Ginbot 7 movement leader essentially campaigned in Debre Berhan for supporting change leaders within the ruling coalition
Ginbot 7 leaders who returned to Ethiopia after several years of exile have been warmly received by Ethiopians in many cities. The latest string of it happened this morning at Debre Berhan town, about 120 kilometers north of Addis Ababa.
The event organized at Zera Ya’cob square in the town draw tens of thousands of people. Professor Berhanu Nega, chairman of Ginbot 7 movement, and Neamin Zeleke were in attendance.
“The struggle that people in North Shewa Zone have been waging for the sake of Ethiopiapiawinet [ the Ethiopian Identity] is commendable…So as to ensure continuity of country-wide change, the society must support the change leaders with EPRDF [the ruling party],” Berhanu Nega told the crowd as reported by Amhara Mass Media Agency (AMMA).
In the afternoon, leaders of Ginbot 7 movement held town hall meetings with residents of the town. Ginbot 7 was one of the armed opposition movement operating outside of Ethiopia and clandestinely in Ethiopia and the leaders were sentenced to death in absentia.
Following a call by Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s administration for armed opposition to end an armed struggle, return to Ethiopia and engage in peaceful struggle, leaders of the movement returned to Ethiopia just days before the Ethiopian New Year (which falls on September 11) to a huge welcome at the Addis Ababa Stadium.
Known formerly for their ardent opposition for TPLF led repressive regime, the leaders are now supportive of change leaders within the ruling coalition and they are openly mobilizing Ethiopians to support leaders like Abiy Ahmed.
Unlike Oromo Liberation Front – un ultra right ethno-nationalist movement that is openly disobeying government requirement to disarm to engage in a peaceful political process in the country-, Ginbot 7 has ordered demobilization of its rebel forces who were in Eritrea.
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