“We live together with respect or disintegrate” Debretsion at Mekelle Rally

borkena
July 28,2018

Tens of thousands of residents of Mekele, Tigray regional state seat, took to the city stadium to call express support for “peace effort between Ethiopia and Eritrea.”The rally started at 6:00 a.m. local time and was completed by 10:00 a.m.

“Stop ethnic-based violence,” “We will finish the renaissance dam started by Engineer Simegnew Bekele” are some of the slogans that the protested shouted.

A video footage from the rally shows protesters carrying Somali Regional state, Ethiopian government flag, TPLF flag and Eritrean government flag, among others.

The protesters called for “respect for the constitution.” There have been complaints that a flag not recognized by the constitution has been used during pro-Abiy rally at Bahir Dar and elsewhere in the country. There has also been opposition from Tigray region to the release of political prisoners who were projected through government propaganda to be “terrorists.”

In his second appearance to the Ethiopian parliament as Prime minister, Abiy Ahmed expressed his view that it was rather the government that has been violating the constitution especially in the areas of human rights. His government introduced numerous reform measures including removing prison authorities on grounds of malpractices and violation of the constitution.

“The people of Tigray and TPLF fought along with Eritrea in same battle fronts against common enemy…and that the people of Tigray is ready to meet with brotherly people of Eritrea,” said Debrestion Gebremichael, vice president of Tigray regional state and chairman of Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) in his speech to the crowd at Mekelle Stadium. He also raised the importance of creating a forum for the people of Tigray and Afar to meet with Eritreans.

There has been opposition voice from Tigray region, as reported by BBC Amharic service, in relation to the agreement with Eritrea on alleged grounds that “Eritrea has violated the peace agreement long time ago.” Minority communities in northern Tigray, Irob, were opposing implementation of the Algiers peace agreement on grounds that it will divide their small community members into two.

In what seem to be allusion to “respect the constitution” mantra, Debretison,wearing a hat with a portrait of the late Meles Zenawi, added that “Either we live together in respect or dismantle Ethiopia”, as translated by Eritrean Press, and he was reportedly cheered for it by the crowd. The source, Eritrean press, understood Debretsion’s speech to be reintroduction of secession agenda ; “TPLF has reintroduced the 1976 independence manifesto to the people of Ethiopia”

Debrestion also condemned the killing of the Grand Renaissance Dam engineer, Simegnew Bekele.



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9 Responses to "“We live together with respect or disintegrate” Debretsion at Mekelle Rally"

  1. Alem   July 28, 2018 at 11:20 am

    Dear Borkena,
    Thanks for this interesting and disturbing news.
    1/ “The people of Tigray and TPLF fought along with Eritrea in same battle fronts against common enemy = the enemy being Derg bu in reality Ethiopia considering Tplf manifesto for an independent Republic of Tigray!
    2/ and that the people of Tigray is ready to meet with brotherly people of Eritrea,” = Don’t think this will not happen; after all, the two groups are one as in Isaias is half Tigrayan, half Eritrean, and so on.
    3/ “Stop ethnic-based violence,” = interesting that Tplf/Debretsion could say that in public having done exactly that!
    4/ “We will finish the renaissance dam started by Engineer Simegnew Bekele” = first, Debretsion should appear before the parliament and answer few questions about why no-bid contract was always given to Tigray/Effort, how the Engineer was killed, where the money collected for the project went and so on.
    5/ “Either we live together in respect or dismantle Ethiopia” = that sounds like an ultimatum
    6/ “respect for the constitution.” = people exercising their constitutional rights were indiscriminately shot and killed by forces under the command Tplf generals, etc
    7/ Eritrean press, understood Debretsion’s speech to be reintroduction of secession agenda; “TPLF has reintroduced the 1976 independence manifesto to the people of Ethiopia” = Eritrea is just playing to widen the gap between Tplf and the rest of the country for its own sake and probably exaggerating.
    8/ protesters carrying Somali Regional state flag, Ethiopian government flag, TPLF flag and Eritrean government flag. = interesting the majority of the country is missing; also an evidence that Tplf is behind massive dislocation in Somali region.
    9/ Debretsion also raised the importance of creating a forum for the people of Tigray and Afar to meet with Eritreans. = see #8
    Debretison,wearing a hat with a portrait of the late Meles Zenawi = making a statement that he rejects Abiy as leader though he was legitimately chosen by 108 votes by Eprdf (where Debretsion only got two votes, one of which was cast by himself!).

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  2. K   July 28, 2018 at 5:21 pm

    Why didn’t you mention that people were also carrying flags of all other regions of Ethiopia, not only Somali?!
    Hasn’t every single speech made by every regional/ federal leader for past months been exactly like Dbretsion ” we either live together or disintegrate”?! The PM has used those exact words countless times.
    Why don’t you stop with your subtel insinuations. This is why most people in that region have reservations about the current movement, anything that comes out of the Tigray rigion is reported as an opposition to the Prime Minister’s agenda, when it clearly is not!
    I don’t know how you all call your selves journalists when you are purposefully running your agenda.

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  3. M   July 30, 2018 at 3:18 am

    I m very sad.why woyani thinking against Ethiopianism ??Why the party sleeping for forty five years??
    Death is inevitable so that why we think about love and peace.

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  4. liqe sayitan woyane   July 30, 2018 at 11:21 am

    now abiy and lamma have a big homework save the country
    1. give some position to diaspora intellectuals
    2. this snake wayane didn’t care, because think a while from where thye comes
    3. all the Ethiopian people are with you and the most Allah is with you, effort,mot leAbay tsehay, siyoum mesfin, azeb liqe seitan woyane debretsion Allah blesse Ethiopia

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  5. Daniel   August 11, 2018 at 6:22 pm

    You pathetic vermin , your days are behind you and you are irrelevant in our country’s progress from this day on. You either live by the majority rule or will be dealt by the majority. No body listen or care about your empty bloated ego driven treat.

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  6. John   August 19, 2018 at 9:59 am

    Funny 27 years later still crying victim. Lol Majority Are straite pussy couldn’t win a war. You want power first tell your wife to suck this Tigray

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  7. John   August 19, 2018 at 10:01 am

    Cool

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  8. NEGUSSIE WYOHANES   January 8, 2019 at 10:41 pm

    It is all dejavu, the regional leaders of Tigray, they did it before, bend to the colonialist evaders of Ethiopia, until the rest of Ethiopia led by Menelik liberated our Country through an unprecedented victory, against the colonialist power!!!
    The mass population of Tigray have nothing to do with all of these, they are victims of their ignorant, blood thirsty and cowards dictators!!
    There will be a day of judgement, when the mass population of Tigray will finally say enough is enough and they will get their due.
    Till then the central government have to show and exercise extreme patience, not to respond to their multifaceted provocation.
    You doing it right, no more blood shed at least at that level we saw, the peaceful approach corroborated with concise energetic operation will do the job, as to control the sporadic activities they are waging across the Country, there is no quick fix.
    The blood of some {80000} eighty thousands Ethiopians is not dried yet, they did it, they own it they have no remorse, a fraternal war that should be avoided by any means!! And that doesn’t include what they have done in the inner cities and rural Ethiopia for 27 years.
    Once again, they’re telling us, all over again, must be a dead brain!!! for trying to foul the northern brothers “Eritrea” to come to their help one more time for another war crime, against the population in the south and south-west!!
    It is high time that people of Tigray must rise, act, to weigh and exercise the ultimate judgement, for they have been mislead, abused for too long!!
    When from zero sum THEY became multi billionaires of international currency!!
    Where are the people in Tigray!!??
    The WAR drum is being beat non stop, loud again, are preparing for maybe for their final demise!!
    The judgment day is nearing fast!!
    Don’t make any mistake!!
    Ethiopia will survive again!!
    The Almighty God is in control!

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  9. berihu abera   March 4, 2019 at 12:58 pm

    the Tigrsy peaopls at this time the centrr of peace

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