The U.S. has provided almost $3 billion to the Ethiopian regime in 2015. Nearly half of that money reportedly goes to support the military, according to various media outlets and demonstrators.
By Dani Prokop (Talk Media News) |
About 2,000 demonstrators marched Monday on Capitol Hill to demand the United States stop funding the Ethiopian regime that human rights groups said has killed hundreds and jailed thousands of peaceful protestors.
“Out here we are wet with rain, back home people are wet with blood,” said Obang Metho, 40, a director of the civil rights organization Solidarity Movement for a New Ethiopia that spearheaded the march.
Metho wants the U.S. to cut military spending to the Ethiopian government, impose travel sanctions and to freeze assets.
“The United States has done it before in oppressive regimes, we ask them to do it now in Ethiopia,” Metho told TMN. “If it becomes personal it will have a big impact and the government will have no choice but to respond to the people.”
The Ethiopian regime arrested at least 5,000 Oromos between 2011 and 2014 for opposing the regime, Amnesty International reported. Since November 2015, hundreds of people have been killed in protests in the Oromia region, which surrounds the capital Addis Ababa. In January, Human Rights Watch (HRW) claimed that at least 140 people had been killed in the clashes.
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