and anti-human rights TPLF regime of Ethiopia.

Because of the current popular uprisings in many parts of the country, the TPLF Ethiopian regime is hysterically paranoid, desperate and callous. In the same way the regime has been protecting its power by force and by begging for foreign support. Now the regime is attempting to enlist the help of neighboring and distant states to save itself from collapsing or to prolong its life. The TPLF regime is using its experience of begging for food handouts also plan to stay in power by soliciting foreign assistance in order to weaken domestic protests, armed and unarmed oppositions. By responding to the sinister invitation from the Ethiopian regime, the Kenyan government has agreed to provide military support and has ordered a joint military operation against the Oromo Liberation Army of Southern Zone.
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The Hawassa Industrial Park a Pretext for Land Grab in Sidama!
Press Release by Sidama National Liberation Front (SNLF)
September 12, 2016

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The Industrial Parks Development Corporation (IPDC) of Ethiopia has been building parks in various parts of the country. Hawassa is one of the pilot corridors for this ambitious project which is headed by Arkebe Equbay. Nonetheless, the practices of the IPDC in the Sidama region remains anti developmental for several reasons:

First, the plot for the park in Hawassa, the capital city of Sidama, is taken from the land legally owned by the Sidama Development Corporation (SDC) without consultation and any compensation.
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Desperate Measures of Divide and Rule will not Undermine the Unity of the Oppressed Nations
Press Release by Sidama National Liberation Front (SNLF)
August 21, 2016

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The oppressed nations of Ethiopia have never accepted the TPLF minority rule since it purged national liberation movements and country wide opposition political parties from the Transitional Government in 1992. In spite of adopting the most liberal constitution that on paper guarantees the rights of nations and nationalities to self- determination including secession and human and democratic rights of individuals, the regime continues to grossly abuse these rights every single day.

Any nation that demands the basic rights enshrined in the very constitution promulgated by the regime itself is brutalized, its people massacred by the special killing squad known as the ‘Agazi’ forces, and imprisoned and tortured with impunity.
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Ethiopian Army Wantonly Massacres 51 Civilians in Ogaden
Press Release by Ogaden National Liberation Front (ONLF)
June 8, 2016

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The Ethiopian Army wantonly massacred 51 civilians in Jama’ Dubad village near Gashamo town on June 5, 2016. The army indiscriminately opened fire on unarmed civilians in the village centre, shooting everybody in sight, not sparing women, children or the elderly. After the army started the massacre, many villagers run to the local mosque, hoping that they may be spared there. However, the Ethiopian army followed them there, shooting and killing them all. Then, the army torched the village, destroying all property, food and the water supplies of the village.
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The Sidama Nation Globally Marks the 14th Commemorative Anniversary of Sidama Loqqee Massacre
Press Release by Sidama National Liberation Front (SNLF)
May 30, 2016

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About six dozen confirmed and several dozen unconfirmed Sidama civilians have been indiscriminately gunned down in broad day lights by Ethiopian armed forces on May 24, 2002 in Sidama land whilst peacefully protesting government’s continued denial of constitutionally guaranteed rights to regional self-administration. The Sidama of all walk of lives have staged on a peaceful demonstration in Hawassa’s outskirts village known as Loqqee, on early hours of the aforementioned date after fully satisfying the constitutional requirements rightly stipulated in incumbent’s constitution whilst undertaking such publically guaranteed democratic privileges.
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Peoples’ Alliance for Freedom and Democracy (PAFD) Categorically Condemns the Past and Ongoing Massacre of Unarmed Civilians by TPLF/EPRDF’s Ethiopian Government
Press Release on the occasion of 14th Commemorative anniversary of Sidama Loqqee Massacre and the Massacre of the other civilians.
May 30, 2016

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The repeated massacres and genocides of past 25 years that the TPLF’s barbaric regime has committed on unarmed civilians of all regions-and the ongoing indiscriminate massacres it is committing now are likely to continue unabated for a long time if the peoples in Ethiopia remain fragmented, divided and refuse to take the responsibility of confronting and stopping this criminal regime. Failure to do so has already unquestionably contributed to the longevity of the regime.
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Resolution of the first Congress of Peoples’ Alliance for Freedom and Democracy (PAFD)
March 25, 2016

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Peoples Alliance for Freedom and Democracy (PAFD) held its first successful general congress from March 21st to 25th 2016 in Eritrean capital, Asmara. The Congress has discussed the status of our collective struggle in particular, the current situation in Ethiopia, the Horn of Africa and the world in details.
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Press Release by OLF(Oromo Liberation Front)
ዘላቂ ሰላም ለኦሮሞ ህዝብ ጥያቄ ምሊሽ በመስጠት ብቻ ይገኛል!
March 11, 2016

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PAFD’s statement on current deal of the Chinas-Ethiopia- Djibouti Gas Exploitation in Ogaden, Ethiopia
Press Statement by Peoples' Alliance for Freedom and Democracy (PAFD)
March 10, 2016

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The Ethiopian government’s “development strategy,” is founded on its policy of leasing millions of hectares of land to foreign investors, regardless of the rights and consequences for the local communities that depend on those lands. Implementation of this strategy as it is observed in Gambella, Oromia, Omo, Sidama and Benishangul-Gumuz involved grave human rights violations including coerced displacement, extrajudicial killings, political repression, and neglect of local livelihoods of the peoples and nations who have historically been marginalized and neglected by the governments. The foundation stone for a new mega gas project was laid on March 3, 2016, by the presence the Djiboutian President. The project is planned to install a natural gas pipeline, a liquefaction plant and an export terminal at Damerjog, Djibouti from the Ogaden as reported by Global Energy. PAFD believes that this is targeting the most vulnerable people on the continent, the Ogaden people.
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PAFD Strongly Condemns the Ethnic Cleansing in Gambella Region
Press Statement by Peoples' Alliance for Freedom and Democracy (PAFD)
February 2, 2016

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On January 27, 2016, around 2:00 am local time, ‘special police’ from the regional administration of Gambella aided by local militia attacked Anuak civilians all over the region. Subsequently, the death of more than four dozen of Anuak civilians have been reported; and the indiscriminate massacre of unarmed Gambella civilians is said to be continuing. Moreover, the local militia close to the regional administrator attacked a prison in Gambella town and residential areas by killing more than 8 people and destroying the regional state prison.
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Press release of Peoples Alliance for Freedom and Democracy (PAFD) on the EU’s resolution
Press Statement by Peoples' Alliance for Freedom and Democracy (PAFD)
January 23, 2016

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The PAFD extends its most sincere gratitude to the EU Parliament in general and to those who were the sponsors of the Ethiopian resolution, including members from the Socialists and Democrats (S&D), the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE) and Greens/European Free Alliance (G/EFA) of the EU parliamentary groups in particular.
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Press Release by OLF(Oromo Liberation Front)
False statement does not deter people of Oromo anymore!(Amharic)




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Press Release by SLM( SidamaLiberation Movement) regarding Ethiopian government brutal action against Oromo Peaceful Protesters and displacement of Sidama farmers from their land at Hawassa

 

Free a Prominent Sidama Businessman, Solomon Nayu, Kidnapped from His Home in Hawassa, Sidama, Ethiopia.
Press Release by Sidama National Liberation Front (SNLF)
December 14, 2015

In the past 25 years, tens of thousands of Sidama civilians have been unlawfully imprisoned, tortured, and killed in broad day light. Tens of thousands have been displaced from their lands to vacate them for the business corporations owned by the ruling party plunging the Sidama farmers living in these lands into destitution. More importantly, the Sidama nation is continually denied the constitutional right to regional self-determination which is nominally granted to others that are 16 times smaller than the population of the Sidama nation.
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Unconditionally Stop Violence against Peacefully Protesting Oromo Civilians in Ethiopia
Press Release by Sidama National Liberation Front (SNLF)
December 13, 2015

Since end of November 2015, the Oromo high school and university students and wider Oromo civilians across the Oromia region have staged peaceful protests against the Finfinnee “Master Plan” that will incorporate the city and the surrounding areas in the Oromia region inhabited by the Oromo farmers. The students, the Oromo people, and local Oromo opposition political parties condemn the “Master Plan” as a plan for a land grab that will lead to displacement of millions of the Oromo farmers plunging them into poverty and destitution. The Oromo people claim that hundreds of farmers have already been displaced by the scrupulous development plans that have no regard to the indigenous Oromo inhabitants surrounding the city.
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The Ethiopian Government Brutal Army and Paramilitary Police Use Lethal Force against Oromo Students Demonstrating Peacefully
Press Statement by Peoples' Alliance for Freedom and Democracy (PAFD)
December 11, 2015

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The Ethiopian government brutal army and paramilitary police are shooting at Unarmed Oromo students demonstrating against the implementation of Addis Ababa land grabbing master plan.

Just over a year ago, TPLF's regime has planned to exponentially expand Oromia's capital, the city of Finfinne (Addis Ababa) under the scheme known as 'Addis-Master-Plan'. This plan aims to incorporate the rural agricultural areas in Oromia state surrounding Addis Ababa. This Plan will totally displace the entire Oromo rural population in the area without their consent. The said plan has seriously angered the Oromo's communities, who went on a peaceful demonstration of opposing the plan. The regimes security and armed forces' unprecedented and violent response to peaceful demonstration has left over 60 Oromo University and high Scholl students and the others Oromo civilians dead, and over 200 wounded.
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Former SLF Chairman and Veteran Fighter, Galfato Feqqa Dome, Passes Away
November 17, 2015

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It is with a great sorrow that we learned the death of former SLF chairman and veteran freedom fighter, Mr. Galfato Feqqa, who passed away suddenly with a short illness on November 15, at the age of 79.

Mr. Galfato was one of the Sidama emancipation pioneer giants. He served his people and nation with characteristic devotion, working in various capacities until the time of his death. Galfato served as a chairman of SLF from 1999-2008.

We lost one of the pillars of our freedom fighters. No matter how much we grieve, we cannot bring him back, but we will continue the good work he devoted his life.

Funeral service of the late veteran fighter was held today at 3:00 pm local time at Hawassa, Sidama.

He is survived by his wife and children. SLF would like to express deepest sadness to Galfato Feqqa’s family and Sidama people.

 

UNPO Welcomes the Founding of Peoples Alliance for Freedom and Democracy (PAFD)
Press Release
October 26, 2015

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The Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization (UNPO) welcomes the founding of the Peoples Alliance for Freedom and Democracy (PAFD), established on 23 October 2015. This unprecedented political alliance between the peoples of Ethiopia is the result of a two-day meeting held in Oslo, Norway, between delegates of the Ogaden National Liberation Front (ONLF), Oromo Liberation Front (OLF), Benishangul People's Liberation Movement (BPLM), Gambella People’s Liberation Movement (GPLM), and Sidama National Liberation Front (SNLF). Acknowledging the need for a united effort to put an end to the enduring repression perpetrated by successive and current Ethiopian regimes, the goal of the Peoples Alliance for Freedom and Democracy is to bring a new just political order for the country based on the consent of all peoples.

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The Founding of Peoples’ Alliance for Freedom and Democracy (PAFD)
Press Release!
October 24, 2015

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On October 24, 2015, Delegates of Benishangul People’s Liberation Movement (BPLM), Gambella People’s Liberation Movement (GPLM), Ogaden National Liberation Front (ONLF), Oromo Liberation Front (OLF) and Sidama National Liberation Front (SNLF) met in Oslo, Norway from 22 October to 23 October 2015 to lay the foundation of political alliance between the peoples in Ethiopia and have formed the Peoples Alliance for Freedom and Democracy (PAFD).

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PAFD Public Announcements

WHAT GIVES POWER TO PEOPLE IS THE ABILITY TO EMBRACE A COMMON PURPOSE. PAFD MEMBERS AND PEOPLES WILL JOINTLY STRUGGLE TO ACHIEVE FREEDOM, DEMOCRACY AND JUSTICE IN ETHIOPIA AND THE HORN OF AFRICA.

The joint organising committee for the celebration of the establishment of the Peoples Alliance for Freedom and Democracy (PAFD) cordially invites you to join the public meeting that will be held on 24th of October 2015 in Oslo at Kanonhallen, Peter Møllersvei 2, and 0585 Oslo. On these public meeting delegate leaders of member organisation of PAFD such as from Gambella People Liberation Movement (GPLM), Ogaden National Liberation Front (ONLF), Oromo Liberation Front (OLF), Benshangul People Liberation Movement (BPLM) and Sidama National Liberation Front (SNLF) will address the people on various issues concerning the Alliance and current political affairs in Ethiopia and the Horn of Africa. The five Political forces that are operating inside and outside Ethiopia have created an Alliance which will coordinate their activities in various fields of the struggle in order to achieve the rights of all oppressed peoples in Ethiopia. Be part of this occasion and take part in shaping the future by being taking part in the candid, dignified and constructive discourse about the peace, stability and democracy of the Horn of Africa in general and Ethiopia in particular.

Date: 24.10.2015; Time: 14:00 (PS: Timeliness is appreciated)
Avenue: Kanonhallen, Peter Møllersvei 2, 0585 Oslo
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How to reach Kanonhallen: Bus number 31 (the nearest bus stop is Loren), or Tram- 17 (the nearest tram stop is Sinsen Terrace).

Declaration of the Establishment of the Sidama National Liberation Front (SNLF)
The SNLF Coordinating Committee
October 18, 2015

In light of the extremely precarious situation that the Sidama people and other oppressed peoples find themselves in at present, two Sidama political organizations, namely, the Sidama Liberation Front (SLF) and the Sidama National Liberation Organization (SNLO) agree to establish an umbrella organization whose main objective is to mobilize and lead popular struggle for selfdetermination of the Sidama nation. The umbrella organization shall be named The Sidama National Liberation Front (SNLF).
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Betana Hotesso, Sidama Liberation Front chairman and Denboba Natie, secretary of United Sidama Parities for Freedom and Justice discuss current political situation in Sidama with Esat TV