Hawass – Loque Massacre in 2002
On the 24th of May 2002 thousands of Sidama people at Awassa, Loque rose against the tyranny of TPLF/EPRDF (Tigerian racist group). As a result of their peaceful demonstration they were indiscriminately shot and killed and dragged their dead bodies in the streets of Awassa.
The massacre was carried out by the special forces led by TPLF/EPRDF Officials. TPLF made Sidamas foreigners in their own land. All the Sidamas who stood for their rights were systematically killed, imprisoned and forced to flee their country. This strategy of silencing Sidama is to keep them from uniting which pose threat to Tigreians narrow minded racist regime. History will not forget and forgive this regime and its hunch backs responsible for Loque massacre.