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Ethiopia declares state of emergency as FANO movement gains momentum 

Ethiopia State of Emergency
Abiy Ahmed’s cabinet agreed to impose state of emergency in the Amhara region of Ethiopia as the FANO movement gains momentum (Photo : Public Domain)

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As the FANO movement gains momentum in the Amhara region of Ethiopia, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s cabinet has passed a decision to impose a state of emergency in the Amhara region. 

It was on Friday that the cabinet passed the decision amid reports that the senior authorities in Amhara region have fled to the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa. 

The decision of the cabinet will have to be approved by the House of Peoples’ Representatives before it is implemented. 

Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed met the cabinet minister to get the decision just a day after the head of the Amhara regional state, Yilkal Kefale, reportedly wrote a letter to him asking for Federal government intervention in the region. The one-paragraph letter, which is not still independently verified as to whether it is from Yilkal indeed, said that maintaining law and order in the region through regular security forces in the region has become difficult. 

Sources from the Amhara region say it has been more than four months now since the Defense Force was deployed to the Amhara region and there were accusations of rights abuse. 

The Council of Ministers said, as reported by state media on Friday, “armed illegal movement” in the Amhara region is transformed to a point where it is no longer possible to enforce the law with regular security forces.  It also said that “it has posed a danger to the constitutional order and the threat it posed to security and peace is increasing from time to time. ” 

“This movement has highly disrupted people’s economic and social activity in the region,” the Council of Ministers claimed.  However, there is credible information from the sources in the region that the armed FANO movement has got popular support in the region. 

Unverified videos of residents cheering FANO fighters circulating on social media show residents of towns controlled by FANO cheerfully receiving combatants of the movement. 

On the other hand, there have been no – unlike the case in the Oromo region of Ethiopia where what the government calls the Shane group has been robbing banks, and massacring and kidnapping civilians – reports of bank robbery or kidnappings because of the FANO movement. 

In a related development, the government reportedly formed four command centers ( in Debre Birhan, Dessie, Finote Selam and Gonar) under the leadership of the Deputy Chief of Staff, General Abebaw Tadesse, to reverse the FANO movement. 

The Defense Force movement to take control of Gondar town was not a success, according to a report from Anchor media. 

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6 COMMENTS

  1. This is a sad day for the mothers of those gullible young people in that region and the country. What I have been hearing is level head elders were in a thick of it to avert an all out bloodshed and find a peaceful settlement. But they are facing a situation where the group they are talking with have been dominated by extremist individuals hell bent on belief that solutions will come out of AK47’s only. Again those of you who are beating the drums of war from your safe and tranquil domiciles here among us should be ashamed of yourselves. I am seething and upset to see those who once drove individuals to their disastrous end at the hands of the demonic Mengistu rumbling around again from a safe distance claiming to be the leaders and representatives of the gullible youth in Amhara region. These smart aleck connivers are using the same routes and connections as the ones they utilized in 1989. These are ‘you-can’t-tell-me-what-to-do’ stubborn and arrogant individuals. In their twisted mind they know much better than anyone else. Now they are leading that hapless youth to its ultimate demise to the agony and horror of their adoring mothers. These swindlers send their children and grandchildren to schools here but their arouse and urge the youth in that region to rush into an awaiting inferno. I will be holding these con artists equally responsible for the senseless loss of innocent lives in both Amhara and Oromia regions.

    • Make that:
      These swindlers send their children and grandchildren to schools here but they arouse and urge the youth in that region to rush into an awaiting inferno. I will be holding these con artists equally responsible for the senseless loss of innocent lives in both Amhara and Oromia regions.

  2. 1). Fannos vs. Putschist Domestic Terrorists: Fannos are neither Ethnic Politicians nor Ethnic Warmongers. Those who put on any Ethnic Hat & resort to armed insurrection are Putschist Domestic Terrorists and should be dealt with accordingly! NO ifs & NO buts!

    2). Amaras vs. Security: Why do ‘Amara Activists’ antagonize Amaras & Oromos if they really care about the security of the over 15 million Amaras living in Oromo Zone [OZ]? More Amaras live in OZ than in the Amara Zone [AZ]. Compare: No Oromo lives in AZ.

    3). ENDF vs. Gojjam-Gonder Fanno [GGF]: The GGF watched TPLF massacre over 600 Amaras at Mai-Kadra and let TPLF go till Wollo & Shewa. ENDF and SOME Shewa & Wollo Fannos repulsed TPLF. Irony: GGF calls that same ENDF “Abiy’s Oromo Army”

    4). Law Enforcement vs. Human Rights Violations [HRV]: When Amara Thugs in Fanno Hats [ATFH] kill Amara officials, it is HRV! Went AFTH kills/loots/vandalizes Oromos in Kèmissé/Wollèga, it is HRV. So, why condemn ኦነግ ሸኔ & let the ATFH off the hook?

  3. It shows how Fano has the support of not only from Amhara but also from ENF and many other ethnic Ethiopian repressed and abused by the OLF mafia Abiy Ahmed tyranical regime.

    In the name of a government Abiy Ahmed is massacering Amhara people to expand his poewr and steal wealth.

    This weak and thin skin tyrant has no tolerance accepting the truth and criticism for his abhorent and failed practice and behaviors.

    Even the president of the US do not demand and force phraises and never go after people who tcriticis them.

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