May 28 marks the entrance of Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) guerrilla troops to the capital Addis Ababa ending decades of civil war with the then Ethiopian government.
For the past 27 years, when Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) dominated the central government in Addis Ababa with remarkable control over the Federal regions, the day used to be celebrated through out the country and millions of Ethiopian birr used to be allocated for the celebration.
This year, it is a different story. It is celebrated only in Tigray region, where the TPLF retreated to after loosing dominance in the central government following years of country wide protest. Ethiopian Broadcasting Corporation ( EBC) reported on Monday that intellectuals who celebrated the day in Mekele, seat of TPLF government, tend to think that “nations, nationalities and people’s” right for self-determination up to secession is a stellar outcome of the day.
On the other hand Ethiopians in different parts of the country are expressing their views as what TPLF/EPRDF triumph day means for Ethiopians. Dr. Dereje Bekele is an assistant professor of law at Addis Ababa University. He says, the day should be celebrated as a day of national humiliation for Ethiopians. Watch his interview ( in Amharic).
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