Health condition of arrested politician prompted protests across the Oromia region of Ethiopia.

Sources say Jawar Mohammed, a prominent Ethiopian politician, has been denied a medical treatment he badly needs. The news has sparked protests in many parts of Oromia, the largest and most populous region in the country.

Arfase Gemeda, Jawar’s wife who lives in the United States, tweeted that her husband “is critically ill. His face is swollen and he [is] unable to stand on his own.” In her tweets, she also expressed her concern saying the court turned down Jawar’s request to see his doctor.

Many people believe that Jawar Mohammed played the biggest role during the 2015-2018 Oromo protests that brought Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed to power. Jawar, who resided in the United States at the time, used social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter to organize protesters back home.

After he returned to Ethiopia, Jawar continued to criticize the prime minister for ignoring the Oromo people’s demands, and instead, trying to reincarnate the feudal system of the past Ethiopian regimes. This line of criticism resonated with many Oromos who expected much more from the man whom they thought better understands their grievances.

Oromos, Tigrayans, and other ethnic groups in the south of the country consider the Amhara-dominated regimes of King Menelik, King Haile Selassie, and Mengistu Hailemariam the “neftegna” system. They accuse the system of imposing the language, culture, and values of the Amhara people on them.

In Amharic, “neft” means a gun, and “Neftegna” refers to rulers of the north, mainly the Amharas, who “occupied” and ruled the Southern Ethiopia from the late 19th century to 1991.

Jawar Mohammed, Bekele Gerba, and other Oromo political leaders were detained on June 29th following the assassination of Hachalu Hundessa, a popular Oromo singer and activist. The government accuse Jawar Mohammed of forcing the body of Hachalu Hundessa, which was on its way to Ambo for burial, to return to Addis Ababa. Jawar denies the charge saying his arrest was politically motivated aimed at excluding him from the next election.

The news of Jawar Mohammed’s health condition has sparked anger in Oromia. Videos circulating on social media show young people chanting anti-government slogans. Some protesters were seen calling on the prime minster to step down.

News media outlets are reporting that the standoffs between angry crowds and government security forces has already led to deaths and injuries of unspecified number of people.

As many suspect, Abiy Ahmed might have arrested Jawar for political reasons, but whether in prison or not, the formidable politician will continue to pose a big challenge to his government.

24 Comments

  1. Jawar is in critical problem still they denied to get treatment. Not only this, all political prisoners are in the risk to be affected by covid19. As it is said more 5.prisoners are affected by covid19.

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    1. Historical mistake has made .no one is better than jawar for Ethiopian and nothing better than federalism for nations and nationality .
      Free
      Free
      Free
      Free
      Jawar and other political prisoners

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  2. Jawar is very sick😪Not only this All polotical prisoners are in the risk to be affected by covid-19
    #freejawarmohamed
    #FreeBekelegerba
    #freeHamzaaborana
    #freeAllpoloticalprisoners.

    Abiymustgo he is immediately remove from my country
    In Ethiopia no justice.,no peace😔😪

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  3. Jawar is very sick and All polotical prisoners are in the risk to be affected by covid-19
    #freejawarmohamed
    #FreeBekelegerba
    #freeHamzaaborana
    #freeAllpoloticalprisoners.

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  4. Jawar is more than anything to Oromo and all nations and nationality of Ethiopia but he is critically ill now and denied the rights to medical. Everybody should know this, if this ruling person(#AbiyAhmed) don’t free him, I doubt this country will live in harmony.
    #FreeJawarMohamed
    #FreeAllOromoProliticalPrisoners

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  5. Jawar is critically ill. His face is swollen and he unable to stand on his own. Jawar is being denied media attention and we are very concerned. #FreeJawarMohammed #AbiyMustGo abiy Ahmed Ali kill us Pls we need justice

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  6. Jawar is more than anything to Oromo and all nations
    and nationality of Ethiopia but he is critically ill now
    and denied the rights to medical. Everybody should
    know this, if this ruling person(#AbiyAhmed) don’t free
    him, I doubt this country will live in harmony.
    #FreeJawarMohamed
    #FreeBekeleGerba
    #FreeKolonelGemechuAyana
    #FreeIbsaRegasa
    #FreeHamzaAdane
    #FreeGuyoWario
    #Free Dr. ShegutGeleta
    #FreeMeleseDiribsa
    #FreeAllOromoProliticalPrisoners
    #OromoLivesMatter
    #OromoProtest

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  7. Jawar, a prominent political figure with the strongest popular support in the country, has been prisoned along his security guards and three dozen of KFO party members. The government in power engineered a scheme of assasination of a famous Artist Haacaaluu Hundesaa (also strong critique of Abiy Ahmed and Neftegna system) and rounded up all the oppostion leaders at the visatations. Jawar and all the arrested commit no crime. The arrest was politically motivated as it was followed by country crackdown against oppositions.

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  8. Abiy Ahimed is killing oromoo leaders systematically by poisoning them and leading this country to civil war. Human rights watch and other advocating groups should pressure him to allow Jawar Mohamed to seek medical attention. Abiy is neftegna minded leader with no previous leading experience who doesn’t care anything about country current and future fate rather than focusing on his personal interests( staying in power for ever ). #Abiymustgo.

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  9. Our leaders are in jail with critical health condition specially Jawar Mohammed seems poisoned intentionally by the Dictator Ethiopian government and he is not allowed to have medical evaluation and treatment.My worry is that if he is poisoned and developed severe complications like AKI we are going to loose him,because it doesn’t give time unless treated.

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  10. Abiy had the power because of they youths abiy supposedly leading the transition peacefully . Ethiopian is the poorest country in the world abiy wanst to be the 7th king what a great shame. We need our people to be free from this disaster leaders# Ethiopia are nation and nationalist country

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  11. Yes, we demand an immediate release and medication, no one will be responsible other than the terrorist group if something happens by negligence!

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  12. What sources do you have to say that he is sick? You imbecile morons in the comments are the reason for all those young lives lost.You are all siting in your comfortable houses urging the poor youngsters in the country to create chaos killing them. Jawar was and is a selfish bastard waist in existence, hundreds and thousands are dead because of him and you idiots are defending him a murderer that fool is not sick I wish he was I wish he was denied of medical assistance I wish this was true so he suffers as those Oromo mothers and Amhara mothers suffering in loss of their children. Every single one of you know this but blaming others for the mess YOU have created is not happening. ABIY IS HERE TO STAY. ETHIOPIA FOREVER.

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