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Ethiopian gov’t calls for talks as Orthodox Church organizations plan demonstration

Ethiopian Orthodox Church Organizations are approached by the government as they plan a demonstration against recurring attacks on the church

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Bahiru Tefera, speaking during the press conference. credit: DW Amharic

September 10, 2019

It is common to see conversations in social media and elsewhere, among the followers of Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church, one of the most ancient churches in the entire Christian world that the church has been under government-supported subtle attack throughout TPLF dominated administration in the last 28 years.

What the church endured since Abiy Ahmed became Prime Minister of Ethiopia, however, does seem to suggest that the attack has become an open one and bolder.  Several churches have been burned after what seems to be a politically motivated attack in various ethnic-based regional states Ethiopia. At least three priests had been burned alive – seemingly just for being who they are in terms of religious identity. The general laity came under increasing pressure and harassment, especially in regions like Oromia, just to mention some, in a country where some protestant pastors are protected by government paratroopers.

Now the Ethiopian Church seems to be determined to break the silence and tell the world and Ethiopians as well, the story of multi-faceted attacks on Orthodox Tewahdo church. 

As ten organizations that are under Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church (EOTC), including the biggest organization Mahibre Kidusan with hundreds of thousands of members in and outside of the country, plan to take to the streets en masse on September 15 to protest attacks with impunity, the Ethiopian government wants to engage them through dialogue so that these organizations could cancel their planned demonstrations in the capital Addis Ababa and elsewhere.

It is at a time when organizations affiliated with Mahibere Kidusan and the Orthodox Church in North America and Europe, among others, that Ethiopian government called for dialogue before the protest.

Deutsche Welle Amharic service reported on Tuesday that the organizers held a press conference in the capital Addis Ababa.  And they have confirmed that Abiy Ahmed’s government wants a dialogue with them to discuss the questions they have.

Government has got a positive response from the organizing committee.  They want to see plans that the government has, if there is one, to end violence and attack against the Ethiopian church.

However, they have not yet canceled the September 15 demonstration in the capital Addis Ababa and elsewhere, including outside of Ethiopia.  And they did not disclose details of the plan if the protest is to take place as planned.

What they disclosed so far is that the organizers do not want any politically affiliated group, including Baladera Council which is said to be taking part in the protest on the same day supporting Ethiopian church cause, to join the protest they organize.

Seifu Alemayehu, who is head of Mahibere Kidusan, disclosed that press conference is scheduled for Friday, September 13, 2019, and they are expected to talk about the outcome of the meeting with government and next steps – including the September 4 protest if it is going to happen.

It remains, however, unclear as to when they are having a meeting with government representatives.

The Holy Synod of Ethiopian Orthodox church held an emergency meeting last week on the theme of increasing attack on Ethiopian church and to discuss the demand by a group of ethnic Oromo nationalists who sought to divide the Ethiopian Church along ethnic lines by forming an ethnic-based administration and patriarchy.

Members of the Holy Synod also held a meeting with Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed in the Office of the Prime Minister to bring the increasing attack on the church to the attention of his administration. The Holy Synod demanded an apology from the government for not taking measures in the line of discharging government duties of protecting the right to worship.

The prime minister, however, declined to apologize on behalf of his government citing that he has personally done something good to the Orthodox faith. Soon after the meeting with Ethiopian church Holy Synod members, Abiy Ahmed showed up at the Millennium Hall to thank and award a protest pastor. He told the crowd that “Orthodox is our pride.” 

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  1. Zaka Ramadan fasting season charity tradition is enough to support the Addis Ababa beggars, which Orthodox claims to feed and give charity to year round.

    • Islam us going to safe Ethiopia’s poor ? I don’t think so. Islam is an alien Arab ideology to Ethiopia. Ethiopian Tewahedo is local, unique and should be cherished. All that is wrong and corrupt in it’s organization and structure must be fought against by it’s followers who are the church and therefore responsible for it’s behavior. The message of Geta is all important. It’s clear and we Christians need to follow it. Church rites and cultural festivities are important and to be kept but without bureaucratie, corruption and power abuse. Christians must be critical of themselves AND the leaders of their church. Be involved. Don’t just follow. Corruption, power abuse and affiliation with the one’s in political power can destroy a church and religion. FIKER is all that matters. Celebrate that message of Eghziaber with colorful service and festivities.

  2. Orthodox church steal money from beggars but donot give at all. It all propaganda sir.

    Mahibre kidusan organizations are shouting like a dog because they are going to loose thier alms from people of Oromo, biggest tribe. This is the secret behind thier outcry belive it or not. They disgrace and humilated and deterred many churchmen.

    They are really pretenders, but just bearing a holy name as a disguising feature.. In western countries, we have many people who claim they support migrants while snooping and exploiting them for thier own good. This is an important time and occassion that they should pretend and show up in order to show to the gullible people that they are working for the church while doing it in the opposite way for decades humiliating the true church servants.

    robbers around the church yard and in the name of church and Christ!!

      • kuma kale bulshit you donot know me idiot I am not like you mother fucker idiot
        church of supperstition who serve poision and drung with holy communion=====Ethiopian orthodox church

        • Is it you are not able to go outside or you cannot find tabot to sell and migarte to america like many of amharas ? is that your problem

          I already know you all how bulshit you are your mahibrekidusan is supported by sahin atabiwocht yemitalechew sewoch

          pagan worshippers

  3. This protest may or may,not benefit its objective. 1.,The tplf operative aba matias may have organized this protest teseno aby mengist lai lemadreg, tplfen endegena lemanges. 2. Protest gebun kemeta tekemu,mindin niw? Protest argew beka. Eskeza gin meriwochun yasru yehonal endetelemedew. Protestun meknyat bemadreg gin, aby mengist lai teseno endidereg, protest yemiyadergut, selfun balemakuaret meketel aby ahmed yetaserutin yalemeknyat endifeta, olf /tplf endiwegedu selfun meketel, bebete kerestian ena mesgid lai yalew teseno endikom, jawar enditadeg, kero wede wendemoch ituopiawianoch endimeles! Hegememgistu endikeyer, Lik aby kememeretu befit yeneberew self lebezu ken endiwetu. Mekelakeya beye ageritu tsenfegnochin lematkat hezben sinkesakesu, wediyaw anko eserbet mektet! Wezete. Zimbelew protest biyadergu, tikim yelewem. Lelaw, aba mateos endiwerdu, aby yihen hulu kaladerege endiwerdena be lema megersa enditeka. Bezih gize kililat bemulu yalu protest wetew, kehezb gar mekelakel. Yih sihon, tplf ayarfem torun wede amaraw selemiyazor, amaraw wede tegil tigray mezegajet, tigray hezben, kewendemochu amaraw gar endihonuna hewahaten weyanen asalfew endisetu, wezete

  4. Meber Kidusan is very important for Orthodox church i
    sport their idea they are serve our church and helping nations in Ethiopia to be served by there Mather tongue and stringing our church

  5. Tekalign Temsgen

    leba ibet yemahibrekidusan selay ashkabach yebetekirstiyan wusit aytoch

    mahibrekidusan is a brothel and business organization as we alreday know from its fruits.

    You are recruiting gullible students from every university to collect money and build your army in the name of religion, opium.

    you have sent away many servants and welleducated clergy man inlcuding Bishops who donot support your fraudulent act.

    I remeber during patriarchial election , mahibrekidusan was working hard to put Abbune Yosef as a patriarch of Ethiopain orthodox church since this bishop is the fan of MK; , socalled mahibre kidusan, malke tifun besim yidegifu.

    When Abune mathis was elected ,, mk said we were working for him, abune mathias

    Mahibrekidusan always stands in faveur of the chosen patriarch to get support from church authorities and thier recognition while working and spying against them and the church itself.

    Its agenda is to get more fans so that they could colcet more money.

    Banda ==MK

  6. the orthodox themselves burning churches and blaming it to Muslim , the church has lost credibility and most oromos are turning to protestant

  7. There is some sort of validity in your comment. Many servants of the church abandoned their church because of bad eggs like mahibrekidusan and some debteras and priests who are superstitious , tribalists and corrupted. Many were poisoned by these people during the church servies and dinning rooms .

    Apârt from this crime, these people used to defaming true servants of the church. Last but not least, they made the church thier own private enterprise , innocent people work , some serve in the church being exploited by the top dogs in the name of the church service telling them that they will please GOd and inherit God’s kingom wxhile these top dogs steal a huge amount of money from the church====huge hidden reality one day will be revealed=we have a dream these gangsters will be exposed .

  8. why are mahibrekidusan screaming like a dog along with their fans, bishops and the naive laity, mimenan ena mimenant.

    They are all pagan worshippers bending down under the knees of the socalled dishwashers, diasporas. Amharas are insulting diasporas as dishwashers, but actually they are embelling thier churches and buying golden umbrellas to thier church the money they collected and recived from diasporas.

    Mahibrekidusan is also begging money from diasporas while plotting against Oromos.

    Mahibrekidusan is the enemy of Oromos and the rest of the tribe and nationalities by proclaiming and advicating the amhara hegemony and superiority.

    Down with mahibrekidusan ; enemy of nations and nationalities,.

    Mahibrekidusan project is to import Tabot and tsilat, Tabernacle to the western counteries and do business with these articles.

    Mission of mahibrekidusan is still hidden from the gullible laity since it is trying to throw dust in the eyes of the gullible laity.It is using kolo tamari, churches in rural areas and desert to gather money in the blanket of development and rehabilitation .

    But the ton of money goes to the pocket of its members by deceiving students from university i the name of religion, opium.

    mahibrekidusan has many fans since they are recruited in thier infancy and salad days the time which they can esaily be deceived and embezzeled.

    Mahibrekidusan priests are those who incompetent to work in the church or fired from the church due to thier misconduct .

    Some are recruited due to thier relation to the top dog . Your background , tribe and affiliation is under investigation before you join this mafia, Mahibrekidusan.

    Since you can be a threat and let the cat out of the bag if you doot pass this process of scrutinization, no religious and too snooping act.
    However, if you are an outsider you feel that Mk==socalled mahibrekidusan is an aggregation of saints and angels while they are totally acting the other way round.


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