TBOA/ UOSE Press Release
Tokkummaa Bartoota Oromoo Awurooppaa
Union of Oromo Students in Europe
Faces and Phases of Colonialism: The Case of Finfinnee
History has shown different faces and phases of Colonialism.One face of
classical colonialism can be charachterised by humilation, exploitation and
the denial of the right of self-assertion seen in the light of democracy.
It uses all means to reduce the colonies to a second class dehumanised
The other face, which goes beyond the above characterstic, is the compelete
denial of the right to exist with ones own identity.This Phase and process
involves physical annihilation of the subjects. History has recorded that
many idigenious Peoples are systematically and mysteriously annihilated from
the world map.
The Oromoo and other Peoples of the South have suffered both ugly faces
under Minilik. The Yayyaa, Gullallee and Jiddaa oromos, who then inhabited
Finfinnee, to mention a few, were systematically eliminated. Minilik
poisened rivers and springs in Finfinnee which led to both human and
The current TPLF led colonial successors are implementing the second pase of
colonial process under the guise of democracy. The denial of the right of
the Oromo to use Finfinnee let alone as the capital city of Oromia but as
Federal Head Quarter, even under the status quo, cannot be comprehended
other than denying us our very legitmate right to Oromia as parts make the
The Union of Oromo Students in Europe ( UOSE/TBOA) condemns the measures
taken by the colonial government of Meles Zenawi regarding Finfinnee as we
believe that it:
1. denyst the inalinable right of the Oromo to Finfinnee;
2. disintegrates the already poverty-ridden families with an immense
3. exacerbates the already fragile socio-political situation in the empire;
4. worsens the the human rights abuse history is recording ever since the
formation of the empire.
Furthermore, the Union of Oromo Students in Europe, upholds all resolutions
issued by the Maccaa and Tuulamaa Association, Oromo Liberation Front, Oromo
Students Union from Oromia and other concerned compatriots regarding the
colonial decision taken on Finfinnee.
Finally, UOSE would like to remind all concerned compatriots and sovereign
Oromo political organisations that our verbal appeals alone will not be
solving our problems as it neither did in the past. Nothing can bring us
together if not our country, Oromia. He who has the whole has also the part
Oromia Shall be Free!
Down with the archaich Amahara-Tigre colonialism and its surrogates!
UOSE/TBOA, Editorial Board