A new Ethiopian raw video is being circulated nationwide depicting the aftermath of the Oromo student protests in Ambo town of Oromia. The independently made video reveals a radically different side of the Oromo protests, showing widespread destruction of private and public property as well as a climate of fear for non-Oromos in Ambo.
The Oromo protests started two weeks ago demanding the suspension of the “Addis Ababa master plan.” While most news reports claimed the protests were peaceful, the raw video shows signs of a violent uprising. The video interviewed Ambo university officials who praised the Oromo students for being peaceful but condemned people outside campus for hijacking the protest.
Several banks, hotels and shops were burned down and looted by non-student protesters. The video revealed a city devastated by the Oromo protests.
The raw documentary film is taped by independent videojournalist Benyam Kebede, who local sources said is the most respected journalist in Ethiopia. He is famous for balanced reporting, covering both government corruption as well as positive developments in the country.
Some Oromo students interviewed by the journalist said their protest was hijacked by non-student outsiders. They also said no student was killed by the police, suggesting that the violent clash occurred only between non-students and security forces.
Other sources said a bank security officer and police were reportedly killed by the Oromo protestors.
The Ambo University president said some non-Oromo students from other ethnic group regions felt unsafe in Ambo so they hid inside churches for refugee. Witnesses said both Christians and Muslims united to prepare food and feed the non-Oromo refugees hiding in churches.
Some of the burned down businesses were reportedly owned by Oromo diaspora investors while others belong to the locals. Many of the businessmen victims said they decided to invest inside Ambo instead of Addis ababa because Ambo was their hometown. But now, many people have lost all their savings and lost everything they worked for their whole life, they revealed.