Ethiopia: Protest continues [fatalities rising] and Defence Minister Megersa arrested!

The assassination of Haacaaluu Hundeessaa sparked outright outrage and protest in Addis Ababa, Ambo and in the Oromia region. It is now reported that a total of 160 civilians has died as a result of their protest. While there is report of Command Post both in Oromia and in Addis. Means, that not only police is on the streets, but soldiers against its own citizens.

The Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed Ali and his team is directly attacking own citizens with weapons, arresting the leaders of the opposition. Media and journalists are also getting arrested. Today, the report of the Minister of Defence Lemma Megersa is also detained. The man that opened the doors to the PM is now arrested. Shows that he touch anyone he wants and doesn’t care.

The state is clearly taken away any voices who speaks up against the Prime Minister. They are not accepting that people are dissidents. The dissidents dies. They are either detained or killed. While the state is blaming outside forces, they are blaming the former oppressors of the TPLF. The party that didn’t join the new party Prosperity Party. So, the narrative is clear. It is also blaming the ones behind bars for inciting it. Which is clearly impossible, as they are behind bars and cannot communicate.

The Prime Minister can speak of rule of law, but uses oppressive means to silence his opposition. He first gave way to them and smiled in their comfort when he took power. The man promised them heaven, but is now serving the same hell as before. The only difference is that he has had time to consolidate power. Get his allies behind and now uses forces against the ones speaking against him. There is no other way to see this now.

When a singer and activist of Hundeessaa calibre gets gunned down. The Querro see one of their heroes die. The Oromo see one of their own dies. Just like the ones who wouldn’t bend to Abiy in Amhara, also died and the supposed “coup” have never been proven. It is just more injustice.

So, if you aim at Abiy, the cell or 6 fix under is the end-game. You better praise the king, the glory and the hallelujah to the risen star from above. Prime Minister Abiy commands so. Don’t you dare insult him or his ways. You will be punished. One way or another. Peace.

Society Against Genocide in Ethiopia (SAGE): Statement of SAGE on The Looming Human Catastrophe in Ethiopia in the Aftermath of Artist Hachalu Hundesa’s Assassination (03.07.2020)

Ethiopia: PM Abiy’s speech stink of Machiavelli

During this legal process, like in the past, we will not pull nails, we will not put people in the dark or we will not torture to investigate. [But] we have to show that no one is above the law; we have to show that no one, outside of peaceful and democratic means, can make us kneel. We have to show what war is to those who know nothing about war [but] want to show us what urban warfare is. It is important to show to those empty dreamers who don’t know how to win but spread their dreams through Facebook that winning through such means is impossible; we have to show them that they can only dream and not read their dreams” – Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed Ali TV Speech (03.07.2020).

Why don’t I trust the Prime Minister of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia now? Well, he says this is about rule of law and says foreign forces are involved, even a militia who is doing this. While his government has put up Command Post in Oromia and around Addis Ababa. While the government have used weapons and killed civilians during the last few days. Direct injustice towards the own citizens who used their feet on the streets voice up their grievances towards the government. A government that is behind the assassination Haacaaluu Hundeessaa.

It is really striking that the government are going against foreign forces and opposition as the trouble makers. When the army and police is all out violent against own citizens. The state is behind the killings and the civilians dying. That is why the state is so mum about details. Just like it have never found the missing link to the “Amhara Coup” either, but was able to install Abiy friendly people there.

No one loud critic was taken out with singer Hundeessaa. Also with the Oromo leadership behind bars indefinitely. They will be blamed together wit the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF), the party and the people who didn’t join the consoldited Prosperity Party. It is just so fitting to do so, as the whole narrative is controlled and set by the state. A state that has an blackout on the internet and jammed the phone lines in Oromia too.

This is all done deliberately together with the speech today to fix it for the state. It is to make arguments and reasoning to validate the violence, the brutality and the killings of civilians. This has been happening all week. The numbers have varied but is no stagnated around a 100 people who died in association with the demonstrations and state sponsored violence. Then its hard not to speak out. The injustice is deliberate and done with a purpose.

The state could get away with a fake “Amhara Coup” and they hope now to get away with a Oromo Protest getting bloody too. The Prime Minister and team has learned from previous oppressors. They know the techniques and uses the same means. Only under the banner of PP instead of the EPRDF or the Derg. They are using the state machine to be brutal and fatal to own population. While blaming “outside” forces and “opposition”. They are scarecrows and scapegoats for the destruction and violence made from the authorities.

He speaks of not putting people in the dark, but that is what it does. They want to control the situation, both mentally and physically. Trying to manufacturing consent and intimidate the voices of dissidents in the region of Oromia. One hero taken down and arrested the leadership of vital political groups at the same time. Creating political prisoners and blaming them for the violence at the same time. Like they can coordinate that from behind bars.

Like Machiavelli said in the Prince:

“… above all things, a prince ought to live amongst his people in such a way that no unexpected circumstances, whether of good or evil, shall make him change; because if the necessity for this comes in troubled times, you are too late for harsh measures; and mild ones will not help you, for they will be considered as forced from you, and no one will be under any obligation to you for them”Niccolò Machiavelli – (‘The Prince’ from the Chapter VIII, 1532)

The Prime Minister and team isn’t thinking this through. However, they just rejuvenating old theatrics and means to oppress the public. I cannot see anything else. Only that it used the flag of reforms and prosperity in a “medemer” dogma, which is just a tool to trick the world. I have a hard time seeing difference between what’s happening now and what happened not long ago during the “State of Emergency”. The only difference is who the “enemy” is and “good guy” is. The rest is a similar fashion and the ones dying is still the citizens. That is the dire reality of this.

Also a man of supposed peace has clearly no issues making war towards his own. The Prime Minister declaring war on his own and signalling “outsiders” as trouble-makers. It is as old as Machiavelli the Prince:

“ …a prince ought to have two fears, one from within, on account of his subjects, the other from without, on account of external powers. From the latter he is defended by being well armed and having good allies, and if he is well armed he will have good friends, and affairs will always remain quiet within when they are quiet without, unless they should have been already disturbed by conspiracy…”Niccolò Machiavelli – (‘The Prince’ from the Chapter XIX, 1532).

Seems like he got the lesson from Machiavelli. He is following it and to a T. Peace.

My letter to Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed Ali: Is this your legacy?

2nd July 2020 Oslo

Dear Prime Minister of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, His Excellency Abiy Ahmed Ali.

I am writing to you with concern of your citizens. The ones your representing and being the head of state off. It is weird that an outsider has to write this to you, but maybe you would listen, if this coming from an outsider. However, I doubt you would skim the passages and words I put down. Still, I write to you, because I need to do it.

It is in haste and in need, as the military are putting up Command Post in the Oromia Region. As there violent attacks on citizens in Addis Ababa. Gunshots are heard and there is fear, intimidation and death. This is all happening on your watch, Prime Minister Abiy.

Prime Minister Abiy you came in with promise and with flex into your role as the Head of State. However, that promise have withered and the brutality of your rule is now evident. Citizens are dying. Activist and singer Hacaalu Hubdeessaa was assassinated only four days ago. The Oromo leaders are behind bars.

You know how this works. Prime Minister you have seen this darkness before. This sort of oppression, brutality and state sponsored violence against citizens. We know there is injustice going on, when you block the internet and telephone. That is because your worried of the leaks of the vile acts made by the state.

Prime Minister Abiy, do you want to be remembered as a bloody tyrant?

Prime Minister Abiy, do you want to be remembered as a dictator?

Is that what you are looking for? If so, then continue with your ill attempt of misrule. Where you only know how to order the army and police on your own citizens.

I would think you were better, but apparently … you are just like the rest of them. However, Mr. Prime Minster you came in on a lie. You came in on a pledge and breached it. You pocketed goodwill and now your letting it burn.

Mr. Prime Minister your squandering all your earlier efforts. Burning the bridges and only leaving skeletons left on the streets. These being your citizens, the citizens who you are supposed to defend and represent. It is like you have forgotten why you are there.

The deaths, the murders and vicious attempts to get rid enemies are now in the open. You are doing the same as the old oppressors. You are trying to peddle propaganda to cover it up, but you will not win with that. It is only showing that you as an emperor is naked. There is no redemption here, unless you carry the weight of the tormented people. The people that is violently brutalized on your command.

Prime Minister, I hate to say it. Your name isn’t with hope anymore. It’s no pride in your name. There is no trust in progress or in reforms. It is only devastation and destruction. You had your moment and you have already blown it.

Man up, buckle up and know that you have a light a fire, you most likely don’t have the ability to extinguish it.

You could have done so much better Prime Minster Abiy, but you choose differently.

Best Regards

Writer of Minbane

Ethiopia: The protests continues… [Fatalities on the rise]

It is now reported that up to 80 people have lost their lives in the demonstrations against the state after the assassination Hachalu Hundessa. There are also added speculations, which isn’t verified but online that the uncle and father of the deceased singer has been shot by the authorities. After discussions with Querro, Authorities and the Family about where the singer should be buried. The initial state plan was in Ambo, but the Querro and family wanted it to be in Finfinne. However, that is yet to be verified.

What we do know is that the authorities continues to crackdown on the opposition. Use them as tools for oppression and excuses for the uprising after the assassination of Hundessa. Today, the high ranking arrest was Eskinder Nega, the journalist and opposition politician. His now being blamed too for “illegal activity” and held at unknown place. The Oromo Leadership and close knitted family is kept in secret locations too and the organizations behind them haven’t been able to contact them after the arrests.

AIGA Forum Update today states this:

Update 07-01-20 #2- The regime has arrested Eskinder Nega and has accused him of organizing a youth group that was planning to carry illegal activities. The regime has also accused Jawar and Bekele Gerba as key organizers behind the current Oromo protest and many prior killings and disturbances. The looting is still ongoing in Addis Ababa and ethnically motivated killings are on the rise. According to a source many people are being killed daily in Addis.

Stay tuned. Aigaforum Jul 1st, 2020”.

This here says it all about the situation, as dire and bleak it is. While some cry havoc over the government buildings burning and statutes butchered. The same ones aren’t in tears over the loss of lives. Innocent civilians dying, because they speak out in the streets. The ones who dares to walk out and do their civic duty. While the authorities are using their monopoly of violence, police brutality and bullets to silence the public.

Still, with the hardships, the pain and the suffering. The amounts of rising deaths. The uncertainty, the leadership behind bars for the Oromo. The public is still protesting and showing their resilience. They are not accepting the state’s excuses and “alleged conspirators”. Because, the public knows how comes with guns, arrests and assaults them. It is government sanctioned violence against them on their own soil. The ones that supposed to protect them.

We know it’s messed up, when the former oppressors of the TPLF and leaders of the EPRDF says the truth in a Press Release from their Central Committee, which states this:

WHEREAS, everyone, especially our people, are aware that the regime and its followers, who have found out that a head-on collision with our people and their ruling party is like a head-on collision with iron, have turned to a coordinated campaign mainly by spreading false information through the media and by dispatching mercenaries in order to destroy our internal peace and stop our developmental efforts thereby throwing us to extreme darkness” (TPLF Central Committee, 30.06.2020):

When you see that in the midst of the darkest hour. As you see the bloodshed and hear the news, the dire need for change. The deaths, the use of force and state sanctioned killings. The blind violence against citizens. As they are demonstrating, since they lost one of their heroes and their leaders are behind bars for unknown reasons.

There is also reports that Military Command Post is enforced in Addis Ababa and Finfinne. We just know what that means, as the Command Post under the EPRDF meant blood and terror. This is not new. Show’s how depressing the state of affairs is right now.

We know the Prime Minister is wrong. We know his naked and the truth is dark, grim and despicable. There is no spin to change this. Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed Ali, this is all on your watch and with your blessing. This blood is on your hands. Peace.

Ethiopia: Security and Justice for Tigreans in Ethiopia – Press Release (30.06.2020)

Ethiopia: Oromo Renaissance Organization (ORO) – Press Release (30.06.2020)

Ethiopia: The Emperor is now naked

There are now reports of massive demonstrations across the Republic of Ethiopia. Where there alleged mass killings of civilians of up to a 150. That number is not verified. Only about 7 or 8 is verified. This has all happen after the assassination of Haacaaluu Hundeessa yesterday in Addis Ababa. Today the state have also arrested key Oromo leaders. These being Jawar (OMN), Gudina (OPC) and Ayana (OLF). 

The internet is blocked. The police is shooting at civilians and there are demonstrations in the Republic as a result of the killing of the popular singer and activist Hundeessa.

We know the realities are dire when the Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed Ali is claiming the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) and Egyptian are inciting this violence. Not that it has anything to do with the steady police brutality and violence against citizens. It is state sponsored violence and the PM trying to deflect that.

There is also unverified reports that 20 Amhara civilians have been killed inside the Oromia region. This with the unverified deaths of the 150 civilians in total.

There are also reports of demonstrations in Addis Ababa, Adama (Nazret), Chiro and in Harar. In Addis Ababa there is fires, not only of tires in the streets, but also of houses and shops. In the capital its also unverified reports of use of explosives.

There is also reports of a possible rift between the army as they are trying to free Mohammed Jawar from custody (Ogaden Online).

There is also reports that the police is battling protest in several of districts. This what we do know now, as the connection and reports are not steady coming out of the republic.

We should worry about the actions made by the state today. It is a clear sign that the Emperor is naked. The dark days are back and the gloves are all off. The internet blockade, the police brutality and uncertainty of how many has fallen. While the leadership of the opposition is behind bars. This is just like in the past. Just with a new head. The almighty Abiy. Peace.

Ethiopia: A crackdown on the Oromo Leadership after the assassination of Hundeessa

There is worrying signs of old times in Ethiopia, as opposition leaders and activists are put behind bars. While other known leaders and activists possibly get assassinated. That is why singer Haacaaluu Hundeessaa was assassinated yesterday. The queerro is out in the streets demonstrating that. There is also evident that the internet is blocked nation-wide. This is to stop information flowing between the regions, as the state is cracking down on the opposition.

There are reports of three dead in the demonstrations in Addis Ababa over the assassination of Hundeessa yesterday. They are demonstrating because of the deceased and the state offers more bloodshed.

As we hear those report. There are other reports that the leaders of the Oromo has been arrested today. This being Dawud Ibsa Ayana leader of Oromo Liberation Front, Merara Gudina leader of the Oromo People’s Congress and Mohammed Jawar of Oromo Media Network has all been arrested.

Oromo Media Network has also been shut-down.

So, the state has ring-fenced them. The state has taken in all the leaders of the Oromo, instead of finding and investigate the assassination of Hundessaa. They are instead arresting the leaders of the Oromo.

It is like the authorities enforce violence and hope nobody is watching. There is no difference between the brutal rule of the TPLF controlled EPRDF and the violence served by the Prosperity Party under Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed Ali.

The Prime Minister knows this and still uses these means against the Oromo leadership. If you thought the government was up to settle differences and making sure all the stakeholders was listened too. Instead they are silencing them and stopping them.

We are seeing the PP and Abiy are not wanting to have real peace, but fake peace. Where intimidation, assassinations and state violence is keeping them in power. While suspended elections over COVID-19 and now internet blackout. We can just await using the enforcement of “State of Emergency” legislation to stop the demonstrations.

The state is now amplifying their steps to attack the Oromo. They have already used the police and military in the region to beat and arrest civilians on the daily. Now they are doing this to its leadership too. Showing they are not intending to do this peacefully. When they are incriminating the leadership itself.

Abiy is showing that he is a tyrant, when he arrests and get rid of critical voices. This is not the voice of reason, but voice of tyranny. The Prime Minister will be remembered for this. The actions made now. Shows there are no turning back and that he intends to use the means of TPLF to control the state and its citizens. He has learned their skills and now ushering it to the public.

The brutality of previous leaders are now shown in Abiy. He is using this against his own people of the Oromo. When his willing to do that, then he will do so against anybody who speaks up against him and his reign. He is willing to kill to stay on top. That is the reality now. This is why the state is arresting these Oromo leaders. As a signal of what they will do, if the public really starts to demonstrate and use their feet’s on the ground. Peace.

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