Arena opposition party executive member attacked in Tigray, north Ethiopia

Arena Tigray opposition party accuses Tigray Peoples Liberation Front of perpetrating attacks on members and non-members in northern Ethiopia.

Arena Tigray Opposition party Public Relation – Amdom Gebreselassie

borkena
February 18, 2020

Arena Tigray For Democracy and Sovereignty, one of the opposition parties operating in the Tigray region of Ethiopia, accuses the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) administration of harassment.  

The ethnic-Tigray opposition party said on Tuesday that its members are attacked, harassed, and imprisoned in what it called is an attempt to offset the upcoming election – as reported by Mulugeta Atsebeha, who is Voice of America Amharic Service reporter in the region.

Amdom Gebreselassie, public relations head of Arena Tigray Party, said special forces and militia in the region are attacking members and leaders of the party.  Even those who are not members of the party are being attacked in different parts of the Tigray. The party says the repression has the effect of narrowing the political space in the region. It is something on which the government should act.

This week, said Amdom, Markos Gessese, a medical doctor who is the executive committee member of Arena Tigray Party, was attacked when he was on his way to report harassment by security forces. He owns a medical clinic, and his properties were looted, according to Amdom

For Arena Party, the attack and harassment are deliberate and planned ones. “The decision to attack opposition party members and people with dissenting voices was made during TPLF central committee emergency meeting, and opposition parties are considered as “banda” [collaborators to ‘enemy’],” Andom explained.

The ruling party in the region, (TPLF), denies the allegation. Amanuel Assefa is head of the region’s justice department. He said Arena Tigray was unable to produce evidence for the complaint. We found out that only two arena members are arrested and that they are arrested in connection with a crime, not for being Arena members, he claimed.

For TPLF, Arena’s accusation is intended to “divide the people in Tigray” and tarnish the celebration of the 45th anniversary of TPLF. The festivity has been undergoing for over a week now, but the actual day of celebration is on February 19 (Yekatit 11).  TPLF celebrates every year the day on which armed struggle was launched in 1975 – a year after the fall of the imperial government of Ethiopia.

In a statement issued Monday this week in connection with the occasion of the 45th anniversary, TPLF called for support from the people of Tigray in the next chapter of the struggle.  The struggle is against, it seems, the reformist political force in the country under the Nobel Peace Prize Winner Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, which TPLF calls “parasitic.”

It also called upon the people of Eritrea to forget scars from the years of border conflict and renew friendship for “mutual benefit.”  Apart from the bloody two years war, TPLF deported thousands of Eritreans from Ethiopia despite repressed public opposition.



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4 Responses to "Arena opposition party executive member attacked in Tigray, north Ethiopia"

  1. rezen   February 19, 2020 at 2:10 am

    Subject: “Arena opposition party executive member attacked in Tigray, north Ethiopia” by borkena, February 18, 2020

    Commentary, 18 Feb 2020
    Here we go again and again! Familiar steps in all ‘political groups’, where ever we may be.
    In this case, it is the Tigray fighting and killing each other under the leadership of ATFDS and TPLF. Needless to say, both will claim that their action is for the benefit of the beloved, dear poor Tigray People.

    In the process, the neighbouring countries, Ethiopia and Eritrea, will have to secure their borders. In the case of Ethiopia, a chunk of its geographical entity is being on Fire. Consequently, the urgent step is to protect the rest of the country while ONE FAMILY is killing each other. In short, Ethiopian soldiers will be stationed along the border with modern fire fighting equipments and up today mass of weaponry — of course, with poor soldiers to be sacrificed. . .

    On the Northern side too, Eritrea will also be on alert, securing its borders by any means necessary. The idea of Eritrea siding on one side than the other is not supported by the ONE –MAN ownership of Eritrea. After all, why waste bullets if and when the two brothers decide to liquidate each other. In that eventuality, the Dictator of Eritrea may have an idea to stretch his holdings.

    In the above possibility, it would not be absurd to conjure for the two Leaders of the North and South to continue with their relationship, but always keeping their respective agenda in their secured pocket. Both leaders are ambitious. Both Leaders are smart and cunning. But there is always the unexpected: a) what if Ethiopia is disintigrated based on racial issues; b) what if Eritrea is divided by religion? c) what if ………………..

    Finally, if all fails, we can always PRAY to the Almighty Benevolent God Up in Heaven. The Good Lord will not fail us, as we are His beloved obedient children. Amen, Inshallah

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  2. Ailec   February 19, 2020 at 6:06 pm

    Most of Adwa was and still is a brutal power hungry criminal family .

    Meles Zenawi and Isayas Afeworki are both members of the criminal brutal Adwa
    family who till this day rule Ethiopians and Eritreans by the barrell of the gun .

    The Badme controversy us a theatrical drama , Isayas Shabiya is Adwa who let Eritreans suffer .

    Reply
  3. Ailec   February 19, 2020 at 6:07 pm

    Most of Adwa was and still is a brutal power hungry criminal family .

    Meles Zenawi and Isayas Afeworki are both members of the criminal brutal Adwa
    family who till this day rule Ethiopians and Eritreans by the barrell of the gun .

    The Badme controversy is a theatrical drama , Isayas Shabiya is Adwa who let Eritreans suffer .

    Reply
  4. Jumbo   February 20, 2020 at 6:02 pm

    Tplf will be digging their own grave if they mess with Eritreans again. We are prepared for any eventuality.

    Reply

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