USA: Ethiopians demand US help to investigate Oromia region 'genocide'

Members of the Ethiopian community picketed outside the US State Department building in Washington DC on Thursday, demanding US intervention to stop what they say is genocide against ethnic minorities, such as Amharas, Guraghes, and Wolaytas, in Oromia region and to urge the release of imprisoned journalist Eskinder Nega. The protesters exhibited numerous Ethiopian flags and placards calling for the release of Nega. Dawit Mulugeta, one of the protesters, said, «We're asking the international community, specifically the United States' government, to ask the Ethiopian government to establish an independent council to check if genocide happened in Ethiopia, and to ask the United States' government to ask the Ethiopian government to free the political prisoners and journalists.» Nega, who is also the President of the Balderas for Genuine Democracy party, was arrested in early July, on charges of inciting violence during protests over the killing of Ethiopian singer, songwriter, and activist Hachalu Hundessa.

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