Ethiopia: Tigray Independence Party (TIP) – “Our war is a struggle for freedom to realize an independent and sovereign country by all measures.” (21.05.2022)

Our war is a struggle for freedom to realize an independent and sovereign country by all measures. The danger we are facing is one of the most decisive events in our long history as a nation; It is the highest turning point in history. Although Tigray’s history and aspirations as an ethnic group, its historical origins and its relationship with Ethiopia are reasons enough to become a country in its own right; The developments after the October 24/2013 invasion and the question of Tigray nationality have created complete moral and legal reasons. We have even been subjected to the blatant crime of genocide; The fact that “our country” was able to gather foreign forces to invade and destroy us is in itself; May it be fair to end the war we are waging by revealing the state of Tigray.

Tigray Independence Party

Ethiopia: Amhara have gone from a trusted ally into a mortal enemy…

Amhara Regional State Peace and Security Bureau chief, Desalegn Tassew, said 4,552suspects have been arrested in connection with the ongoing “rule of law operation” in the region since a week ago. Of these, more than 1,780 are suspects who failed to discharge their public duties, including members of the regional security forces. The Bureau Chief also said “the suspects arrested also include those suspected of using social media, both inside and outside the region, “to further destabilize the region,” Desalegn said. He told state media that efforts were underway “to ensure the peace and security of the people of the state.” and as part of the government’s efforts “in preventing illegal activities, ensuring the rule of law and ensuring public safety.” He also said that the detained individuals were suspected of implementing a mission from inside and outside the country during the military attack by Tigrayan forces in the regional state” (Addis Standard – ‘News: Amhara state security detain more than 4,000 in ongoing crackdown’ 23.05.2022).

The people of Amhara and the region as a whole gets a taste of the unifying approach, which have been prevalent in every other corner of the Republic during Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed Ali. The “Medemer Terror” is now reaching the homes, the villages and cities of Amhara region. Just as it has been served in Oromia, Ogaden, Afar and Tigray region. No one is untouchable and now the Amhara nationalists who was behind it. Are now seeing the efforts turned on them.

The Amhara which has been vital in the warfare in the Western Tigray and in the invasion of Tigray region in November 2020. They are now meeting the same authorities and getting apprehended, as it has occurred to other nationalities and political groups in the Republic. They are feeling what the Ogaden, Oromia and Tigray have felt for years now. The same blunt force and retribution towards the ones called “enemies of the state”.

The Prosperity Party of Amhara is now using the same disguise of “law and order” to replicate and issue orders of mass-arrests. Detaining youths and militia members of “Fano”. Also members of the media and activists who has fought with the state previously, but have turned critical. As they have stopped fighting directly for the causes of the Amhara nationalists. That’s why even the National Movement of Amhara (NaMA) has been targeted and members have been detained of late.

The region of Amhara is just feeling the blunt and relentless policies which has been inflicted elsewhere. As the Amhara has been behind it all along and supported it as “uniting” Ethiopia. Alas, now they are getting the backstabbing and the retaliation towards the ones that isn’t complying or willing to follow the one-party-line. That’s why they are getting targeted like the Oromo Querro has been and other groups, which the state has deemed unfit at one point or another. Now, the same treatment is going to Gondar or Bahir Dar. Certainly, the allies and close connected to the state will feel betrayed.

However, they accepted this when it happened in the other regions. When the other regions was burning and in dire need. The Amhara was spiteful and saying they should just die or follow suit. Now they should listen to their own previous pleas and make consider their stances. Since, they are seeing what the Federal Government is willing to do and what sort of state they have vouching for. The chickens has come home to roost.

This is injustice, but they know perfectly well what the “Fano” has done for months upon end in Tigray or elsewhere where they have been deployed. Therefore, the retaliation from the state is self-serving. It is going after a former ally, which was useful in the invasion and a power-house for it to use.

Now, the tides are turning and we can wonder what transpired to make this all happen. Because, it seems all good just a week ago… Peace.

Opinion: The Ethiopian Herald Editorial continues with it’s vilification of Tigray

The Ethiopian Herald published today on the 22nd May 2022 an Editorial called “For half a century harping on the same string war”. It is about the humanitarian blockade and the reasons to keep it like that. This is a piece on how the regime of Addis Ababa defends it war in Tigray and the blockade, which it has had since November 2020.

This has been the best month of humanitarian assistance and the convoys have become more rapidly. The recent amount have been around 300 trucks in the recent, which is still a backdrop of the needs of the Tigray region. As the estimation earlier has been around a 100 trucks a day with humanitarian assistance to cover the needs and stop a famine. However, the state has ensured the utilities, electricity, telephone-lines, internet-blockage and everything else has been blocked. Just like the Federal Government had stopped sending over financial support to the Regional Government a year ahead of the conflict. So, it’s not like the Tigray had a head start, but the regime had already planned all of this.

The piece today starts as humble as this: “Nonstop beating the drum of war, prophesying a fake freedom garnished with all-rounded democracy, promising an Eldorado that evolves out of drought-ravaged, recurrent-drought-hit and conflict-torn Tigray, Terrorist TPLF was cannon foddering specially Tigrayan youths, the cream of the cake, in an unjust war” (Ethiopian Herald, 22.05.2022).

The unjust war is true, as the Tripartite Alliance had prepared for it in November 2020. They were awaiting orders and had prepared across the borders of Tigray. The allies could attack from Eritrea, Afar and Amhara region. The Addis Ababa, Bahir Dar and Asmara was all ready to attack the region. The mechanical divisions was there. Troops had been deployed across the border points and nothing was left to chance. Therefore, the writer in his assessment is blaming the victim of the recent war. Saying they are beating the drums of war. When the government and regime he defends are doing similar actions in Oromia and has done it Ogaden too. Therefore, it is grim when you vilify an enemy to this extent.

An unjust war… his right… and it’s not over either. As the stalemate are here and the FDRE seems to be preparing for another “offensive” as it has continued that in Oromia of late. When that ceases and the ENDF has new re-enforcement. We should anticipate another attack on the Tigray region.

The editorial continues: “TPLF tries to hypnotize Tigraian mothers sweet talking them about valorous sons they bless off to earthly hell. It has been doing this from its inception. Those in the top brass of the filth-besmirched party has pressed ahead with this heinous deed of optimizing self-interest using the feeble and the elderly as twigs in the hearths the latter warm their bodies with. What do they care?, for it is not they themselves that bear the brunt of the invited war. Like a rabid dog barking at and biting every neighbor as well as saber rattling TPLF leaders make the Tigraian people shunned neighbors in all directions. Sowing the seed of discord is craftiness they are adept at” (Ethiopian Herald, 22.05.2022).

These sorts of things we have heard and read before. In the way and manner of which the party of Tigray is swaying the mothers to send their sons to battle to die. You can see the hatred and vilification is extreme. When they are continuing to say it like this and spell out it. The rhetoric is disgusting and just shows how they are speaking of all Tigrayan. That’s why they are targeting the mothers… and says the TPLF is sending their sons to hell. As if they are hell-bound, but the endless conflict right now is all in the hands of the Federal Government and their allies. Because, that is still having control and have annexed Western Tigray. Therefore, the blame isn’t solely on Tigray, but on Asmara, Bahir Dar and Addis Ababa too.

The Editorial continues: “It channels the food-aid it garners towards its war machinery so as to lock Tigrayan people in never ending war. It quaffs in the bud democratic forces that labor to introduce a meaningful democracy there and guns down those swimming in the tide of the reform believed to turn the country around including Tigray. Above all it adores serving a Trojan Horse to quarters with a hidden motive of using Ethiopia a pushover. This shows it doesn’t have an iota of care to the people it claims it supports. Against this backdrop, terrorist TPLF heads are still dreaming waging war against neighboring Amhara and Afar States. They as well plan to lock horns with Eretria unmindful of the fact that it is madness with a human wave composed of toddlers, feeble and elderly and not well-trained youths to fight a mechanized army. This could be nothing than a military suicide. If this war flares up it will be catastrophic to people of Tigray that has been victims of terrorist TPLF’s follies” (Ethiopian Herald, 22.05.2022).

What is striking here… is that’s the editor and government friendly paper claims it’s the Tigrayan people fault that they need food-aid. That’s despicable, because this problem is caused by the humanitarian blockade. The lack of seedlings and peace-time to actually cultivate the fields of the region for whatever sort of produce or cereal it can. That’s why it’s really despicable of the regime to write this and say that the food-aid is giving life to war. When the aid is barely enough to stop the starvation of millions and end a man-made famine.

We know the Tigray Defence Force (TDF) attacked Afar region and also Amhara region, as they are bordering the region. Alas, the blockade gave them no choice and at one point. The TDF was getting close to Debre Berhan. So, yes that have attacked both areas, but the Federal Government together with their allies went in to destroy, rape, massacre and total takeover a region. Therefore, they opened up a can of worms and no one would know how this would end. Which is very clear that it isn’t and the ENDF is only buying time before it returns again it seems. While professing that if the TDF was to return… they would all be dead. Just like the earlier prophecies that North Wollo would be a death-trap as well. So, the ones that has been listening have heard the same before from the government friendly entities. Therefore, if the TDF was to retaliate after a new offensive. They might be able to take territories again. Just like they did last year.

The editorial ends with: “As the international community has been clamoring there has to be immediate help to famished people of Tigray,it as much has to cry foul that terrorist TPLF is plotting the carnage of the same blowing the bugles of war. Terrorist TPLF should be told in clear terms that it is all out to see to the annihilation of Tigrian people forced to jump into a fire like a wasp. Condoning this crime is nothing less than committing it. Philanthropist and honest journalists have to challenge the sadist TPLF leaders where have the trucks we dispatched to Mekle with food aid gone? Have you made yourself Lords of poverty out of the much-needed aid? Are you going to make us ill-famed by negative association with you? Academicians, who hail from the Tigrian ethnic group, are shedding light on the fact that TPLF is romanticizing the war. Also international, independent political researchers, in the true sense of the word, that put things separating the seed from the chaff are dragging to light the true picture of terrorist TPLF. A drastic change from war mongering, an entrenched culture of TPLF, is called for. Harping on war is outmoded and unprofitable business hence it has to be forestalled by all means” (Ethiopian Herald, 22.05.2022).

It is really weird that the ones who has been blocking humanitarian assistance, stopped government programs and ensured the impossibility to grow crops are blaming the TPLF. While also saying the International Community shouldn’t be concerned about the plights of the people of Tigray. Just like the IC is concerned with the drought in the Ogaden and the war-torn parts of Amhara and Afar region. Therefore, the ones who is writing this has no concern or care for the starving civilians. As they are implying that if they suddenly eat. They will have energy to wage war again. Like what sort of methodology is that and what sort of ideals doest the state have?

Calling Tigray the Lords of Poverty when the same government is misusing all finances and revenues on war and internal conflicts. A government that has mismanaged priorities and it’s helping it’s citizens. Either it’s buying lethal weapons or building up the ego of the Prime Minister. The state who is begging for funds to fund its development and programs. While it is spending more forex than it’s earning on warfare. That’s why the lords of poverty is residing and ruling in Addis Ababa. They are the ones that is creating the crisis and only making things worse.

The state never cared about the trucks in the past. Only now and they didn’t make it possible to return as there was no petrol and vehicles has a hard time to move without petrol. That should make sense to anyone. When the state is blocking it for months and not allowing petrol to get in. This makes it impossible to move or return. Did the Addis Ababa government and propaganda peddlers consider that vehicles needs petrol to move? Or is there is a magical component that the Prosperity Party has, which the rest of the world doesn’t have to make it possible?

The IC isn’t calling for war and the ones who wants peace. Didn’t want the Tripartite Alliance to attack the Tigray region in the first place in November 2020. However it did and the TDF has just retaliated. We knew the piece would never be fair or be correct with the details.

Still, it just remains to await the next step and what move the FDRE will do in the conflict. Alas, sooner or later we should anticipate further escalation at some point. That could easily come from the Tripartite Alliance. We don’t know that will be, but when their other “offensives” are over. They might return to Tigray to finalize their annihilation of the region. Peace.

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Ethiopia: The Amhara Regional Government warns of a new Tigrayan invasion…

The only way towards a peaceful and prosperous Ethiopia is to uphold the rule of law! The federal government of Ethiopia, with the regional governments, is undertaking integrated measures to ensure peace and security throughout the country” (FDRE Government Communication Service, 20.05.2022).

In Bahir Dar or in the Amhara Regional Government they have followed the message of Federal Government. They have a day later from the FDRE tweet in a Press Release showed their allegiance to this goal and by their own means. They are also taking it further and persistent in their vilification of Tigray People’s Defence Force (TPLF).

The leadership of Bahir Dar is by these messages claiming dissidents and people who is vocal in the streets are associated with the enemies. This is just showing what sort of “democracy” that is at play. The “rule of law” is used to stifle, stop and silence any critics whatsoever.

The Amhara Regional Government is very clear and their aims is as follows…

After the Amhara Regional Security Council has deeply reviewed the peace and security situation of the region, it is important to prepare to defend the threat of invasion of the terrorist TPLF and to correct the illegal activities that undermine the unity of the region” (Amhara Communication, 21.05.2022).

While this law is being made to ensure peace and security of our people, our region and our country, some social media owners and individuals who are working to destroy our region and country by collaborating with our main enemies are conducting campaigns in some areas of our region to call for demonstrations and to hinder the peace. But in any area of our region there is no one who has asked a legal question or got a license. The peace and security bureau of the region is working together with our peace loving people to complete the law enforcement work in a short time and with minimal damage, such illegal demonstrations and street performances are unacceptable. It is announced that law enforcement will be taking necessary measures on any actions that are done to obstruct the work of the law because of the demonstration” (Amhara Communication, 21.05.2022).

The Amhara Regional Government is clear in their mission. In another released statement on Amhara Communications Page today. They stated that the Amhara Regional Special Force and Amhara Para-Military Group “Fano” is participating in the joint operation to “ensure rule of law”. Therefore, everyone should know that these entities are prepared and ready to use violence in the hand of the state.

The Amhara Regional Government by this is calling arms and using the same means of which the Federal Government did when they invaded the Tigray region in November 2020. They are using the “rule of law” because everyone should remember it was called “Law Enforcement Operation” before the latest edition was dubbed the “Survival Campaign” in 2021. So, the same language is appearing now.

This is showing what is at stake and what sort of plan that is there. We know the Amhara Regional government and their militias has been vital in the Tigray war. They have been parts of the coalition invading Tigray and been sponsors of it too. The Amhara regional government had planned the invasion and put the mechanical divisions around the borders. They had encircled the region and done the preparation, as the tripartite alliance was scheming to start the war in November 2020.

Therefore, reading these sorts of text shows what is happening. And it doesn’t help that a FDRE Government Communication Service Press Release yesterday says this:

In all regions, our people are fighting against the forces that want to implement the agenda of chaos and chaos. By giving different names, the government has confirmed that there are forces that are trying to distort the government’s actions. The terrorist TPLF and its friends are expressing their support to the illegal groups that are trying to create chaos and chaos especially those that try to hinder the law enforcement work in Amhara region. This shows us that these groups, especially the robbers that trade in the name of Fano, are historical enemies of Ethiopia and their ambassadors who have committed great betrayal on our people. The government asks all our people to understand this evil conspiracy and support the government’s actions. It calls on the government to continue to support the rule of law by not giving attention to false information and misleading messages” (FDRE Government Communication Services – ‘The only solution to ensure the peace and security of the citizens and the continuity of the country is to ensure the rule of law!’ 20.05.2022).

So, the same sort of rhetoric is at play from the Federal Government, which is used in Amhara. That’s why this is a strategic and a way of putting it into the minds that there are people planning to create acts of terror and with that its justified to address that with fierce and rogue laws. This is the initial gist from the Federal Government and the Amhara Regional Government as well.

The Amhara Regional Government takes it even further. As they don’t only calls for a possible infiltration like the Federal Government does, but also calls for a possible new invasion. That is really calling for arms. Another “rule of law” operation is called for and it’s joint forces which are doing it too.

We are in 2022 and the Regional Government and Federal Government is using the means to an end. They are speaking the same language, but also very clear in the tone. There is no middle-ground or places of solitude. No, only a stern warning of an invasion and a possible retaliation from their government allies. Peace.

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Ethiopia: Shabait defends the humanitarian assistance blockade of the Tigray region…

Today, the leaders of Asmara or Eritrea Ministry of Information (Shabait) published an article called “New TPLF Military Maneuver – Why? And for what purpose?” where Eritrea defends their mission and continues the vilification of the Tigray region in the name of Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF). We know that the TPLF is a villain and a mortal enemy of the rulers of Asmara. They have fought over the Badme triangle and a bloody liberation war. Therefore, it is justified for Eritrea to claim some ills in the way the TPLF leadership did in the past. However, with time and withering of influence, the TPLF isn’t all that in 2022 and now Asmara is the villain instead.

They have been part of the Tripartite Alliance that invaded into the Tigray region to defeat and destroy TPLF, once and for all. The “Operation Law Enforcement” which was planned ahead of time. As the Federal Government had blocked budgets and government programs for Tigray region for some time ahead of invasion. Eritrea and Ethiopia was already in coordination about the warfare and the same was also the Amhara backers. They were all in it. So, it is interesting to reads these paragraphs from the Shabait in 2022.

The war has gone on and the humanitarian blockade in the Tigray region has caused a famine, starvation and existential crisis. The humanitarian blockade has silently taken lives and ensured the next season of crops not to grow on time. The Tigray region will be hurt for a long time and the lack of basic commodities will be detrimental for months. As there been 9 million who needed food aid and other basic services, which haven’t been accessible. Eritrea is now supporting this and instead of thinking of the civilians of Tigray. The Eritrean government would have preferred that they just dies.

Read it here:

In the Horn of Africa, the plan is to suppress the ray of peace and cooperation that emerged in 2018 and return the entire region to the chaos, instability and divisions they cause. The Western powers that are the TPLF’s mercenaries may not fully agree with these TPLF cliff-faced extremist and destructive goals. But since their undoubted desire is that their faithful servant, the tyrant, will continue to survive, it is clear that the TPLF’s plot has their blessing and support. They are rushing to deliver grain, medicine, fuel and other supplies in the name of relief before the war starts. We Eritreans – the people and the government – have never longed for war in our history. However, we have the right, national and human duty guaranteed by international law to defend our existence, freedom, sovereignty and dignity” (Shabait, 17.05.2022).

The Eritrean government is directly blaming the West and the donor nations for the World Food Programme and other United Nations Organizations to feed the starving, the ones who lack nutrition and who has not had food security for months. The movements of trucks and added convoys of humanitarian trucks is helping. Though it has been in small scales, but everything is better than nothing. While there is millions of people who are in need and in danger of dying. That should concern someone with a heart, but apparently that’s too much to ask from Asmara.

Asmara rather see Mekelle fall and every zone of Tigray left in rubble. Eritrea rather see every single Tigrayan suffer a pitiful death and silently die without food in their belly for months. That is what the Eritrean government wants for the Tigray region. This is really ruthless and heartless, it shows what Asmara is willing to do. They don’t care the innocent, the civilians or the non-combatants of Tigray. Everyone there is an enemy and deserve to suffer the consequences of it’s leadership. That is the message and the ones delivering aid is strengthening the TPLF and it’s war-effort. It is not saving lives and giving basic commodities to a people in need.

Only Eritrea has a right to freedom, sovereignty and dignity, Tigray on the other hand has no such rights. As they are not supposed to get food, shelter or nurture their wounds after months on end with conflict and humanitarian blockade, which has resulted in a destruction of the agricultural sector and destroyed all food security of the region.

Eritrea just shows what it is willing to do. As a way of defending their involvement in the war in Tigray. The ones believing that Eritrea has any sort of goodwill or concern for Tigray. Well, you are lying to yourself. A text like this just proves that and it’s grim. Because, the Eritrean have invaded, taken control of territory and done vicious war-crimes in Tigray. The massacres of Western Tigray and elsewhere is a proof of that.

Now, we know that the Eritrean government also defends a humanitarian blockade of the Tigray region. If that doesn’t send you chills down your spine. I don’t know what does, as a partner in the crimes of this war. They are vital for Addis Ababa and Bahir Dar who has done whatever it could to destroy and annihilate the Tigray region. Peace.

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