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Media panelist abducted and beaten as anarchy spirals out of control in Ethiopia 

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Nigusse Berhanu shows bruise marks on his shoulder. He was abducted and beaten a few days ago (photo : screenshot from video)

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Government repression is not something strange in Ethiopia. What is strange is that the form of repression  is taking a different form. Non-state actors seem to be used as tools in advancing politically motivated repression that aims to silence critical voices. 

Groups that are believed to be radical ethnic nationalists are repeatedly abducting individuals even from the capital Addis Ababa. 

Two days ago, local Ethiopian news outlets reported that journalist and panelist Nigussie Berhanu – who frequently appears on Yegna Tube show- was abducted from the capital Addis Ababa and driven in the direction of  Abmo town – where he was severely beaten. 

The group that abducted, “blind-folded” put him in the car and drove away is described as an “unknown group.” But it appears that these groups seem to present themselves as law enforcement authorities when they carry out their politically motivated crimes. 

They threw him out of the car after they beat him severely. Engidaworq Gebeyehu, the owner of Yegna Tube, has confirmed to media that the Analyst was indeed abducted in Addis Ababa, this week, blindfolded and forced to get into a car and driven out of the city.  

Last week, Amha Dagnaw, leader of the Balderas party was abducted outside of his office in Addis Ababa and kept in a car for several hours and released later.  Those who detained him approached him as plain cloth security officers. His party was supposed to have a congress the next day but it did not happen. 

In a related development, Taye Bogale, an activist and historian who has been vocal against radical ethnic nationalist forces, is reportedly arrested in the capital Addis Ababa. 

Local sources indicated that he was arrested as he was picking up his kid from school. At this writing, neither the Federal Police nor Addis Ababa police remarked about his arrest. 

Activists and politicized Ethiopians are expressing their views about mounting repression that is rather seeming more like anarchy within the government structure suggesting that the worst form of dictatorial government is evolving from Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s administration.

Executives of the ruling party held a meeting a few days ago and one of the points it identified as a problem for the administration is the inability to exercise freedom. But the assessment is unspecified as to what group has a problem in that regard. 

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5 COMMENTS

  1. of all things I am afraid of is to be abducted by ethnic devils. We know who is there in the so-called intelligence offices in the country – what is disturbing is that these same ethnic goons were complaining that previous governments (implicating the Amhara in particular) were doing this to them – now they are doing it on others.

  2. I told you! This is a rehearsal for other atrocities by thirty parties coming soon to the theater nearest you!!! Just look around in many countries in Africa, Latin America, Asia and even several developed nations. Such kidnappings and many killings are being carried out by offshoots of former leftist militants. The current mega narcotic outfits used to call themselves communist party this or liberation front that. When they failed in that format then they pick up different sorts of violence. Just look at what is going in Colombia, Peru, Ecuador, all Central American countries except Costa Rica. How about the Philippines? On and on and on. Folks, brace yourself for the same third party violence in the old country. These remnants of veteran commies and their by-product liberation front this or that will be relegated into irrelevance and will be replaced by formidable groups of savage gangsters. Why not? They have years of manhandling and killing innocent civilians already. They are experts in below radar money laundering. They are one of the most skillful robbers of the nation’s coffers. The current regime has already admitted that stealing of public money has become so widespread that it is not able to control by itself. It has asked for the public’s cooperation in fighting such toxic and extremely harmful crime, the very public which has been intimidated already by ruffians infiltrated the regime’s security forces. It is going to be another national calamity.

  3. cheapest propaganda ever posted and dessiminated at borkena , highly esteemed wesbite as ittu aba farda described and paraised you.

    propserity party members who killed children,mothers, priests and nuns and destroyed churches and mosques , you are trying to do th smear campaign against pp by showing this useless propagnda. Taye bogale is a criminal and other person mentioned here was trying to do tarshy things by siding to one ethnic group. They all deserve it !!!

    there are children displaced and starved from all ethnic members , mainly Tigray, Oromo, Amhara , Somalia, Kimant, Agew etc try to talk about it without being biased!!

  4. LET US ADMIT !!!
    a). THE HONOURABLE ANCIENT BLACK AFRICAN ETHIOPIA, THAT WE KNOW, IS NOW TURNED INTO OPEN
    HOOLIGANISM — NO MORE ” CHEWANNET” >>>> “GONE WITH THE WIND”
    b). OR AS THE FRENCH CONSOLE US >>>> “C’EST LA VIE”
    c) . AND SO, ETHIOPIANS HAVE TO START ACCLIMATIZING TO HOOLIGANISM FROM “CHEWANNET”
    d). . IT MAY BE A CONSOLATION TO NOTE THAT ETHIOPIA ALREADY HAVE INHERENT WORD FOR IT >>>> “DURIYE”
    THE END

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