Ethiopia: Patriarch Abune Mathias I is house-arrested for addressing the Tigray conflict

It is today confirmed the Patriarch of Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church (EOTC) his Holiness Abune Mathias I is put under house-arrest. That comes as he earlier this week was able to smuggle out a video addressing the Tripartite Alliance warfare in the Tigray Region. This have hurt the pride of the rulers in Addis Ababa. That’s why his been put under house-arrest and lost his liberty. Because, he dared to speak out on the injustice happening on the watch of Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed Ali. He dared to question the Prosperity Party and their allies. Their efforts to undermine and destroy the Tigray region. Those selected words was clearly enough and he now has to face the face the consequences for it.

Here is his words of wisdom:

God will have his own judgment in responding to these atrocities, but people are dying; women are being raped; in fact the men who died are better off than the women who are enduring a life time scar… I truly don’t know how this could be stopped” (…) “Stop this free reign of killing… This kind of cruelty has never been heard before, especially the suffering the women are going through. Is it really necessary to do this kind of dirty deed without the fear of God?” (…) “Churches around the world to see this and do their share to help stop, even by being a voice to this grotesque deed which is unseen and unheard around the world and which we can’t even dare to speak about… .there is no time I rested; my conscious is distraught. If my voice is heard, will it help? I want all of you to think about it. To the people of Tigray around the world and in the country, this may pass; may God give you the strength, there is nothing that shall not pass… don’t be overrun by fear and anxiety. Pray to your God” – Holiness Abune Mathias I the Patriarch of the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church (EOTC) – (Addis Standard – ‘Ethiopian Orthodox Patriarch Says War in Tigray ‘Barbarism’ and ‘Attempt to Erase Tigrayans’; Says His Repeated Pleas ‘Censored’ 08.05.2021).

These words are tough to read. The ones watching the clip, which was released much be even harder. To see a man of such stature and office say these things. When has to come out and state the dire facts. Than you know the Republic is in trouble. When he has to pay a price for even saying it. That says even more about the rulers.

When the reformists and the supposed men of peace in Addis Ababa is making him a criminal and a prisoner in his own home. When the state is limiting his space, his movement and his voice. Just because he dared to speak out. You just know the situation is dangerous and the ones in-charge doesn’t value liberty, justice or freedom of speech. No, they are just concerned with their egos and realms of power.

Prime Minister Abiy and his men cannot save themselves anymore. They have gone after political opponents… and activists. Now they are going after anyone who dares to oppose them. They are even shielding and arresting clergy. That says more about Abiy than it says about Holiness Abune Mathias I. He just spoke his peace… and said what needed to be said. That shouldn’t be a crime, but clearly is now seen as violation in Ethiopia.

This is showing the failures of the state and how oppressive it is. Also, that it got to have some truths in it. If it wasn’t truthful or taken seriously. He wouldn’t be a prisoner in his own home. Peace.

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We, members of Oromia Global Forum (OGF) – a global alliance of 45 Oromo civic, professional and religious Organizations – have learned that, on May 03, 2021, Ethiopia’s security forces raided the residence of the chairman of Oromo Liberation Front (OLF), Mr. Dawud Ibsa, illegally and without any court order.

Several print and media outlets reports confirm that, yesterday, May 3, 2021, Ethiopia’s security forces cordoned off areas surrounding Mr. Dawud Ibsa’s residence. They cut off all traffic in and out of the area and violently broke into the Chairman’s residence in Addis Ababa, at about 9:00pm, local time.

OGF’s local sources corroborated that the Ethiopian regime’s security forces cut off power supply to the property, and forcibly raided the residence, looted computers, communication equipment, electronic devices, other properties from the Chairman’s residence. They have beaten and removed the on duty security guards of the Chairman, his guests, relatives, and all employees that were present in the compound at the time of the brutal raid. The raiders reportedly looted valuable personal belongings and cash belonging to the residents and visitors. They destroyed furniture and other properties that they could not move/remove from the premises.

At the time of filing this press release, we have learned that unusually large congregation of government security and police forces are seen going in and out of the vicinity of Mr. Ibsa’s residence. Vehicular and pedestrian circulation in the area is restricted. People who ventured into the area unaware of the restrictions were arrested on the spot, and vehicular and pedestrian movements for the general public in the area remain prohibited.

The violent, illegal and inhumane treatment of the chairman, his security guards, family members, guests, visitors and the general public by the Ethiopian regime is heart-breaking.

By removing the security guards of the chairman, Mr. Dawud Ibsa, the Ethiopian government is exposing Mr. Ibsa to real, and present life threatening danger. The OGF believes that the safety and life of Mr. Ibsa is under huge risk, and Abiy Ahmed is the sole responsible entity, if anything happens to Mr. Ibsa.

We, members of Oromia Global Forum, condemn the cowardly and criminal acts of the government of Ethiopia, in the strongest possible terms.

Taking this opportunity, we would like to ask the heads of the governments of USA, UK, EU, AU, UNSC, the Secretary general of the United Nations, the UN Human Rights High commissioner, and other international Humanitarian and human rights organizations to immediately intervene and stop the government of Abiy Ahmed from acts of madness and lawlessness, ensuring the safety and life of Mr. Dawud Ibsa, all other persons and political prisoners in Ethiopia.

Sincerely,

Oromia Global Forum

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