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Ethiopian PM calls for support to deal with extremists

We have identified “merchants of conflict” and we are destroying their network, said Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed

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Photo : File/ From EBC video

July 17, 2020

Weeks after hundreds of Ethiopians were savagely massacred (some were beheaded) in the Oromo region of Ethiopia, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed issued a statement on Friday calling for support from Ethiopians to foil the conspiracy of what he called “merchants of conflict”

Mr. Abiy used the phrase to denote a group of people that convey hate messages to incite ethnic-based violence and the destruction of the properties of Ethiopians (he did not say it but the message is usually conveyed under the cover of ethnic Oromo nationalism).

He said that the only solution is to face those who are behind the attacks, not to retreat or flee.

“The situation whereby our peace-loving and hard-working people get killed and their properties destroyed will never continue. ‘Merchants of Conflict’ will never stay at ease while those who want to live together and work relentlessly to prosper hurts.” 

Those who failed to act to stop the attack will never escape from being held accountable for their actions, he said in his messages.

Hundreds of members of the administrative structure in the Oromo region of Ethiopia indirectly took part in the killings of hundreds of Ethiopians and destructions of property by not taking action to stop the mob that…

“On the part of the government, we are determined than ever before to investigate the matter at different levels and take the necessary legal measures to enforce the rule of law,” he said.

While expressing commitment to help those who were targeted in the attack, he pleaded for Ethiopians to join hands to help those hurt in the attack.

So far, about five thousand people are arrested in the Oromo region in connection with the brutal attacks following the assassination of Hachalu Hundesa since June 29.

Local reports, including from state-owned media, indicate that 40 district administrations in the Oromo region have experienced an attack mostly on non-ethnic Oromos and Orthodox Christians within less than 24 hours after the killing of Hachalu.

Many of the victims were attacked with the belief that they do not belong there. Cannibalistic attributes were observed in some of the killings as the bodies of the victims were butchered in cities like, for example, Arsi Negele where a 75 years old man was dragged in the streets and then chopped.  It happened in the name of the “Oromo revolution,” and the mob considered it as a sort of revolutionary character to kill savagely even the elderly.

It is not uncommon to read outrageous messages from the radical ethnic Oromo nationalists who  feel betrayed by Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, who is himself an ethnic Oromo, and they aspire to give him a violent death and hang him upside down. 

There have also been calls to burn the houses and businesses of “neftegna.”  

Some Ethiopians living in the Diaspora have archived most of the hate video messages and tweets with the aim to hold them legally accountable in their country of residence. 

Observers say the extent of the damage in the Oromo region of Ethiopia could have been worse had there not been internet shutdown in the country for a few weeks following the killing of Hachalu. 

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  1. Turn all these social networking media platforms accounts originating from out of the country off!!! If it is possible to cherry pick among them will be ok. What I want to press home with this young and visionary Prime Minister is that country is at the point of no return. History will trounce you if you have not taken a lesson from the story of Ayman al-Zawahiri. You have wounded snakes in your hand you better know what to do with it. The killing of more than 230 innocent civilians by savage followers who answered a ‘call to prayers’ was just a rehearsal for the big one. You just got there in time to foil it. Just look at the background of the victims. There are Oromos, Amharas and others from the south. It seems that they were targeted just because they did not profess the religion of peace!!! Those so called advocates of human rights have graduated themselves to a more sinister plan of attack: Terrorism ala Al-Shabaab, Qaeda, IS and others you will have a problem pronouncing their names. If you start slacking off with what is in front of you now, history will not be merciful to you. You have more than one al-Zawahiri in the cage there. The hell with the blubber mouthed critics!!! It is a life or death for the entire 114 million innocent, law abiding, taxpaying and peace mongering citizens who have their faith in you!!! To me these are all enemy combatants in civilian and some of them in police uniforms!!! Yes, you heard me right!!! They are terrorists caught in their acts wearing civilian and law enforcement uniforms. My claim is the 1949 Geneva Convention certified!!! Enough is enough!!! I have lived enough in shame as an Oromo for years since the 1992-3 massacre and now I have to live in shame for whatever years left for me on this good earth in my sunset part of my life. Ok, Dear Prime Minister! The fate of that country, that gem of the colored and that country of the upright and Allah fearing people is in your hands!!! It is time to swallow the bitter pill for a recovery. These merchants of death and destruction should be no more!!!! Enough is enough!!!!

  2. I am with Abiye 100%.

    There are several ‘merchants of conflict’, the lead ones being one commanded by the likes of Ato Geleba and Mohammed. As far as countering the Geleba/Mohammed group, I strongly believe government efforts need to be complemented with self protection by civilian communities that should be organized (perhaps with support from the government) to defend themselves against the unemployed/unemployable/hopeless/illiterate youth gang. The TPLF is, of course, the richest and successful merchant of conflict having stolen from Ethiopia for the better part of over 40 years (including about 15 years prior to ascending to power under cover of chaos created by the Derge regime). Abiye has done an excellent job of castrating TPLF driving to exile to its home base of Tigrai. So far, TPLF is surviving using the money stolen from Ethiopia during the 27 years of its rule. But there is a limit for how long that money would last, and TPLF knows it, which explains its desperate attempt to return to national power and resume its theft and welfare receipts. Below are discrete steps the federal government can take to ensure TPLF would never ascend to national power again but preferably would take itself and region out of Ethiopia:

    (a) the federal government should stop budgetary transfers to the region. I surmise TPLF is using part of the budgetary allocation to create havoc in Ethiopia, as well as suppressing the ordinary people of Tigrai,

    (b) fuel supply to the Tigrai region must be suspended,

    (c) foreign exchange transfers to TPLF owned or controlled businesses and institutions should be suspended,

    (d) trade in goods and services (including air links) between Ethiopia and Tigrai should be suspended,

    (e) TPLF members/supporters should be fired from federal and regional government jobs,

    (f) real estate owned by TPLF affiliated organizations and individuals, particularly in Addis Abeba, must be targeted for nationalization, and no sales or transfers of such should be allowed,

    (g) telephone services by TPLF leadership, affiliated organizations, members, and supporters should be discontinued.

    I invite others to suggest other measures. But before I end, I would like to suggest Eritrea study developments about TPLF carefully to take advantage for what TPLF did to them using Ethiopians as cannon fodders in 1998 and 2000, Ethiopian resources to purchase armaments, and deporting Eritreans from Ethiopia, all under cover of the Ethiopian government. One action Eritrean could take could be forcefully reclaiming the border areas that were awarded by the International Boundary Commission, including the barren land of Bademe, quietly out of sight and sound.


  3. Here we go again “EXTREMISTS ” what a pathetic , didn’t he use the so callled “extremists ” to gain and consilidate power.

    This word has been used by authoritarian to silence any sort of dissident. I dont support any sort of violence but come on mr prime minister we are not fools.

    If they are extremists now as you say then they were extremists back 2015, 2016 and 2017 when they toppled the previous goverment. That makes you accomplice.

    So please labeling people is not the way to go, instead use criminality. Most people want to go about their business without killing their neighbours. Dont start this thng about “ethnic extremist” islamic extremist” we have been there before and it does not work. People who killl, destroy and still are criminal.
    Tplf fell because they starting using anti terror laws to terrorize its legitimate opponent.
    Look where they are. Holed up in far north and it is a matter of time before they smoked out.

    Mr. Prime minister you will be held by the people accountable please trade carefully. The law will catch up with you one day. Look at abdi elley, simon bereket, and all thr other world leaders. Meles fate was sealed by God, but i am sure if he were alive he will be either in jail or hiding somewhere in adwa. Look at seyoum mesfin, sebhat nega and the rest. Few years ago if you mention this peope’s name the fear would paralyze you.

    HISTORY ! ! ! HISTORY ! ! always repeat its self.


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