As feared and forewarned for the last 26 years by many forces and quarters in Ethiopia the smoldering identity issues seem to have reached the boiling point and are about to erupt into a national insurrection against the murderous regime of TPLF. The first is what everybody feared and second or the collective reaction is what everybody wished. As Afars, the systematic incorporating of traditionally owned land by TPLF is not new to us. The 1976 TPLF’s Political Manifesto for Republic of Greater Tigray proclaimed the ownership of Afar land. We can say that TPLF started this expropriating process first in Afar land in 1978. Only three years after its inception in 1975, the first battle between them and the Afars was fought in the Barahle village and hence the launching of our UGUUGUMO resistance immediately after the famous Talaatâ Qeebi (The battle of Tuesday) as it is known locally. Since then, the systematic and unlawful claim of other Nationalities’ lands and transferring them into ever-expanding Tigrai region never stopped. Tigray ethnic settlements in Abaala district of the Afar region unlawfully claimed the ownership of Abaala as they did before the neighbouring districts of Konnaba and Dalol of the Afar Region.
For the last 25 years claiming and annexing lands from other nationalities in every corner in Ethiopia went on without restraint. Last year, it was the Oromos turn to be victimised. This year, it is the turn of Walkaiti-Tegde Amharas of Gondar. They expropriate and incorporate our traditional land into ever expanding Tigrai or change them into cash in municipal areas in cities like Addis Ababa one at a time. We, the victims of the TPLF crime react by turn too. Terrorizing civilians in different regions of Ethiopia is not new. TPLF has been doing it all those years. We think, only now the reaction seem to take a collective form. All political forces are warning of its political misadventures and not begging TPLF to sit down with them. They are now demanding the demise of the TPLF. Nobody is demanding its reform. The claim that all who oppose TPLF destructive policies are in the payment of neighbouring Eritrea Government is not equally new. TPLF regime killed and jailed civilians over charges related to the exercise of their freedom of speech, freedoms of expression, assembly and association. Ethiopian peoples have been experienced systematic killings, enforced disappearances, and oppression, marginalization and human rights violations at hands of TPLF from day one in 1991.
ARDUF condemns in the strongest possible terms the despicable, heinous and barbaric killings and deliberate targeting of innocent civilians in Gondar by TPLF tyrannical regime.
ARDUF offers its sincere condolences and sympathies to the families of the victims. We express our full support and solidarity with peaceful Ethiopian Amharas of Gondar. It is well documented that TPLF/EPRDF regime has been killing, detaining, torturing and terrorising its civilians in different regions of Ethiopia criminally.
ARDUF also unequivocally condemns the unlawful act of collective punishment, human rights violations, systematic killings, unlawful detention, torture, sexual violence, enforced disappearances and deprivation of liberty of Ethiopian peoples on the basis of ethnicity and religion.
ARDUF can confirm that in Afar region TPLF security forces continue to use hunger as a weapon of war and collectively punishment against northern localities of the Afar region perceived to be supporting our organisation ARDUF.
ARDUF further calls upon all Ethiopian peoples in general and opposition forces in particular to coordinate our democratic struggle to accelerate the dismantling and demise of the current murderous regime of TPLF and calls on all stakeholders not to lose the sight of genuine federation of all nationalities in united Democratic Republic of Ethiopia in spite of the tearing apart of our social fabric by TPLF regime in their final attempt to take down every body with them. As TPLF ultimate goal is to secede from Ethiopia and form an independent “Republic of Greater Tigray” by annexing the Afar region into their new Republic of Greater Tigray we will be the first to combat it as we were the first to fight TPLF from its inception.
The Victory to Ethiopian People in their Democratic Struggle against Tyranny
Vive la ARDUF/UGUUGUMO
Military Command Centre (MCC)
Afar Revolutionary Democratic Unity Front (ARDUF)