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Representatives asking for an end to identity-based arrests, kidnappings

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By Staff Reporter

ADDIS ABABA – (BORKENA) – Elders and youth representatives have asked the government officials to stop the identity-based mass arrests and kidnappings that are being carried out in Wolkite Town of Gurage Zone in South Ethiopia Region, sources said.

An elderly man told Addis Maleda on condition of anonymity that community representatives visited the mayor at his office on 14 August 2023 and put forward their request for an end to the identity-based mass arrests being undertaken in the Town.

The elderly man said that all people residing in the Zone got married and produced children with Amhara people who have lived in the town for a long time. He told the mayor of the town that the arrests and human rights violations being carried out by the government security forces against the Amhara natives at this time are completely unacceptable.

The mayor of the town, who received a petition from the elders and the youth, said that some youths were arrested for “organising violence”, but he has not been informed or has no any information about mass arrests based on identity in the town.

“If there is an ethnic-based arrest and kidnapping as you have said, we discuss the issue with the concerned body that provided us with the information through telephone and then we will let you know the development,” the mayor said.

Another representative of the youth, who was approached by Addis Maleda said that six youths and a security sector office head of the town administration, are the ones who go round on motorcycles and provide tips to the security forces that are currently carrying out the arrests.

The eyewitness said that the arrests and kidnappings “are carried out at night based on wrong and distorted pieces of information given to the security forces”.

The elderly people and the youth tried to approach Zonal management bodies to discuss the issue. However, they were told that the chief administrator was in a meeting and regarding the arrest, it is being carried out under the State of Emergency in which the administration would not interfere.

Among the people who were arrested en-masse, there are members of the opposition party and others who belong to the Amhara ethnic group serving under the government structure, Addis Maleda indicated.

Due to the intensified mass arrest, people of Amhara natives have been forced not to spend the night in their homes, according to news sources of Addis Maleda. 


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  1. During the demonic Mengistu years it was our Eritrean brothers and sisters who used to be scrutinized and victimized and now it is the Amharas. At least that is the impression I get from this news article. It saddens me to my core that country has come to this. When it needs the coming together of everyone the most but actions like this will work towards the opposite direction which is ripping people apart from each other. This is moving fast to a point where it will be beyond the ability of mankind to stop the madness and the only available means would be a divine intervention. That is what is in my daily prayers. The issues both in Amhara and Oromia regions will not be addressed/solved militarily even though it may be able to bring relative peace by that but will not solve the problems there permanently. All sides need to calm down and have a sit dawn to address the issues amicably. I’m not the only one saying this. That country has come to a point where this it for her. I had said this on numerous occasions in the past. It has come to its last pit stop after the change of guards in 2018. It seemed then that it had finally found its mojo. It was a time of hope and celebration but it was to become so short lived. Now it has come to its last chance. There are two roads leading to two different consequences. One road will lead her to peace, stability and unprecedented progress towards prosperity and the other one will lead her to its final gasp as a country we know it today. That will be virtual barbarity and unseen bloodshed where daily ups and downs of normal life have completely departed. But I am not giving up on that gem of the colored. No, I have refused to do that for almost 5 decades now. That is why I have her in my daily prayers and pray for the ultimate divine intervention where men will finally regain their minds. Insha’Allah!!!!

  2. The lucky ones are now complaining about identity-based mass arrests, but many innocent Oromos, Gumuz, Tigrayans, Kimants, Shinasha, and Agew have been subjected to unspeakable horrors and torturous acts, such as being burned alive while pleading for mercy until their last dying breath and being thrown into rivers and lakes while their hands and legs were bound. All these horrors were committed among Ethiopians , by fellow Ethiopians, whose nation is usually regarded as the pinnacle of Christianity, and Ethiopians are renowned for their dedication, piety, hospitality, and friendliness around the globe. These horrible incidents have occurred there.

    However, no one is encouraged to impose the eye for an eye principle here; no one wants to see those atrocities inflicted against Amhara people, but Fanno members are still targeting non-Amhara ENDF members who happen to be found on the pilgrim path and live in the Amhara region.

    ፋኖዎችም ሆኑ ደጋፊዎቻቸው የተለያዩ የብሔርብሔረሰብ አባላትን ማሰር ማንገላታት ፥መዝረፍ መግደል ያቁሙ ፥፥ከዚህ መሠል ድርጊቶች ይቆጠቡ፤፤ማንም አማራ ይጥፋ ይገደል ይታሰር ያለ የለም፥፥ስም እየለጠፉ የፖርቲ ታርጋ እየለጠፉ ብሔርብሔረቦችን በማንገላታት፤በመግደል ኢትዮጵያን አንድ ማድረግ ሕዝብን በማሸበር መግዛት አይቻልም፥፥ለሰው ሕይወት ክብር ይኑረን፥፥ የሌላው ህይወት ይጥፋ አማራ ግን ለምንስ ይታሰር የሚሉት ልግጫ ቢቀር መልካም ነው፤፤

    Fanno has to stop killing all non-Amhara people by sticking names on them and affiliating them with OLA, TPLF, or other groups.

    ———————- Fannos have to STOP KILLING Non-Amhara ethnic members ——————————

    The biblical Golden Rule comes from the sayings of the Sermon on the Mount in the Gospel of Matthew when Jesus says, “So whatever you wish that men do to you, do so to them; for this is the law of the prophets” (Matt. 7:12).


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