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Thousands in Ethiopian capital rally against Tigray rebels

Agust 08.2021

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Ethiopians hold up the poster of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Vladimir Putin President of Russia by saying “ We thank you Erdogan “ during a huge gathering built up at Meskel square, a central road, in Addis Ababa to condemn the Tigray People’s Liberation Front fighting for a comeback after it was deposed in 2018 through three years of anti-government protests in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on August 8, 2021. Photo: Minasse Wondimu Hailu – Anadolu Agency

Ethiopia’s capital saw a large rally on Sunday in support of the national defense forces and condemning the Tigray rebels in the country’s north.

Thousands of people from the Oromia region and elsewhere rallied at Meskeq Square in the capital Addis Ababa, with farmers on decorated horses marching through the crowd chanting songs.

With the theme, “I will march to save Ethiopia,” demonstrators held up signs with slogans such as “We will safeguard the unity of Ethiopia through sacrifice.”

The second rally in less than a month, Sunday’s gathering came two days after fighters of the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) entered Lalibella, a historic town featuring 12th century-built monolithic churches – a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Demonstrators also held up posters of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, along with Russian President Vladimir Putin, and chanted “Thank you, Erdogan” for his support for stability in Ethiopia.

In an Aug. 1 telephone call with Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, Erdogan said Turkey places great importance on peace and stability in Ethiopia and will continue to provide all kinds of support.

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The TPLF ruled Ethiopia for 27 years at the head of a four-party coalition until 2018, when it was at long last toppled, largely by youths from Oromia and Amhara, the county’s two most populous regions.

Its rule was characterized by repression of dissent, high-profile corruption, and human rights violations.

Last November, TPLF forces raided the Northern Command of Ethiopian National Defense Forces, killing soldiers and looting sizable military hardware. The following day, the Ethiopian government launched a sweeping law enforcement operation against the group’s leaders.

On June 29, Ethiopia’s government declared a unilateral cease-fire, reportedly to offer farmers in Tigray the chance to a chance to harvest their lands, and withdrew its forces from Tigray. Rejecting the cease-fire, the TPLF encroached into lands in the neighboring regional states of Amhara and Afar.

Last week after visiting Ethiopia, Samantha Power, the head of the USAID, urged the TPLF to immediately withdraw its fighters from the lands it made forceful incursions into, a call echoed by the US State Department, but the group rejected the call.

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3 Comments

  1. This is too little and too late. Mandatory military enlistment for all adults over all Ethiopia should be in place in rotation for 3-6 months untill all enemies of Ethiopia are subdued. That includes finishing and uprooting TPLF, Shane, regime change in Sudan favorable to Ethiopia and by the way resolve the issue for Darfir people. You can not expect an army with only 100K members infested with corrupt officers that retreat from wars to solve the issue. Militias in every town should be armed like in DERG time to fend of rag tag militias. And full scale qttck on both TPLF and Sudan front is a must until TPLF is anhilated in every corner of Ethiopia and also in deep Sudan bases that TPLF is training and Sudan should forced out from Amhara and Benishangule lands that they have advaced recently. Total mobilization and total war is the only solution for lasting peace. If that takes rolling the hedas of the current Arat kilo incumbents if they are not up to the job then be it. The alternative is being slaved by racist ethnic cliques for generations to come. People should not let to take the power grip at any cost as we well know what did happen when Weyyane was received with open hands 30 years ago. On regards to destroying TPLF not only is needed to destroy their terrorist infrastructure but also their idiology including their statues in every town of Tigray as nothing is worth to remember about TPLF. Their modus ooerandi always is the same. A few orevilaged students in Hailesilasie era including Meles moved from their cozy university campuses to hide behind Tigrean civilians and try to power grab based of forming ethinc alienation. They made civilians in Tigray a sheild for their war efforts. Pretty much what the do today. And they recruit Tigreans on pointing that the central government is killing Tigreans. But Tigreans never were killed until these spoiled Tigreans university kids went to use the Tigray peasants as human shield. Now thyvare using third generation if these peasants as a commodity to come to power. So there should not be any status left standing this time around celebrating this terrorists. For that matter the Anole statue should also be turned down as is also based on fake narratives.

  2. Good reporting . But don’t you think you need to have an English version of the report if non- Ethiopians are to understand what it is all about?

    Thank you.

  3. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Vladimir Putin President of Russia are now the two leaders backing genociders . To kill your own people you are stretching your hands to foreign leaders , araba mercenaries etc

    Ethiopia stretchs out her hands to secular powers , Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Vladimir Putin President of Russia, and massacre its own people , including children, mothers , unaramed elders, priests , monks and demolish heritage sites and places of worship.

    Why did Erdogan failed to defend the destruction of Al Nejashi Mosque ? He is acting in the interest of his country’s economy, politics and security etc etc

    There will be a day when blame all those days you get in touch with them to kill your own people that leads to total instability and collapse of the entire country.

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