gathered in front of the U.S. Capitol on Sunday to ask the Obama administration
to "stop supporting dictatorial regimes in the continent and in Ethiopia."
Speakers urged Congress to stop all
kinds of all aid, including military aid, to the government of Ethiopia which
they charge with genocide. The Ethiopian embassy in Washington DC declined to
"March for Freedom", was attended mostly by Ethiopians. Ethiopian ethnic
groups were represented, including Tigray, Amhara, Oromo and Agnuak.
organizations sponsored the event. The Agnuak Justice Council, founded by
activist Obang Meto, was one of the organizers of the protest. Other sponsors
included Africa Action and Transparency Africa.
One of the
speakers, Genocide Watch President Dr. Greg Stanton, derscribed research
conducted by his organization on the deaths of more than 400 unarmed Agnuak in
Gambella in 2003. Stanton Stanton and
others have called it a massacre by Ethiopian troops. Stanton also said similar
actions are being taken by the Ethiopian government in other parts of the
Hussein of Minneapolis also spoke at the protest about unity against tyranny.
Ahmed quoted an Oromo saying that "People who erect the same hut don't fight
over the grass for the roof. We are one people, and we are here for the same
said that the crowd was estimated over 1,000 people.