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 Ethiopia: What is the African #NoMore movement about? 

The anti-War #NoMore movement has been the top trending hashtag for weeks until Twitter temporarily blocked it.

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Eritreans and Ethiopians staged demonstrations across many cities in Europe and North America as part of the ongoing #NoMore movement. Picture shows protestors marching in London.

By Teshome Borago

The anti-War #NoMore movement has been the top trending hashtag for weeks until Twitter temporarily blocked it. While Twitter has censored it in several countries, it remains the top trending African campaign on Twitter and other social media platforms. 

What exactly is #NoMore about?

Currently organized by the Horn of Africa Hub, the #NoMore campaign was created by a coalition of Ethiopian and Eritrean activists led by former Al Jazeera & CBS journalist Hermela Aregawi. Its central objective is to oppose the ongoing Western media disinformation campaign, Western economic warfare, diplomatic propaganda and military interventions in Africa in general, and the “Horn of Africa” in particular. Its current focus is on Ethiopia, where a US-backed TPLF insurrectionists waged a brutal war that displaced millions of Ethiopians and killed thousands, including most notably slaughtering over a 1200 Amhara civilians in Maikadra town. 

This war initially began when TPLF ethnic-profiled & massacred hundreds of Non-Tigrayan federal officers in November 2020; rejecting two years of peace-building attempts by the Nobel Peace Prize winning Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed. Since then, the Western corporate media-intelligence complex portrayed the TPLF rebels as victims facing the stereotypical African dictatorship: despite TPLF committing mass atrocities and the current Ethiopian administration being the country’s first democratically elected government. In an effort to embolden the rebels, President Joe Biden’s top official Samantha Powers began fabricating “ways to embarrass” Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy (according to investigation by Politico media) while Biden’s team continued imposing economic sanctions on Ethiopia and its Eritrean allies. To tilt the military balance in favor of the heavily-armed TPLF rebels (who were already trained by US Army & had accumulated over 80 percent of Ethiopia’s arsenal) Western powers recently imposed arms embargo on the new democratic government of Ethiopia.

#NoMore is thus being supported by Africans and others worldwide who oppose insurrectionist rebels in Africa as well as support nonviolent democratic reforms in the continent. The recent global #NoMore marches organized by the Horn of Africa Hub are co-sponsored by the Answer Coalition and the US-based Black Alliance for Peace (BAP)  which opposes “western military power to impose western control of African land and resources,” among others. BAP is led by Green Party’s 2016 US Vice-Presidential nominee Ajamu Baraka who labeled TPLF a “western proxy” and claimed “the same individuals who now hold positions in the Biden administration were accomplices in the U.S.-led NATO decimation of Libya, hiding behind a modern-day version of the ‘White man’s burden’ otherwise known as “Responsibility to  Protect (R2P).”  In addition to Samantha Powers’ role in the catastrophic 2011 US Libya military intervention (which Obama said was his “biggest mistake”), several former CIA operatives who helped TPLF rebels in the 1980s, including Gayle Smith, was recently on a tour of Africa influencing US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken to support TPLF rebels.

Who is TPLF?

TPLF, the Tigrayan People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) is a pseudo-leftwing ethnic supremacist organization that became a Western proxy against the 1980s socialist regime in Ethiopia. Despite once being flagged as a terrorist organization, the TPLF quickly became a darling of the CIA and US intelligence operatives who viewed a geopolitically independent and united Ethiopian state as a major threat to Western interests in Africa. 

Before this latest episode of war, the TPLF rebels historically waged a vicious war in the 1980s, and ultimately came to power in 1991 with US support after sacrificing tens of thousands of Tigrayans thru conflict and conflict-led famine, including the diversion of Western aid for its successful war campaign. Once in power, the TPLF created an ethnic apartheid system that led to two decades of reoccurring ethnic-cleansing, while mismanaging the economy to put millions more Ethiopians dependent on foreign aid and keeping the country at the bottom of the world in GDP-per-capita rankings. When TPLF lost power thru peaceful nationwide protests in 2018, it began to sabotage the transitional government and ultimately trigger the current war for power. As the vicious TPLF rebels have support exclusively among ethnic Tigrayans (who make-up around 5% of total Ethiopian population), the rise of famous ethnic Tigrayan peace activists like Hermela Aregawi has put a spotlight on the exploitation of average Tigrayans by the Tigrayan elite millionaires, some of whom have several DC lobbyists that influence US politicians and work with Western media, including CNN journalist Nima Elbagir. Having had early access to the inside operations of TPLF members living in the West, the Tigrayan journalist Hermela exposed several schemes including their methodology of pushing a “Tigray Genocide” narrative in 2020, well before the Ethiopian government even began responding to the TPLF insurrection. Since then, the rebels have also held Tigrayans who refused to fight as hostages inside Tigray, by turning humanitarian aid routes in neighboring Afar and Amhara provinces into war-zones. In October, the TPLF shutdown the last remaining humanitarian aid transportation that came via UN aid flights, by forcing those Aid planes to abort landing and create a “No Fly Zone” in order to protect TPLF military installations from government airstrikes. According to the UN, most of its aid trucks meant for humanitarian aid have also disappeared in Tigray as they are being diverted by TPLF and used to transport Tigrayan rebels invading neighboring provinces.

Pro-democracy Tigrayans and all Ethiopian Peace activists worldwide have since demanded the TPLF rebels to stop the war and disarm.
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19 COMMENTS

  1. I just read news on Mereja.com in which it reported that Debre and his coolie Shene forces have captured the highly strategic town of Shewa Robit just 200 km north of the capital. The site also repotted that the ENDF soldiers were seen handing over heavy guns to the marauding rebels without a fight. It also reported the 500 thousand strong well armed regional forces of Oromia were seen as by-standers when all this was taking place. I now smell a rotting fish here. Is this true? It is also reported that Debre and his coolie Shene forces had freed hardened criminals and unleashed them towards the capital. Is all this true? I am also hearing that the youth in the areas overrun be the rag tags is putting up fierce resistance with everything it can put its hands on including boulders and sticks but is being butchered by vindictive Debre and bigoted Shene hoodlums. I call upon the dear editors of this esteemed website to verify this for us. I couldn’t because my relatives in the capital are getting all kinds of conflicting news from the area.

    • Ethiopia’s war is not only against forces from the country’s Tigray region “but also with colonialism of the powerful states of the West,” government spokesman Kebede Desisa said.

      Some Ethiopians were outraged this week when a U.S. Embassy security message warned its citizens of possible terrorist attacks in the country. The U.S. has also repeatedly told its citizens to leave immediately, warning there will be no Afghanistan-style evacuation if the war’s chaos reaches the capital.

  2. It is dangerous trying to teach an audience with very distorted facts Especially if you assume the audience has more influence than the author of this article. .

    The TPLF/EPLF toppled the DERG without any US military assistance and did not require the permission of the USA to take Addis Ababa on May 28, 1991. There were
    no US soldiers involved; and the USA didn’t have any leverage to decide the fate of Ethiopia. This attempt to present a TPLF as being dependent on the USA as a distorted way to present
    an image that anti-TPLF forces were powerless because of the USA’s military’s backing, which of course, was not the case. Those that fail to learn from the mistakes of the past are doomed to repeat it. And clearly you are reminding the world that Ethiopia is about to endure
    now a repeat.
    Now, of course, the sad irony with NOMORE,
    is that there will be many NO MOREs in days, weeks, months, and years ahead.

    Moving on. Now, there are a dozen other corrections I could give you. But here is the question. Who is your audience. Because the foreigners will want to cross examine everything you say, and as every one of your statements has red flags attached; to it, this article instead presents the TPLF are the the ones untrustworthy. Is that the image you want to present? Resort to Speaking in Tongues as the only way out of an argument?

    • Ethiopia’s war is not only against forces from the country’s Tigray region “but also with colonialism of the powerful states of the West,” government spokesman Kebede Desisa said.

      Some Ethiopians were outraged this week when a U.S. Embassy security message warned its citizens of possible terrorist attacks in the country. The U.S. has also repeatedly told its citizens to leave immediately, warning there will be no Afghanistan-style evacuation if the war’s chaos reaches the capital.

    • Some of u want to just be blind to some facts of course these article is the truth but u are weak to see the fact or too stubborn to see the fact maybe if u take ur blind fold maybe u should see the truth of Ethiopia

  3. My homeboy Getachew just shot me an email a few minutes ago. He told me that Abiy had sent one of his blind drones and bombed heavily populated section of Mekele killing 325,568 unarmed citizens while sleeping. He told me his employees at BBC, AFP, CNN, Al-Jazeera and Reuters were there on the spot assessing the damage. 250,000 of the victims were children. He had also included the number of civilians killed by Eritrean, ENDF, Amhara and their Oromo collaborators in one month alone back in November, 2020. Eritrean had killed 3,750,656 civilians, ENDF killed 3,896,333 and Amhara with their Oromo collaborators killed 3,764,788 unarmed civilians. That brings the total Tigrayans killed by these three enemies of Tigray to 11,411, 777. That is right! 11 million four hundred eleven thousand and seven hundred seventy seven walking and breathing Tigrayans. It is almost twice the total number of Jews killed by Nazis between 1933 and 1945. It took 12 years for the Nazis to kill 6 million Jews but Eritreans and Ethiopians took them only one month to kill almost 12 million Tigrayans, The Gold Race.
    Hey Ittu! You gonna believe that? The entire population of Tigray was less than 6 million in November 2020. That does not add up.
    Well that was what he told me. It seems he is believed by his employees at BBC, AFP, CNN, Reuters and Al-Jazeera. Bachelet believes him. Winnie the Pooh, Mickey Mouse and Roger Rabbit, all those guys believe him. He also told me that he has hired the most feared and respected lawyers from Minnesota, Lexington, London and Melbourne to file a lawsuit of crime against humanity against Abiy, Isaias and Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan. His lawyers will be asking nothing short of the death penalty for these criminals.
    Why Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan? He was not there?
    Getachew told me that he has discovered the photo of the President of UAE himself flying drones and fighter jets killing civilians in Tigray.
    Wow!!! That is an earth shaking discovery. But the population of Tigray was around 6 million in 2020. Things don’t jive with the numbers from your homeboy, Ittu.
    I don’t care what you say. I believe my homeboys Getachew and Debre. Once you have major western media outlets in your pocket everything you say is believable.

  4. The latest from Mereja.com tells that Debre and coolie Shene riff raffs might be on the verge of taking another large city and this time just 100 km from Addis/Finfine, Debre’s namesake of Debre Birhan. Government officials and employees from that city are said to have fled to the capital. Am I losing it or is this true? The report also mentions the arrest of the commander of the Amhara militia. It was also indicated in the same report that the 500,000 strong militia of the Oromia region is just chillin camped outside the capital. Something is wrong over there or something is fishy? Are the rebels being allowed to march into the capital under some kind of a deal between Abiy and Debre? If both sides have agreed to end this senseless and destructive conflict peacefully I am all for it. Folks, the next few days are something to watch. Why the ENDF has stopped fighting and instead handing over its weapons to the rebels? What is going on over there? Again, if these two chose to end this conflict peacefully I commend them for doing just that! But why all of a sudden? I don’t know. You figure it out.
    Here is the link on Mereja: mereja.com/index/378383

    • Ethiopia’s war is not only against forces from the country’s Tigray region “but also with colonialism of the powerful states of the West,” government spokesman Kebede Desisa said.

      Some Ethiopians were outraged this week when a U.S. Embassy security message warned its citizens of possible terrorist attacks in the country. The U.S. has also repeatedly told its citizens to leave immediately, warning there will be no Afghanistan-style evacuation if the war’s chaos reaches the capital.

  5. The reason why tplf goons skin people alive is to instil fear in people and ravage towns with no resistance. It is time this trick has gone stale, and now it is their turn..

  6. TPLF Tigrayan terrorists has moved in to Fire….. we hear it is moving to Shewa Robit because it the road to Mekelle is closed by Ethiopian forces. TPLF is trapped!!! It is in its last survival mode as CNN, BBC, Reuters, AP, Al-Jazeera are up in arms secretly gathered in Sudan to come up with another fake news as TPLF keeps on loosing more of its thieves, criminals and wild rampage of destruction beasts.
    Representative of TPLF, William Davison is in depression and has lost his cool as seen interrupting during an interview and become redundant.

    TPLF Tigrayan terrorist group is nothing without foreign support. We have seen ample pictures and evidences where white in the name of humanitarian aid REST and others by going all the way into cages and holes to give support. Giving money, psychological and war support to TPLF pre 1991 and the now TPLF waged war against Ethiopia. Those foreign Ethiopian division supporters know exactly were to find terrorist TPLFs are hiding in cages and diches away from Ethiopian government.

    TPLF is leaving every region after rampaging, looting, raping and destroying what it can not steal from Amhara. Its beasty power is diminishing as it moves into hostile territories where it gets hit from every side. The choice is only to go forward into fire because there is no chance of going back. it has. The loot from Amhara people piling up in Tigray will be returned by hook of crook.

  7. I just received a report from my homeboys that the drone that targeted Mekele did not just drop an ordinary bomb but it used two kinds of bombs. One was the largest bomb in the world nick named the daisy cutter. This bomb carry so vast amount of explosive it is close to the atomic bomb that was dropped on Nagasaki in 1945. The 2nd one was a mini nuclear explosive tipped device. The International Atomic Energy Agency is on the ground investigating and has confirmed it was a nuclear devise. There were 387,999 civilians killed instantly by this drone raid and 276,789 of them were children. All these residents were sleeping in a single house when the drone hit!!!

    In another development from the battle front my homeboys told me Addis/Finfine will fall before the end of this week. Abiy and his inner circle have already fled the city. It is reported that they are moving to Bashasha and they will declare the Republic of Oromia Part Deux there. My homeboys both Debre and Getachew told me that Shene is the best productive coolie/hammaal they had ever found. They also told me that Coolie Shene was able to persuade Abiy and ENDF to come to their side. The only task left now is to clean up all Amharas and their Oromo collaborators from the country. Shene coolies have told my homeboys Debre and Getachew that they have the final solution for those ‘fascist’ Amharas and their Oromo collaborators. They will be deported to 6ft deep shelter where they will rest in ‘eternal peace’. Winning!!!!

    Winning! Winning!! Winning!!! The Republic of Tigraynia will be declared on January 1, 2022. That will be just temporary name and it will change to The Peoples Democratic Government of Axumia on April 1, 2022. Its territory will cover Red Sea shore at Assab on the east side and Sudanese border on the west side. There will be no Eritrea in a year after that and it will be replaced by a group of seven independent republics. Then the Republic of Axumia will start a program of developing weapon grade atomic bombs to use that as a deterrent from its sworn enemies of Oromos, Somalis, Afars, Sidamas, Southerners, Gambelas and the Kikuyu tribes in Kenya. Remember all these Amharas and their Oromo collaborators will be gone by the due diligence of our loyal servants of Shene. They will be resting in eternal peace!!!!

    • It is already September and the juntah TPLF is being destroyed while our prosperous Ethiopia is developing and Winning more than ever. We Ethiopians will witness bright Ethiopia in near future guided by our Pragmatic, democratic and Nobel peace Prize winning leader DR ABIY AHMED. You tigrayans will remain in delusion and destruction, have a nice journey my brother.

  8. TPLF Tigrayan terrorist group is nothing without foreign support. We have seen ample pictures and evidences where white in the name of humanitarian aid REST and others by going all the way into cages and holes to give support. Giving money, psychological and war support to TPLF pre 1991 and the now TPLF waged war against Ethiopia. Those foreign Ethiopian division supporters know exactly were to find terrorist TPLFs are hiding in cages and diches away from Ethiopian government.

  9. Ethiopia’s war is not only against forces from the country’s Tigray region “but also with colonialism of the powerful states of the West,” government spokesman Kebede Desisa said.

    Some Ethiopians were outraged this week when a U.S. Embassy security message warned its citizens of possible terrorist attacks in the country. The U.S. has also repeatedly told its citizens to leave immediately, warning there will be no Afghanistan-style evacuation if the war’s chaos reaches the capital.

  10. I have a lot of opinions, but I will try to stick with the facts as I perceive them. Because of the brutality and oppression of colonialism, a cry for self determination went out across Africa. Heroes that answered that call were people like Jomo Kenyatta and Nelson Mandela, who are acknowleded as heroes all over the world, except perhaps by the racists who benefitted from the racist and oppressive policies of colonialism. Seld Determination means that all ethnic groups should have the right to determine thier own way of living and administer thier own region. All Africans that felt the heavy boot of colonialism and many who have not all believe that Self Determination is a human right. This is why it is enshrined on the Ethiopian constitution that every region has the right to administer itself, and even secede if it choses. Now, democracy means that people choose for themselves how they should be governed, typically through voting. When the people of Ethiopia expressed through the vote that they wanted change, the T.P.L.F. allowed that to happen, new leaders were elected. Abiy Ahmed was NOT at that time elected Prime Minister, but rather pressured his friend to step down and then chased him out of the country. So the chair was handed over to him, he without a doubt had a wide base of support, especially amomg the discontented Oromo population. Abiy then dismantled the system of “Ethnic Federalism” which is that right of self determination within each Ethnic region. Instead, with his visions of “being the king” as he has said, he created the Prosperity Party and moved to make Ethiopia a one Party country. The choice was to join him or not. I’m sure many tried to warn him this wouldn’t work, and the T.P.L.F. refused to join and instead left Addis Ababa to administer thier Ethnic region of Tigray. Were threats and intimidation involved? Who knows but for sure the lead engineer for the G.E.R.D. was found dead, in Addis with a gunshot wound behind the right ear, in what was deemed “suicide”. That is when I truly began to worry about the situation in Ethiopia. Some might remember the famous Oromo sing Huchalu was also murdered around that time. Then came the so called “attack on the northern command”. The details of this are murky. My understanding is that the Federal Government was attempting to move the heavy equipment out of Tigray, since hey, Eritrea is our friend now, remember that Nobel Peace prize? Of course the T.P.L.F. fought alongside Esayas Afewerki and new very well all about Eritreas repressive regime. UN Human Tights watch also describes Eritrea as “one of the most oppressive regimes in the world”. There are whole books dedicated to documenting the extent of Afewerki’s crimes: Forced military service (at age 16 or so, there comes a knock on the door for every young man); forced service in other sectors; there is no voting; there is no independent media; those military recruits are sold to the highest bidder; young women too? Who knows? Eritrea is considered on of the most secretive countries as well, the info we get is from the thousands of refugees that flee every year, in numbers perhaps exceeding Syrian refugees. Many die trying to escape. Of course Ethiopia and Eritrea fought a long border war around the Tigray region not so long ago, so Tigray knows full well what Afewerki is capable of.
    Now, under international law, if there is an attack, the attacked party may respond in equal measure. So after the “attack on the northern command” the Federal Government of Abiy Ahmed invaded Tigray from the south. Eritrean soldiers invaded from the north. Now starts the long list of war crimes committed, starting with the shelling of Mekelle. It is a war crime to attack civilians and civilian infrastructure, such as the bombing of the Tekezze powerplant and the repeated bombing of Mekelle. Then there was widely reported instances of rape, so brutal and widespread it was called “systematic rape”. Gang raping of young girls, Fathers and family forced to watch or even to participate, and it just gets uglier and uglier. Other war crimes: blocking food aid which millions are dependent on, attacks on refugee camps with two camps completely destroyed. What happened to all those refugees? Only Afewerki and maybe Abiy know for sure. Most of those refugees were Eritreans that had fled Eritrea long ago, glad to trade living in Eritrea for a refugee camp. The Federal Government shut down all the banks effectively stealing every hard earned penny (maybe not a war crime, maybe it is, still a crime). And now you know why for Tigaru people, this is a life and death situation. The brutality of it all made it clear to all those living in Tigray that it was die standing or die kneeling, and Tigaru kneel only to God, knowing the soul is everlasting while life on Earth is short. Fortunately for them they have some incredible military leaders, unfortunately this is born out of the fact that Tigray has always born the brunt of invasions, since it is nearly impossible to invade Ethiopia from any direction but the north. The Egyptians have invaded from the north, as well as the the Italians. The Sudanese also invaded once, Mahdists from across the Sudan border also in that area. Tigaru are the true Abyssinian warriors that have fought and died for eons to maintain Ethiopia independence, and have kept Ethiopia free from colonialism and invasions of all types. And so it goes today. Were the T.P.L.F. perfect? Of course not. Plenty of people probably think they underdeveloped thier region and built up Tigray unfairly. Plenty of people in Tigray feel there was too much investment in Addis Ababa instead of Tigray. Few governments are loved by all the people. However, looking at Ethiopia from a global perspective they were doing a lot for Africa on a whole. Ethiopia was the home of the African Union, once a respected organization that had peacekeeping troops in Somalia and Sudan. Ethiopia was a bulwark of the A.U. which HAD it’s headquarters in Addis Ababa. I believe they moved to Ghana perhaps now, since Abiy Ahmed flatly refused to negotiate from day one with the T.P.L.F. instead slapping them with the designation of a “terrorist organization”. To be an Ethiopian and deny the A.U., headquartered in the Ethiopian capital a chance to intervene is something that will be remembered well. We still remember when the League of Nations was asked to help its member country of Ethiopia during the Italian agression. They put an arms embargo on Italy and Ethiopia as well. Of course Italy had a military that was vast. When further economic sanctions were levied against Italy, to show how little that mattered to them, they made a public spectacle of Italian citizens throwing thier wedding rings into a big melting pot. And so today, the U.N. has failed to step in, because guess who voted against that? Yup, China and Russia. They were all for the killing raping and pillaging. WW1 and WW2 were in no small part about who got the “African market”, look it up if you want more details.
    Eritrea was even renting out land for U.A.E. to fly drones into Yemen and Syria, bombing people for over 10 years. Shame on all these war mongers! Shame on all these people who are willing to kill millions to make more profits! Shame on China, Turkey and U.A.E. supplying more drones and armaments to the fascists in the Ethiopian government! Abiy Ahmed is a war criminal! Esayas Afewerki is guilty of war crimes! We should all be working to bring these criminals to justice!

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