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Ethiopian gov’t discloses identity of alleged killer, over 250 arrested

.Critics of the Ethiopian government say the government is exploiting the alleged coup d’état to silence growing opposition

. National Movement of Amhara (NaMA) says its members are being arrested

Ethiopian gov't discloses the identity of assassin
Alleged killer of Ethiopian Chief of Staff of the Defense Force, Private Mesafint Tigabu

June 27, 2019

So far over 250 people have been arrested in Addis Ababa and Bahir Dar since the “coup d’état” attempt, which happened in the evening of January 22, 2019, state broadcaster – Ethiopian Broadcasting Corporation reported on Thursday.

All the arrests are made in connection with the incident which resulted in the assassination of three senior regional state officials and Ethiopian National Defense Force Chief of Staff, Seare Mekonnen, who was killed in the capital Addis Ababa.  Ethiopian government linked the assassination of the chief of staff with the alleged coup attempt.

Ethiopian government said on Thursday that 212 suspected were captured with their firearms including machinegun. 

Before the statement from the Federal Government, Amhara region police commissioner, Abere Adamu, told Amhara Mass Media Agency on Wednesday that 178 of the arrests were armed Special Forces of the region. Head of the region’s special force, Brigadier General Tefera, is also in custody while the government is carrying out an investigation, the regional police commissioner claimed.

Security and Justice Task Force,which draws its members from the Defense Force, The Federal Attorney-General, National Information, and Security Services and the Federal Police Commission – disclosed on Thursday that there were plans to assassinate other senior government officials.

The government has also announced the identity of the alleged killer of Seare Mekonnen and released his picture. According to the government, the killer is identified as Private Mesafint Tigabu.

The statement from the Task Force also says that “it is verified that the attempted coup d’état in Bahir Dar was organized by Brigadier General Asaminew Tsige and his collaborators,” as reported by DW Amharic.

A considerable number of Ethiopians reject the narrative by the government. In Lalibela, where the alleged ringleader of the coup is laid to rest, residents openly defy government narrative.

National Movement of Amhara disclosed on Thursday that over 100 members and non-members Amhara are arrested in connection with “attempted coup d’état,” as reported by Deutsche Welle Amharic Service.  The number of arrested members is 56, claims the party. NaMA is an ethnic Amhara opposition party with a presence in Amhara region and outside of it as well. It was established about a year ago.

Apart from NaMA members, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmeds’ government has arrested over 50 members of Baladera council, an advocacy group led by prominent journalist Eskinder Nega who was released from prison about a year ago when Abiy Ahmed released all political prisoners and prisoners of conscience.  The movement formed against an apparent move by the Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed administration to make Addis Ababa, a city for ethnic Oromos under the Oromo regional state administration.

In a related development, Reuters reported on Thursday that  “Men in camouflage uniforms killed more than 50 people and injured 23 others in the Metakal zone of the Benishangul-Gumuz region early on Monday, the region’s peace and security bureau head Abera Bayeta told Reuters.”

Benishangul Gumuz region is reportedly “investigating” the incident but inclines to the view that the attack is related to “cop in Amhara region.”

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  1. አብይ ባልሆነ መንገድ ነገሮችን ሲጀምር ልክ የዛሬ ዓመት፡-
    “ያዋከቡት ነገር ምዕራፍ አያገኝም፤
    ፍቅሬ ፍቅሬ በዛ እኔ አላማረኝም፡፡ ”
    አለ ከያኒው ብለን ነበር ሰሚ አልተገኘም እንጂ!!

    ከኢንጂነር ስመኘው ሞት ጋር ተያይዞም በተመሳሳይ ሁኔታ ነገሮች እየከፉ እንደሚሄዱ በዚህ መልኩ ተገልጾ ነበር፡-
    “… አሁን የምናየው ከሻዕቢያና ከዓረቦች ጋር እየተፈፀመ ያለው ያልተቀደሰ ጋብቻ ገና ብዙ ለሀገራቸው ከልብ የሚለፉ ዜጎችን ማሳጣቱ አይቀርም፡፡ ኢንጂነር ስመኘው እውነተኛ ኢትዮጵያዊ ጀግና ሆኖ ሲታወስ ይኖራል፡፡ ግብጾችና እዚህ ያሉት አሽከሮቻቸው ገና ስራቸውን ይሰራሉ፡፡”

  2. I think everyone is trying to play the “ethnic” card to justify their actions as well as to carry out their interests. Including the media (this reporting)…there is no evidence based analysis just fueling the fire, and bland assumptions. The rhetorical reporting is only dividing the country further along ethnic lines (thanks to the long grip of EPRDF’s tasteless ethnic federalism). Now when everyone gets the chance to openly discuss their grievances, they choose violence. What is sad is that no one can win. There is no gain with kind of attacks except to create chaos and destroy the country that once everyone called home. It is disgusting that we don’t take chances to actually listen to each other. Just blame. I think it’s time that we come to our senses before it’s too late.

  3. Without any independent investigation that includes the opposition and international agencies any new information amounts to fabrication specially when the government has flipped back and forth on whom was the author. Even ADP would not be reliable to conduct the investigation. A curios paradox of the named suspect coincidence with the below is puzzling. Next could be move against citizen party members. This may be the start of purging Pan-Ethiopian movements by the so called defenders of the current ethnic based constitution.

  4. The socalled ethnic federalism is not te source of the current violence rather ABiy and Amhara elites want to suceed in power regardless of the peopleés life . Amhara elites want to hold power by deceiving the innocent people telling them that they will topple their enemies , TPLF. One of the mechanisim is to attach themselves to religious beliefs and clamoring that enemiy of Amhara , TPLF ,is the follower of 666. That is what amhara was continouly narrating and sounding like a broken record.Abiy and other amhara elites were sining the same songsheet to weaken Tigray and topple TPLF.

    Ethnic fedralism is not the reason for these horrendous events , coup or internal displacement and other bloodsheds . However, It is because of vagabonds who want to become parvenu, get rich quickly , by robbing people. Besides, as many people come to terms to the fact that amhara elites want to take grip of power as they showed ahuge thirst of power by creating chaos persistenly. Appeasing westerners to help them accede to the throne like thier forefathers known in genocide like aste menilik etc

    I have still a grip of fear that this violence will continue as amhara is not getting what they are longing for up to death !

    Amhar esp Gojam has afake story like the first human being was created in Gojam, Gojam is where Adam was created . Perhaps they will tell us Jesus was born in Bahir dar and 12c Apostles and three kings who offer Gold to Jeus during his nativity are believed to be from Gojam according to perverted Historians from Amhara region , Gojam.
    If you think TPLF caused violnce and killed 10 million amhara please cover up what Amhara elites and emperors did for centuries throwing dust on generations . Amhara are even hostile and ferocious to their own ethnic members. It is amhara people from gojam who are the major robbers and killers in Merkato .
    Amhara has told us numerous untold stories by depising others and overstating and fabricating stories which are netxt to nothing.


  5. Your language smells dirty; it seems it oozes not from a mouth but from an asshole. You roguish, foulmouthed scandal, didn’t you parents teach you how to use your language, how to hold your malicious tongue? You talk of hostility; if we say someone is hostile, you are number 1. You say you are bethelehem, but I say you are betegehanem.

  6. It looks to me that this young man was a victim of those bigots who have fanning the flame of hatred toward others just they belong to this or that group of people. We all saw it and still see/read all about on almost every website. People seem to get high in using slur to address others who they don’t like or differ in their opinions. They use terms like you ‘neftegna’, Tigre/Woyane’ and people like me the ‘G’ word in derogatory connotation. They use such terms to demonize a group of noble people of ethnicity. They don’t understand or even care where such reckless behavior leads to or creates. They ignore the fact on the ground that there are people in any society who take insidious diatribes plain vanilla and incensed by them to a point where their human conscience will be turned off completely. Such gullible young people do not possess the sophistication and stable emotion to look thru them. They will be tormented by sheer anger from inside and then they just boil over following such senseless fracas. Those two generals do not deserve to die this way. It was a callous act perpetrated by a misguided young man. I hope and pray that the dear editors of every website and forum among the Diaspora will learn from this. I hope and pray that they will pledge to the people of those glorious and noble people who produced us all that bigotry will never have a space on their websites. That gem of the color has been in the crosshairs of every foreign bigot since they began showing up in our domiciles centuries ago. The Wahhabis would love to tell me ‘neehna muslimeen’ when they come to my hood over there but when I show up in their joint they call me ‘khaddaam, al-abd’ that is a nigger to my face. When I wound up and flatten him for saying that then they go after my neck. Others would come under the guise of spreading The Lord’s Holy Scripture but spoon feed their newly converts with mighty doses of hatred they brought with them. Boy, have they succeeded!!! They have had bumper crop at their harvest time. All you to do is look at their protégés!!! They have gone maaaaaaaaaaddddd!!!! They tell that Guji ‘you see that Gedeo. He has been the right hand man of your tormentors. Go and chase him out of here. If he resists, kill him and his entire family. You see that guy over there. He is the grandson of the neftegnas who killed 150 million of your people in 1835(That year changes every time I read their diatribes). Go and chase him out or kill him. You see that farmer over there. He is related to the tribe of Woyane. Go and chase him or better yet kill him. Go ahead!! What are you waiting for? It is now or never to get even!’ That is why the old country became a nation with the highest number of internally displaced people. Congratulations bigots!!! That is why I know go down on my knees begging the dear editors of this website to not let bigotry ride on their esteemed website. I plea to them in the name of those level heads who are now working 24-7 to bring back that pride of the colored/humanity from the brink. It has nothing to do with the freedom of expression in light of the extremely dangerous situation over there now.

  7. kebede and ras mitat are genuine amhara denkorewoch you must receive 80 l&ashed on your back. filthy amhara who were ensalaving ethiopians in their own land selling mutilating and amputatating innocent people and suppressing them not to use thier language; Amhara says : Gala ena booti chema wede wuch le gala nisehabat diyakon mech anesew and wezete tebabe zeregninet yetemelabet teretna miselay be amhara ambagenenoch yetefetere moronic speech

    amahras always like to insult people when they are annoyed . They are speciliszed insults that how they think they will overcome their enemies jegninet be sidib be fukera new yeamhara motto principle.

  8. እሽ መታሰራቸዉ ሀገር ከመፍረሷ አያድንም
    አሳምነዉ የአማራ ታሪካዊ ጀግና
    ገና ብዙ ጉድ ይሰማል
    አማራ ምድር ላይ የሚቆምና የሚሾም እናያለን


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