On March 20th in Gondar, Fano held a meeting under the banner of “Fano Unity in Gondar”. The Press Release from that meeting is very clear about it’s objectives, but also reading of history. Which means the Amhara supremacy is very evident and the Amhara nationalist belief is the key asset of the Amhara Para-Military Group or Militia “Fano”. An armed group, which has been part of the tripartite alliance who invaded, conquered and massacred people in the Tigray region since November 2020.
So, in the Press Release, early on it states this: “The history of our country proves that Fano patriotism protects the dignity and freedom of our country and people by crushing the arrogant arms of foreign and domestic invaders and enemies in our country, Ethiopia. It is clear that Fano’s patriotic struggle and the demand for the rights of the youth have played a major role in reversing the tyranny of the tyrannical apartheid regime that has seized power in the country for the past 30 years. In recent months, the dictatorial regime, which has been ousted from power by the central government, has organized itself to invade the country” (A press release from Amhara Fano unity in Gondar!, 20.03.2022).
When you read a text like and with it’s pretext, it is objectively taking away the other ethnic groups and importance of those in the building of Ethiopia. As the Fano is more unique and important. That is not all of it.
The Fano is preparing even more, not only prefixing itself to the centre of history. However, it is preparing for furthering pain and suffering on Tigrayans. They are even claiming that the Tigray Defence Force (TDF) is aiming to invade again. Alas, at this very moment, the TDF is within Tigray and Afar region. They are not elsewhere. So, this can be seen as a warning from Fano. A militia and a para-military group, which was a part of “Operation Law Enforcement” and “Survival Campaign” of the state. Which is still helping to besiege and keep the Tigray under siege to this very day.
Just read this chilling text right here:
“We would like to express that we are ready to work in partnership with anyone who works sincerely for the unity of Amhara Fano in Gondar for the sovereignty and security of the people, justice, respect for the interest of the country and the people, and respect of identity and title rights. Amhara Fano Unity expresses its deepest condolences to those who lost their lives, property, bodies and victims of the atrocities committed by the invading terrorists and their subordinate terrorists in Gondar. We assure you that we will fight to liberate our people who are still under the rule of enemy terrorist groups. Realizing that the enemy is preparing for another invasion, we inform you that the people and the government of our country should be ready to defeat the enemy for the last time and the Amhara Fano unity will line up with Gondar in a better position” (A press release from Amhara Fano unity in Gondar!, 20.03.2022).
This text is written by one the parties who inflicted harm, violence and genocidal affairs within Tigray region. They are calling the Tigrayan terrorists … and doing it so viciously. While they are not even an official part of the army or entity of which anybody should acknowledge. However, they are still a part of the government and the tripartite alliance. Because, both head of state’s wanted more participation in the war against Tigray. That is evident.
Now, with that in mind… they are forewarning and can use this as an excuse to kill, murder and slaughter more Tigrayans. As they are all terrorists and invaders. That is how the Amhara Fano is looking at them. This sort of rhetoric and attempts of justification is only ensuring bloodbath on behalf of the well-wishers in the Federal Government. Which is not condemning or stopping Fano from acting this way. This means they are silently supporting it.
Just to end this dangerous press release, on the recommendations states this:
“We Amhara fanos are known warriors when the country and the people are in danger and we are patriots of development during peace. Therefore, we ask for development options that we can develop while guarding the borders of the country” (A press release from Amhara Fano unity in Gondar!, 20.03.2022).
They are clearly sending a message and they claiming to do the bidding of the Regional Special Forces and National Defence Force. As they are guarding and protecting the Amhara nation. This is really showing how prominent they think of themselves. Which they are even asking to be recognized, supported and one part, which I didn’t add is where Fano asked to integrated as an institution. That means it would be a state militia and official body of the state. That is what the Fano wrote in the end of the press release.
This shows the will of the nationalist and extremists of Amhara at this point. They are using the war and the conflict to enlarge their own role and place in Ethiopia. This by using military means and genocidal rhetoric to win popularity in their own regions. Instead of combatting this… the state is silently supporting it and it’s dangerous. Peace.