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Amhara National Movement (NaMA) demands unconditional release of senior leaders

One of Ethiopia’s biggest ethnic-based party,Amhara National Movement – NaMA, threatens to embark on civil disobedience if government is not unconditionally releasing arrested senior leaders and members of the party

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National Movement of Amhara (NaMA) leader during the press conference. Photo credit : NAMA

December 4, 2019

National Movement of Amhara (NaMA), one of the largest ethnic-based political parties but a later comer in ethnic politics, has issued a statement on Wednesday, December 3, 2019. 

The statement called for the release of top leaders of the movement who are currently arrested by the Federal government. NaMA says the leaders were arrested because of their political views only. Among the leaders arrested is Christian Tadele, an outspoken figure, who was serving the movement in the role of spokesperson.

Ethiopian government arrested members of NaMA movement on alleged grounds of involvement in the June 22 incident that led to the killings of regional and Federal level government authorities which the government described as an attempted “Coup d’état.” 

The statement from NaMA tends to see the arrest of NaMA leaders following the incident rather as a continuity of hate policy towards Amhara. 

Citing massive arrests of Amhara, members, and leaders of the organizations in the aftermath of the incident, in Oromo region of Ethiopia, Benishangul region and Addis Ababa, the movement said that those who are arrested have never been asked investigative questions in connections with the killings. It is because, in the eyes of NaMA leadership, they are arrested for being Amhara nationalism leaders, not because they are suspected of a crime.

The incident which the government calls “coup d’état” itself was an attack on the people of Amhara which claimed the lives of “brothers who cared better for Amhara and who had a better relationship with NaMA,” said the statement.

It also recalled that the movement has issued a statement in the aftermath of the June 22 tragedy calling for individuals and groups who took part in the crime to be held accountable, and reiterated that the government has to discharge its responsibility of bringing the real culprits of the tragedy to justice for the sake of the victim’s family and the people of Amhara.

The movement also called upon members and the people of Amhara to stand on the side of the movement in the course of upcoming peaceful resistance if the Ethiopian government is not unconditionally releasing NaMA leaders.

Why the stern demand for the release of leaders came late? The movement said that it refrained from peaceful resistance so far in order not to give a chance for those forces that were looking for unstable situations in the aftermath of the killing to achieve their political objectives. But now it wants Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s government to release the prisoners immediately without any conditions.

In a statement issued in late October of this year, Amnesty International has criticized the Ethiopian government for “continued abuse of the country’s anti-terror laws” after 22 critics arrested on trumped up charges of “terrorism” in connection with the June 22 incident that cliamed the lives three Amahra region senior officials and Chief of staff of the Ethiopian Defense Force. 

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  1. Only NAMA themselves will know the effect of their Civil Disobedience. The mainstream Ethiopians already know that NAMA is just an association of deviants , the mainstream Ethiopians won’t mind one bit if NAMA peacefully holds a civil disobedience.

    Many thought NAMA already were in some sort of disobedience just from watching their whole hippie lifestyle . NAMA can hold civil disobedience all year long with the mainstream Ethiopians not being bothered by their civil disobedience as long as it is done in a peaceful manner.

    On the other hand those that got arrested kept in jail until now and their supporters had been belived to be excuting revolution through violence since June, that’s why their every move is being closely watched by the Ministry Of Peace so they don’t engage in anymore anti peace actions , after that justice will be served, even if the Federal govt for some reason tries to pardon them it has been said that Amara region Ambachew , Asaminew , Saere … Supporters will not rest until justice is served.

    • Awarding Abiy this Nobel peace award as if Ethiopians donot know what peace is seems to be an insult to Ethiopians intelligence, Ethiopians know what peace is and we know Abiy is not leading Ethiopia towards peace. The people giving this award claim Ethiopia and Eritrea are at peace , I say Ethiopia’s and Eritrea’s relations is currently in a track towards more war, now it is less peaceful than it was just twenty and some years ago, prior to the Badme war.

      So we know Ethiopia is no where near to being peaceful with Eritrea as it was between the years 1991 to 1998. The inside Ethiopia’s peace is not even on the track towards peace so there is no point talking about the internal peace since it seems to be nowhere to be found, maybe for the time being in Tigrai you can find peace , but even there it is on a shaky ground.

  2. These blood suckers who killed & conspired in the killing of generals should not be released rather should imprisoned as they are threats to all peace loving Ethiopians.

  3. *Things are changing fast towards the common goal , we won’t let anyone or any group get on our way of living by ABA Gaddaa rules.The habesha’s irrelevant failed legal system by must be replaced completely with the time tested ABA Gaddaa legal system.That is the only solution.

    *All governmental offices and non governmental businesses must close all day long on Fridays for Jumea prayer.

    *Employees and students must be allowed to pray at salat time if they choose to.

    *Arabic language needs to be thought in all public schools around the country with it having its own department student major with in higher learning institutions.

  4. Homeless people are offered cages so Addis Ababa gets beautified. These weather affecting temporary housing containers are not permanent housing where we homeless people would like to live in for long. Our goals are real cool heavenly condos , We want humane residences condos, these cooking frying pans containers that get too hot during the day times heat and get freezing at night times cold, are just transitional housings for us the homeless people to use as stepping stones to transition from homeless Street life to the real humane housing condos permanent housing.
    We are not going to be swept under the rug, just so we stay out of the views of the mojas diplomats by being caged in these metal boxes . We want condos nothing less.


  5. Well done NAMA. Your formation comes late to save the slaughter of Amharas. Unlike the “lf” separatists OLF and TPLF your purpose is to save lives.


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