A Twitter account with more than 21 thousand followers shared an image on Apr 7, captioned, “A whole truck surrendering without a single gunshot! Oromia will be liberated by its children!” By the time this article is published the post was retweeted more than 38 times and had got more than 190 reactions.
However, HaqCheck found out that the image was old and rated it False.
Oromo Liberation Army (OLA), which is called OLF-Shane by the federal government of Ethiopia, was a military wing of the Oromo Liberation Front (OLF) from which it claimed to split independently later on May 1, 2021.
After several alleged attacks, it is claimed to commit in different parts of the country, targeting civilians and public infrastructure over the past couple of years, the Ethiopian government included both TPLF and OLF-Shane to its terrorist group list.
In a statement the Oromo Federalist Congress (OFC) issued on Apr 9, it urged the government to resolve the armed conflict it is engaged in with OLF-Shane in peaceful Terms and bring the armed group to the political space. The party also appealed to the government to stretch its hands of peace to OLF-Shane as it did in Tigray.
It is in consideration of the relevance of the claim in this situation that the Twitter post is published.
HaqCheck found out that the image used by the tweet was first posted on Jul 4, 2021, on a Facebook page called Eritrea & Ethiopian fun pages in a Tigrigna language captioned,“ሓዱሽ ሕጂ ዝበፀሓና ምስሊ ድማ ብጃል መሮ ዝምራሕ ናይ oromiya ነፀናት ሓይሊ ንናይ ፒፒ ኣቢ ኣሕመድ ሰራዊት ሓመድ ድፋጭኡ ድሕሪ ምእታው ብመኪና ክሃድም ድሕሪ ምፍታኑ ብናይ ድብያን ቆረፃን ብኸምዚ ትሪኡዎ ኣብ ትሕቲ ቁፁፁሩ ኣውዒልዎም ኣሎ።”
The caption is translated as, “The Oromia Liberation Army under a command of Jal Marroo is gaining victory over Prosperity Party’s [Abiy Ahmeds’] soldiers and captured them.”
Even if there are several claims of the war undergoing between the Federal government and the Oromia Liberation Army, HaqCheck inspected the image used as a showcase to the claim and proved that the image is old. Therefore HaqCheck rendered the post False.