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Not satisfied with being up to no good within the United States, Blinken-Biden and the Dem Senate appear to be up to no good in Ethiopia. After all, they need a war as a diversion. In short, they seem to be plotting an intervention in Ethiopia. They will surely intervene on behalf of the worst of the Ethiopian actors. Will they bomb Ethiopia or simply foist rigged voting machines and a rigged election on Ethiopia, like they apparently have upon the United States? Perhaps low-tech ballot stuffing instead of machines? Dem Senators have the unmitigated gall to write regarding Ethiopia: “The destabilizing potential of these trends should not be underestimated, especially in light of the national elections planned for June 5, 2021. These planned elections are not currently on track to meet international standards for freedom, fairness, and transparency,“ even while evidence of US election fraud is increasingly staring everyone in the face. Funny thing, when separatist rebels attacked a US military facility at Fort Sumter, the US government didn’t take it lying down: https://www.nps.gov/fosu/index.htm
Remember that the head of WHO is from the TPLF.
Prime Minister “Abiy’s reforms also upend the country’s long-established power dynamics. Tigray’s leaders say they are unfairly targeted in corruption trials and used as scapegoats for the country’s problems. In 2019, the TPLF refuses to join Abiy in forming the nationwide Prosperity Party after Abiy dissolves the EPRDF, which was dominated for decades by the Tigray People’s Liberation Front.” See Germany’s DW: “Ethiopia: A timeline of the Tigray crisis: Civil war, ethnic tensions, and broken promises: The ongoing power struggle between Ethiopian government forces and Tigrayan leaders has deep roots.” Date 17.11.2020, by Ineke Mules https://www.dw.com/en/ethiopia-a-timeline-of-the-tigray-crisis/a-55632181
Blinken-Biden Statement: “Continuing Atrocities and Denial of Humanitarian Access in Ethiopia’s Tigray Region” PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE MAY 15, 2021 https://www.state.gov/continuing-atrocities-and-denial-of-humanitarian-access-in-ethiopias-tigray-region/
The Biden Administration still hasn’t informed us about the motive of the shooter at Fort Detrick, Fantahun Girma Woldesenbet, who seems to have been Ethiopian-American (probably Oromo). Nor has anyone else. Did it have to do with accessing a biological weapon for this conflict? Or something else? Why is it being hidden? The Ethiopian parliament (House of People’s Representatives (HoPR)) recently (May 6 21) approved a bill from the council of ministers designating both the Tigray People Liberation Front (TPLF) and “Shene” (Oromo People’s Army) as terrorist organizations. See: https://addisstandard.com/news-fed-attorney-general-says-terrorist-designated-shene-refers-to-oromo-liberation-army-ola-responds-vows-to-engage-in-total-war/ Was the shooter affiliated with the Oromo People’s Army? Is the Biden Admin covering for them? Based on their Twitter feed, OPA appears to be allies of TPLF and fan boys of the Dems. Like the Dems they give a good spiel, but what they say ain’t necessarily what you get.
The National Amhara Movement (NaMA) Response to US State Department Statement, May 16, 2021:
“The US Department of State has released another unlearned but sugar-coated statement on the Situations in Tigray, Ethiopia.
It is unfortunate for the International Community to witness such a downgraded stance in international diplomacy and this time by a profoundly critical actor.
NaMA knows and honors the universal concern for human rights and humanitarian issues. The general concern by the US Department of State on the conditions of civilians in Tigray and the request for adequate protections is a really commendable effort.
However, we hold that a less than full knowledge about the details in the chain of events that happened in Tigray only eclipses revelation of critical factors which are indespensable for determining who to blame at all. A rush to pass political judgments without objective verification of facts would only lead to biased conclusions which in turn tarnishes reputations.
NaMA usually expects the United States to act according to universally established norms and meet reasonable expectations. Accordingly, we consider the Statement by the Department of State as negatively impacting the regard for the generally known, predictable and respected stature of US foreign policy.
The world knows that TPLF and surrogates have been practically behind the national crisis which made the Ethiopian People pay dearly and continue to hamper progress.
The myriad human sufferings, the destruction of property and colossal loss of lives deliberately caused by TPLF on the Ethiopian People during its brutal rule should demand a call for the institution of a Transitional Justice.
The fact that TPLF has provoked the Ethiopian Government and drawn to the war by attacking the Northern Command of the Ethiopian Defense Force (ENDF) is already settled. TPLF launched an attack on the ENDF, ostensibly tried to back up using an uncommon «anticipatory self-defense» argument. Then, the resolve of the Ethiopian People and Government to banish TPLF must be regarded as completely warrantable.
The savagery of TPLF was clearly shown in the enormous brutality of attacks it inflicted on soldiers caught unsuspecting and unprepared; executed several thousands of helpless military people; wounded and captives. Judging from the stand point of principles and moral values, those attrocious acts of TPLF are purely reprehensible.
The Northern Command of the ENDF has long stationed in Tigray to primarily protect the People; the Command has been in Tigray since the start of the TPLF-led war Ethiopia had with Eritrea. Beyond giving protection to the people, the Northern Command used to assist the Tigray People in many their development works.
That infamous day TPLF launched the coordinated attacks on the Northern Command of ENDF will always be a reckoning for the Ethiopian people as an attack by a Government splinter on own Military.
The day before the TPLF opened the attack, the military was dispersed throughout the various localities in Tigray to help the people during crop harvesting and while fighting the spread of locust swarms that plagued the region. It it beyond the imagination of the Ethiopian People as to why the military was attacked at all and particularly during that specific time.
It should also be recalled that TPLF had unleashed another nefarious attack on the Amhara People that very day it opened fire on the military. At a place called Kira Kir, TPLF launched a huge surprise attack with the intent to dominate and destablize the Amhara region. Had those attacks not been repelled back by the intervention of the Amhara Special Forces and Militia, it could have culminated in genocidal-massacres on the Amhara People and the dismemberment or fall of Ethiopia. Therefore, the Amhara regional forces have rightfully intervened in order to avert a looming catastrophe of huge proportions.
The glimpse of what TPLF would do to the Amhara People if it managed to enter into the mainland Amhara may be captured by the nature of attrocities committed on the Amhara People in the town of Maikadra. The Ethiopian Human Rights Commission, Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and other human rights organizations have reported that more than one thousand innocent people of Amhara decent were slaughtered in cold blood in a span of few days in Maikadra.
Of course, TPLF was born with and grown with a deep racial hatred for the Amhara. It attacked the Amhara People consistently throughout practicing all sorts of mayhem. Just this time, the dying clique has the obsessive desire to attack the Amhara when and where it gets the opportunity.
The areas often glossed over as «Western Tigray» are historic Amharan territories forcefully annexed by TPLF to Tigray. The Amhara People living in these territories have been subjected to the worst forms of ethnic cleansing and genocide by the TPLF rule. The popular resistence movements that brought TPLF government out of power were intitially brewed by the ethnically profiled, subjugated and massacred people in these territories. As time went by and the agression of TPLF continued unabated for many decades, the cause in the territories was blown up by the total support of the Amhara People. The move was humanitarian as well as self-preservation!
In fact, NaMA has its own political opinion about the actors named in the Statement by the Department of State. However, we would like to limit ourselves to remarking on the specific references the Department of State made concerning the Amhara security forces.
It must never be doubted that the Amhara forces stationed in territories so called «Western Tigray» are rightfully there as part of the restored Amharan local adminstrations now under the Amhara Regional Government. In their normal functioning, the Amhara security forces engage in maintaining law and order. During extraordinary situations particularly when TPLF forces pose security threats, the Amhara Special Force and Militia are there to protect the People. They are tasked with what any organized people would normally be expected to do in the world over.
Now that the rights and claims of the Amhara People on these long contested territories are perfectly supported by historical facts, the continued attrocious acts of TPLF against the Amhara People in those territories warrant interventions, treasonous acts are being repeatedly committed by TPLF, the use by TPLF of these territories as military fortifications and launching pads of attacks on the rest of the Amhara region, the Amhara forces inseparably linked to the works of the local Amhara Administrations are established, otherwise suggestions for the withdrawal of Amharan forces become detrimental to peace and stability. Such an approach will definitely result in a perpetual strife in the country and the horn at large. It may also connote a desire to disturb and distroy the integrity of Ethiopia and violate its sovereignty.
What’s more? Working against what the facts indicated here-in-above truely amounts to sheer neglect of the true causes of the Amharan People and subscribing to the TPLF account despite truth and justice.
NaMA is not that interested in naming and discussing the defunct TPLF per se, but likes to inform the world community about the true causes of the problems and happenings in Ethiopia.
We don’t hide our disappointment about the selective focus on the situations in Tigray leaving aside similar plights of the Amhara People suffering in many areas across Ethiopia. We believe that such double standard is the result in the influence of narrative rooted propaganda dissiminated for a long time by TPLF. Understanding this reality, NaMA wants to counter the wide misinformation and disinformation campaign TPLF has launched for several decades against Ethiopia and Amhara. Now, TPLF cohorts and sympathizers are working in tandem with some forces in a last ditch attempt to resuscitate from the dead.
However, this effort to give life to the still born must always be taken as a disruption to normalcy. NaMA will always be committed for genuine peace making, the equality, freedom and justice for all people, the respect and protection of human rights, safeguarding the integrity and sovereignty of Ethiopia.
Finally, we call up on the US Department of State to withdraw the unhelpful statement it issued on Ethiopia. Particularly, we demand that part of the Statement about the withdrawal of the Amhara forces be severed.
We call up on the Ethiopian Government to reject in the strongest of terms blatant accusations made against itself, the ENDF and the Amhara People.
The Ethiopian people should also disavow the unbridled interference in the sovereignty of their beloved Ethiopia. They should join efforts in the face of agressions at this trying time.
Call on Country loving Ethiopians here and in the diaspora to stand shoulder to shoulder and desist from divisive activities that make us fall prey.
NATIONAL MOVEMENT OF AMHARA(NAMA)!
May 16, 2021
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia”
Emphasis our own. See original here: https://satenaw.com/ethiopian-opposition-reacts-to-statement-from-u-s-state-department/
Last November, under the Trump Administration:
“On Wednesday, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo appealed for calm.
“We are deeply concerned by reports that the Tigray People’s Liberation Front carried out attacks on Ethiopian National Defense Force bases in Ethiopia’s Tigray region,” Pompeo said in a statement posted to social media. “We urge immediate action to restore the peace and de-escalate tensions.”
The U.S. Embassy in capital, Addis Ababa, called via Twitter for “an immediate de-escalation … and a measured response by both sides.”
“Abiy received the Nobel Peace Prize in 2019 for his efforts to build international cooperation and ease conflict with neighboring Eritrea. The Tigray region borders Eritrea.” https://www.voanews.com/africa/mps-approve-state-emergency-after-ethiopia-launches-military-operation-tigray
“Ethiopia: WHO director-general works as TPLF diplomat
Ethiopia accuses Tedros Adhanom of soliciting diplomatic, military support for Tigray People’s Liberation Front” by Seleshi Tessema 17.11.2020
Excerpt: “The TPLF dominated political life in Ethiopia for more than three decades before current Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, who hails from the Oromo ethnic group, came to power in 2018. The Oromo is the largest ethnic tribe in Ethiopia, representing around 34.9% of the country’s population of 114.9 million, while the Tigray account for only 7.3%.” https://www.aa.com.tr/en/africa/ethiopia-who-director-general-works-as-tplf-diplomat/2046193
Ethiopia – The World Factbook
“Following a wave of popular dissent and anti-government protest that began in 2015, HAILEMARIAM resigned in February 2018 and ABIY Ahmed Ali took office in April 2018 as Ethiopia’s first ethnic Oromo prime minister. In June 2018, ABIY announced Ethiopia would accept the border ruling of 2000, prompting rapprochement between Ethiopia and Eritrea …”
Entire Blinken-Biden Statement: “Continuing Atrocities and Denial of Humanitarian Access in Ethiopia’s Tigray Region PRESS STATEMENT by ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE MAY 15, 2021 The United States is gravely concerned by the increasing number of confirmed cases of military forces blocking humanitarian access to parts of the Tigray region. This unacceptable behavior places the 5.2 million people in the region in immediate need of humanitarian assistance at even greater risk. The United States unequivocally calls upon the Governments of Eritrea and Ethiopia to take all necessary steps to ensure that their forces in Tigray cease and desist this reprehensible conduct. We also again call on all parties to comply with obligations under international humanitarian law, including those relevant to the protection of civilians, and to cease immediately all hostilities and allow relief to reach those suffering and in greatest need of assistance. The Ethiopian government should lead in this regard and immediately facilitate full and unhindered access for humanitarian actors to all parts of the Tigray region.
There are many credible reports of armed forces in Tigray committing acts of violence against civilians, including gender-based violence and other human rights abuses and atrocities. The conduct of the Eritrean Defense Forces and Amhara regional forces have been particularly egregious. The continued presence of Eritrean forces in Tigray further undermines Ethiopia’s stability and national unity. We again call upon the Government of Eritrea to remove its forces from Tigray. Both Eritrean and Ethiopian authorities have repeatedly promised such a withdrawal, but we have seen no movement towards implementation. We equally urge the Government of Ethiopia to withdraw Amhara regional forces from the Tigray region and ensure that effective control of western Tigray is returned to the Transitional Government of Tigray. Prime Minister Abiy and President Isaias must hold all those responsible for atrocities accountable.
Bureau of African Affairs
Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor
Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration
Human Rights and Democracy
Office of the Spokesperson
Refugee and Humanitarian Assistance
The Secretary of State” https://www.state.gov/continuing-atrocities-and-denial-of-humanitarian-access-in-ethiopias-tigray-region/
Dem (Majority) Senate letter (tweeted out by the Oromo Liberation Army https://archive.md/c4I3U):
“Ambassador Jeffrey Feltman
U.S. Special Envoy for the Horn of Africa
United States Department of State
2201 C St., NW
Washington, DC 20520
Congratulations on your appointment as U.S. Special Envoy for the Horn of Africa. It is a critically important region faced with many complex challenges. We trust that your experience and leadership will enable the United States to respond in a strategic, coordinated manner.
We write to share our perspective on the ongoing, interconnected crises in Ethiopia, which we hope you will take into consideration as you prepare to travel to the region. We are all deeply disturbed by the humanitarian and human rights consequences of the conflict occurring in the Tigray region since early November 2020. In addition to the estimated 1.7 million internally displaced, 62,000 forced to flee as refugees, and 4.5 million in need of urgent food aid, numerous credible reports have emerged of serious human rights abuses committed by security forces against civilians, including the widespread use of sexual and gender-based violence. We encourage you to use all diplomatic tools available to ensure that Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed fulfills his commitments to provide unfettered humanitarian access to the region, to secure the withdrawal of Eritrean and non-state troops from Tigray, to allow independent investigations into human rights violations, and to hold perpetrators accountable. These immediate steps are critically needed to curb the growing threat of famine and to stop systemic human rights abuses against civilians throughout the region.
At the same time, we are also very concerned about the increase of ethnic violence in other parts of Ethiopia. For example, in December 2020, in the Benishangul-Gumuz region, at least 200 Amhara, Oromo, Shinasa, Agaw, and other ethnic minorities were killed by assailants. Similar attacks have since taken place in the Oromia region, as well. It is estimated that clashes in March and April 2021 in the North Shewa Zone and Oromia Special Zone of the Amhara region, which prompted the Ethiopian government to declare a local state of emergency, left upwards of 400 people dead. And on April 22, 2021, the Ethiopian Human Rights Commission reported that the Sedal Woreda (county), which is home to about 25,000 people and the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, was “under near full control” of a non-state armed group.
This spate of violence has devastated communities. In addition to the displacement in Tigray, more than 655,000 Ethiopians in other parts of the country have been displaced by violence in 2021 alone. The Ethiopian government has left the victims of these attacks without sufficient support, protection, or justice, triggering mass protests across the Amhara region. We must be unequivocal in stating that violence against civilians anywhere, regardless of their ethnicity, religion, or politics, is a threat to Ethiopians everywhere and will not go unanswered.
The destabilizing potential of these trends should not be underestimated, especially in light of the national elections planned for June 5, 2021. These planned elections are not currently on track to meet international standards for freedom, fairness, and transparency. Already, several opposition political parties in Ethiopia have announced plans to abstain from the elections due to a lack of faith that they will be conducted credibly. This fear is based in part on the government’s detention of thousands of opposition leaders and supporters, some of whom have been deprived of due process, tortured, or even summarily executed, according to Amnesty International’s May 2020 Report. We worry that, if elections move forward without the reforms required to earn the trust of the Ethiopian public, growing ethnic and political tensions across the country will boil over into even greater violence.
For these reasons, in addition to your advocacy surrounding the Tigray conflict, we urge you to advocate for peace, reconciliation, and tolerance throughout Ethiopia. In the immediate term, this means pushing Ethiopia’s leaders to curtail violence against civilians by state and non-state actors throughout the country and to lay the groundwork for truly democratic elections. Over the longer term, we hope that you will support the independent investigation of human rights abuses committed in Oromia, Amhara, Benishangul-Gumuz, Tigray, and other regions, with full accountability for those found responsible. We also encourage you to promote a process of national dialogue that brings together all of the country’s ethnic and political groups to chart a more stable, harmonious, and inclusive future for Ethiopia.
Ethiopia has long been an important partner to the United States and plays a significant role in the broader East Africa region. It is in the interests of Ethiopia, the U.S., and the international community to resolve the major challenges afflicting Ethiopia today. Simultaneously, we must encourage peaceful, negotiated solutions to points of rising tension between Ethiopia and its neighbors, such as the operation of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam. No one of these challenges can be addressed in isolation; we need holistic strategies that reflect the interwoven nature of these crises. We stand ready to help you develop and execute those strategies, and look forward to working with you to advance human rights, democracy, and prosperity in Ethiopia and the entire Horn of Africa.