Arbegnoch Ginbot 7 Bahir Dar meeting postponed following violence

Berhanu Nega _ Ginbot  7 _ Ethiopia
Berhanu Nega speaking to supporters
Credit : AMMA

March 25, 2019

Arbegnoch Ginbot 7 meeting with supporters and the public in Bahir Dar which was planed to take place on Sunday at the region’s council auditorium was canceled after the leadership wet with serious opposition.

The intention of the meeting, according to Mengistu Amare who is said to be Bahir Dar City’s Arbegnoch Ginbot 7secretary, as reported by AMMA, was to discuss Ethiopia’s current situation and address questions from the public.

Why the party’s plan to hold a discussion in Bahir Dar met with resistance? Certain youth groups in the city do seem to have a rather hostile attitude towards Ginbot 7 movement which is not an ethnic-based movement.

According to a report by Amhara Mass Media Agency (AMMA) on Sunday, youth groups who opposed the movement say “Ginbot 7 is an enemy of Amhara.”

“Ginbot 7 knows that the country’s politics is tense with ethnic politics yet it plots to weaken Amhara nationalism by propagating Ethiopian politics only to Amhara,” is one of the reasons why some youth seem to be seeing the party as an “enemy.”

Ginbot 7 _Bahir Dar _ Ethioipa_ Amhara
Bahir Dar protest against Ginbot 7
Photo credit : AMMA

Member of the movement’s discussion committee in Bahir Dar, Alemu Fetene, is cited as saying that Ginbot 7 used a formal invitation paper for those who were meant to participate in the discussion. The youth groups who oppose the meeting point out that it is not appropriate for Ginbot 7 to claim that it is engaging the public while it selectively called members of the public with invitation paper.

Berhanu Nega, leader of the movement, had to speak over the phone to supporters of the party who flocked to the premises of the region’s council in Bahir Dar.

And he told his supporters that they will have the meeting in the future and that his party will work based on the covenant more than 100 opposition parties in the country signed.

How serious was the opposition to Ginbot 7 meeting in Bahir Dar? Serious enough that the meeting had to be canceled for security reasons and serious enough that some angry and armed youth groups had to carry AK 47 during the protest march in the city.

Amhara Democratic Party officials and many politicized Ethiopians had condemned the tendency towards violence against Ginbot 7 and its leaders.

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