Bahir Dar Airport is once again named as Dejazmach Belay Zeleke Airport, as it used to be called before TPLF took over power
December 18, 2020
Bahir Dar’s Ginbot 20 airport is rebranded as Dejazmach Belay Zeleke Airport, Ethiopian state media reported on Friday. The Amhara regional administration whose seat is in the city has been engaging community members in the region to come up with a new name.
It was the mayoral committee in the city that came up with the decision based on feedback from community engagement.
Gibot 20, literary meaning May 28, is the day the now defunct Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF), whose political architect was Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF), entered the capital Addis Ababa in 1991 after the fall of Colonel Mengistu Hailemariam’s government.
Ginbot 20 was more of a politically motivated name with the intention to glorify EPRDF’s victory over what it called fascist derg. As it turned out, EPRDF which was essentially a cover name to the master of the coalition — TPLF — became far more fascistic. In fact, the current president of the region, who is said to be a champion of TPLF when the late Meles Zenawi was alive — argued recently that the crime that TPLF committed is comparable to what Nazi Germany did during the second world war.
Dejazmach Belay Zeleke, on the contrary, is a name that glorifies Ethiopian history — particularly Ethiopia’s heroic resistance against fascist Italy occupation of Ethiopia in the late 1930′ and early 1940′ Dejazmach Belay Zeleke mobilized forces from the region to inflict heavy loss against invaders.
Ethiopian Airlines flight from Addis Ababa to Bahir Dar will resume tomorrow.
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