The Sioux Falls, SD Oromo community left a letter for U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds explaining the situation in Ethiopia and asking the senator to call for the U.S. to stop sending money to the country’s leaders.

By Megan Raposa |

Muzayan Kubsa, a Sioux Falls man originally from Ethiopia, does not want his U.S. tax dollars to aid his home country’s government.

He’s not alone.

Kubsa is one of about 2,500 people in Sioux Falls who are Oromo, an ethnic group from Ethiopia. The Oromo community is upset, Kubsa said, because the government in Ethiopia has been seizing land from local farmers without compensating them.

In Ethiopia, dozens of students have been injured and a number have been killed over the past few weeks as protests continue to be met with violenc, according to Al Jazeera reports. The students are protesting a plan that calls for expansion of the capital into lands owned by Oromo people.

Protests broke out throughout the United States in recent weeks, and Monday, a group of more than 30 people from the Sioux Falls Oromo community gathered to make known their demands to cease U.S. aid to the Ethiopian government.

“People should know what’s going on in Ethiopia,” said Mustafa Godi, one of the organizers of the protest. “This is a first step.”

The group met at the Multi-cultural Center of Sioux Falls at 9 a.m. and marched south on Main Avenue until reaching U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds’ office. Along the way, protesters chanted various phrases, including “We demand freedom,” “We demand justice” and “Stop supporting Ethiopian government.”

The goal of the protest was to “make sure our state is not funding bad governments,” Kubsa said.

“The (Ethiopian) government is using that money, buying bullets and killing innocent students,” he said.

The Sioux Falls Oromo community left a letter for Rounds explaining the situation in Ethiopia and asking the senator to call for the U.S. to stop sending money to the country’s leaders. Rounds’ office was not immediately available to respond to a request for comment on the protests.

Source: Argus Leader
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