Another omen of military mobilization in Tigray. “Those capable who are not arming and joining the fighting ( fighting against the Ethiopian government) will not have equal place in Tigray,” says TPLF leader Debretsion Gebremichael
The latest information from the Tigray region of Ethiopia seems to indicate that the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) continues to make preparations for war rather than for the Peace Talk.
A video message circulating on social media shows TPLF chairman Debretsion Gebremichael ranting and making mobilization speeches.
In a meeting with the residents of Mekelle, he warned that all able-bodied people should join the fighting or they will face consequences.
The speech he made in Tigrigna is translated as “..Tigray will only be for those who are armed and fighting. Those who are capable of fighting but do not want to fight will not have a place in Tigray. In the future, they will lack something. They will not have equal rights as those who joined the fighting [struggle]. We are working on regulation. Those who do not join the struggle will lack something forever.”
His speech started circulating on social media this week. It appears to be recent video footage as the TPLF chairman is seen Health and recovered.
He was among the leaders who were in hiding after Mekelle fell in the hands of Ethiopian government forces following a counteroffensive in January 2021. Some were killed during the military operation. Some were captured, arrested and later released.
The Ethiopian government and the TPLF are said to be in direct talks, according to the information from the Peace and Security Council of the African Union.
The TPLF has a precondition that what it calls Western Tigray (refers to the Wolkait area of Gondar) has to return to the status quo ante before the TPLF attacks the Northern Command of the Ethiopian Defense Force in November 2020.
The organization has been enjoying diplomatic and political support from western powers and multilateral institutions with the leadership of the United States.
The state department repeatedly issued statements pressuring the Ethiopian government to withdraw forces from “Western Tigray.”
There were also instances where high-nutrition food aid that was meant to be distributed to people in the Tigray region of Ethiopia was consumed by TPLF’s forces and World Food Programme trucks that delivered food aid to the Tigray region were diverted for transporting TPLF forces from place to place during the latter’s venture to march to Addis Ababa by occupying Afar and Amhara regions of Ethiopia.
TPLF’s chairman’s latest mobilization message came barely two weeks after a US special envoy to the Horn of Africa, a European Union envoy and several ambassadors from Western countries met with TPLF leaders in Mekelle – where they spent about five hours.
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